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The Wry Eye: Cutting Looks at Contemporary Life w/ Elisabeth Cohen & Kathy Anderson


Join us for the next installment of
The ALL BUT TRUE Reading Series
author readings hosted by
The Working Writers Group!

Two gifted authors take cutting looks at contemporary life. Alternately satirical and poignant, deeply felt and laugh-out-loud funny, these books delve into both the mysteries and absurdities of our skewed contemporary life.

THE GLITCH by Elisabeth Cohen is a send-up of tech life and our frenzied have-it-all culture. Shelley Stone, a super-efficient Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two, thinks she has everything under control. She takes power naps while waiting in line and schedules romance with her husband for when they’re already changing clothes. But when she meets a young woman also named Shelley Stone who has the exact same scar on her shoulder, Shelley has to wonder: Is she finally buckling under the pressure?

The Glitch takes a hard look at the definition of work-life balance. Through hilarious antics and sensational story lines, Elisabeth Cohen encourages readers to slow down, take a breath and consider the perspective of a younger you. Would that person think you are living your best life?” —THE WASHINGTON POST

“An ambitious and entertaining novel … Cohen is a shrewd writer.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Kathy Anderson’s BULL AND OTHER STORIES (winner of the Autumn House Fiction Prize) mixes dark humor with raw moments of pain and misunderstanding. Focusing on characters whose predicaments are typically ignored—a funeral driver, a female power couple, a boy upset that his father has become a woman—she pulls us into situations that are just far enough beyond the conventional to intrigue and disturb us. Are these lives tipping into farce or tragedy—or both?

“These short stories pack an emotional punch and leave the reader feeling both pleasure and an immense feeling of loss. The collection asks the reader to move on, but the emotional weight stays with you long after you finish.” —MID-AMERICAN REVIEW

“Disorienting and illuminating, playful and often penetrating, the stories of Kathy Anderson astonish. She has already established herself as a powerful new voice on the national literary scene.” —David Lynn, editor of THE KENYON REVIEW

The event includes author readings, discussion, book signings, and refreshments.

Elisabeth Cohen’s work has appeared in The Mississippi Review, The Cincinnati Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, and The Millions. Her novel The Glitch was published by Doubleday in 2018. She graduated from Princeton University and has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins and an MLS from the University of Maryland, where she worked as a literary archivist. She now works as a medical editor and lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two sons.

Kathy Anderson’s short story collection, Bull and Other Stories (Autumn House Press, 2016), won the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, was a finalist for Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the Lambda Literary Awards, and Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, as well as longlisted for The Story Prize. She was honored as a Tennessee Williams Scholar in fiction at the 2018 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. As a playwright, her plays have been produced and staged nationally and internationally. To follow, @anderson_kathy and

The Glitch: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385542784
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - May 22nd, 2018

Bull: And Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938769115
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Published: Autumn House - January 1st, 2016

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

MUNCY by Maggie S. Rymsza and M. Earl Smith

Join us for a reading and discussion of MUNCY with authors Maggie S. Rymsza and M. Earl Smith!

MUNCY is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book is written by local authors Maggie S. Rymsza and M. Earl Smith with the Muncy Historical Society, and is set to release on June 25, 2018.

Nestled along the banks of the Susquehanna River, Muncy first situated itself within the dynamic beginnings of America as the center of action during raids and battles on the frontier. Following the American Revolution, the town prospered as the lumber industry profited from its bountiful mountains and waterway accessibility, leaving Muncy with a competitive legacy of commerce.

When the Civil War erupted in America, Muncy became both a key stop on the Underground Railroad and a hotbed for abolitionist activity. This colorful history remains preserved in the architecture of the town, as numerous buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. These houses are not museum properties, rather the buildings serve as integral parts of the community as both homes and businesses.

Opened in 1936, the Muncy Historical Society remains a unifying presence in the town, acting as a gatekeeper to the community's history. Today, Muncy serves as a portal between America's revolutionary past and the future of small-town America.

Maggie S. Rymsza, 21, is a native of Muncy. Her family has occupied the Muncy area for several generations, and Maggie herself continues to hold a dear fascination with her community and the people that occupy it.

Maggie is a graduate of Muncy High School, and a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majors in Early American history. As a former historical society intern, she was delighted by the opportunity to
compile and edit this photographic history in conjunction with the Muncy Historical Society.

Maggie has interned at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, and has worked at the Kislak Center for Rare Books at the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library. When in Muncy, Maggie works at Orlando’s Restaurant

When she is away from her duties as a historian, Maggie enjoys music and concerts, and hosts her
own show on WQHS, the student radio station at the University of Pennsylvania.

M. Earl Smith is a professor of English literature at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Chatfield College in Saint Martin, Ohio, Smith completed his master’s degree in English literature
from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

He has written eight books, five of which are published by Arcadia Publishing. He resides in Philadelphia with his Shetland Sheepdog, Che.

The pair hope this volume both honors Muncy’s past and prepares it for its future. It also stands as a tribute to the Muncy Historical Society, the careful stewards of the town’s storied history.

Muncy (Images of America) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467128711
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - June 25th, 2018

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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