Charlottesville, VA (VR) — New Dominion Bookshop (404 E Main St.) will host a book reading and signing with author Louise Marburg on Saturday, November 12, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Louise Marburg will be reading from her new collection of short stories, You Have Reached Your Destination, which will be released from Eastover Press in mid-November. A conversation with author Sharon Harrigan will follow. This in-person event will be cosponsored by local nonprofit WriterHouse and will be free to attend and open to the public. The bookshop recommends arriving early for the best seating.
“The best short stories soar because of their author’s wisdom, their knowledge of human nature, their ability to telegraph that knowledge in this odd, compressed form. Louise Marburg has that rare wisdom; her fiction absolutely hums with it, and yes, soars. This book is enlightening, challenging, and moving. I am so glad it is out in the world.” —Robin Black
About the Book: Within the stories that comprise You Have Reached Your Destination, award-winning author Louise Marburg captures turning points in the lives of twelve disparate women. Marburg’s crisp, clear-eyed prose, infused with dark humor, reveals the inevitable collapse of pretension beneath the struggles of loneliness, death, and the all-too-human need to be seen. From a pre-teen attempting to understand her father’s suicide to a ninety-year-old caught in shadows of past marital abuse, each of these women is made to confront the reality that change is the only certainty. This collection, Marburg’s finest yet, invites us to face ourselves and our own life journeys with sympathy, humor, and courage.
About the Author: Louise Marburg is the author of two previous collections of stories, The Truth About Me and No Diving Allowed. Her work has appeared in such journals as Narrative, Ploughshares, ST ORY, The Hudson Review, and many others. She has been supported by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Kenyon Writing Workshops, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in New York City with her husband, the artist Charles Marburg, and is at work on her fourth book, a novel in stories.
About the Moderator: Sharon Harrigan is the author of the novel Half and the memoir Playing with Dynamite, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press. She has an MFA in creative writing from Pacific University and has published more than fifty essays, short stories, and reviews in VQR, New York Times (Modern Love column), The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She works as an independent editor and teaches creative writing to adults at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she lives with her family. Find her online at sharonharrigan.net.