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 facebook.com/kathyandersonwriter1.