Weird Realism in Short Stories: A Reading and Conversation with David Hayden and Laura van den Berg

Join a reading by David Hayden and Laura van den Berg as they explore the weird in short fiction. Georgia Review editor Gerald Maa will lead with introductions, and Nicholas Allen, director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Artswill facilitate a conversation between the authors. This event is part of the 2020 Spotlight on the Arts Festival.

Hayden was born in Ireland and lives in England. His writing has appeared in The Stinging FlyGranta OnlineZoetrope: All-StoryThe Dublin ReviewAGNI, and A Public Space. His work has also appeared in the anthology Being Various: New Irish Writing (Faber, 2019), edited by Lucy Caldwell, and has aired on BBC and RTÉ radio. His first book, Darker with the Lights on, was published by Transit Books in 2017.

Van den Berg is the author of two story collections and the novels Find Me (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) and The Third Hotel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018), which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She is the recipient of the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, and a PEN/O. Henry Award, and a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her third collection of stories, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux is now available.

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This event is free, although attendees are encouraged to purchase copies of Hayden's Darker with the Lights on and van den Berg's I Hold a Wolf by the Ears from Avid Bookshop.

Purchase issues of The Georgia Review with David Hayden and Laura van den Berg’s short stories at a special bundle price from our online shop.

For each purchase, buyers will receive a complimentary copy of the spring 2011 short story retrospective of The Georgia Review. With subscriptions put “weird” in the “order notes” section upon checkout.

Monday, November 16, 2020 at 5:00pm

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