Rikki Ducornet with Brian Evenson

One of this country’s great, most alive and most imaginative writers (and artists) at work, Rikki Ducornet virtually joins us from her Port Townsend home to read from and talk about her dazzling new novel, Trafik (Coffee House Press). One of the most internationally acclaimed writers (poems, stories, novels, essays)  in this part of the country, with her books published in fifteen languages, her art exhibited internationally, and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, Rikki Ducornet tells a singularly brilliant story, not entirely of this earth, but with deep earthward intensities, thoughts, emotions in Trafik.

“A winsome space picaresque in which surreality piles upon surreality. . . . A longtime master of the extraordinary sentence, Ducornet has outdone herself here, blending SF’s penchant for invented jargon with her own queer linguistic egalitarianism. . . . in a primordial soup of possibility. This slender book captivates with its ferocious curiosity, quick wit, and ultimately tender generosity. Carried along by the bumptious rollick of its language, this tale is full of sound and fury, signifying literally everything.”—Kirkus Reviews.

“Surrealism meets space opera in Trafik, Rikki Ducornet’s startlingly original look at a post-human and non-human pairing wandering through space while obsessed with the scattered fragments of a world they never knew. At once funny and absurd, Trafik peers at our own time through the lens of the future to reveal what we should regret losing and what would be better gone.” —Brian Evenson.

That same Brian Evenson, himself the author of such books as Father of Lies, Feral, and Song for the Unraveling of the World, with a new book of stories, The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell (Coffee House Press), due out in August, will join Rikki Ducornet in conversation. Rikki Ducornet’s other recent books include Netsuke, The Deep Zoo, and Brightfellow.


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Trafik Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566896061
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - April 13th, 2021

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ISBN: 9781566895484
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - June 11th, 2019

Friday, April 23, 2021 - 6:00pm
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