Kaitlin Solimine & Warren Read
Tonight we present two authors with novels from Ig Publishing, a New York based small press known for well reviewed and award winning literary fiction (as well as for political and cultural nonfiction titles). Kaitlin Solimine, a former Fulbright Fellow, is here with Empire of Glass, an earlier version of which won a Dzanc/Disquiet International Literary Program award (judged by Colson Whitehead).
“Empire of Glass is a bold and luminous book, a novel that captures the great upheavals of history and the smallest fissures in family life with equal attention, intimacy, and insight. Kaitlin Solimine has found an affecting, unexpected angle from which to understand China’s tumultuous recent past: the relationship between the American homestay student and her Chinese parents is at once tender, complicated, and moving, and her attempts at telling their story a reminder that translation can be both a baffling responsibility and a profound act of love.”— Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.
Warren Read, a graduate of Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, reads from his debut novel, Ash Falls. Set in a moss-draped, Pacific Northwest mountain town, Ash Falls is the story of a closely connected community both held together and torn apart by one man’s single act of horrific violence. As the residents of Ash Falls—which include a convicted murderer’s ex-wife and teenage son—wait on edge, wondering if and when Ernie Luntz will reappear, they come to discover that they are held prisoner not by the killer in the woods outside their town, but by the chains of their own creation.
"Ash Falls is a dynamite debut: keenly observed, well-paced, and dripping with atmosphere. Read’s gritty, hard-knock characters walk off the page." -Jonathan Evison.