Daring Debuts: A Reading with Paul Cohen & Courtney Morgan

Join BookBar for a reading of two daring debuts! We'll be hearing from Paul Cohen, author of The Glamshack, and Courtney Morgan, author of The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman.

About Courtney E. Morgan:
Courtney E. Morgan received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she has also taught creative writing workshops for five years. Her collection of stories, The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman, was a semifinalist for the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and is forthcoming from FC2 Press in Spring 2017. Her writing has also been published in PleiadesThe Red AnthologyAmerican Book Review, and others. She is a recipient of the Thompson Award for Western American Writing, and was longlisted for the Diana Woods Memorial Award at Lunch Ticket and Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Fiction. Courtney is the founder and managing editor of The Thought Erotic journal on sexuality and gender. She currently lives in Denver with her son and is working on her next novel.  

About The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman:
In unfamiliar and sometimes bizarre narrative turns, the stories in Courtney E. Morgan’s The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman traverse the gamut of female/human experience, both grounded in reality and in the irreal. Two schoolgirls culminate their sexual exploration in a surreal act of cannibalism. A sister molds her dead brother’s body into a bird. A woman gives birth to balls of twine and fur (among other things). A sex worker engages a version of herself in a brothel of prostituted body parts.

The book weaves around questions of sexuality, identity, and subjectivity. Mutability, instability, and liminality are foregrounded, both in content and form, character and language—blurring the lines between birth and death, death and sex, tugging at the transitional spaces of adolescence and gestation. Even as its treatment is essentialized, gender is muddied and obscured. Morgan shows off her linguistic range in this collection, from sharp-as-nails prose to lyrical moments of poetic reach—probing the extremes of the human condition through both narrative line and language itself.

About Paul Cohen:
Paul Cohen’s fiction has been published in Tin House, Five Chapters and Eleven Eleven. His new novel, THE SLEEPING INDIAN, was recently named a finalist for the 2016 Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Village Voice, Details, the Christian Science Monitor and others. Cohen earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a teaching scholarship as well as the Prairie Lights Prize for Fiction (judged by Ethan Canin). He lives in Boulder, Colorado. 

About The Glamshack:
Reluctant fashion journalist Henry Folsom is in love with Her, an incandescent beauty whose smile is an Event. The only problem is Her fiancé. And She’s going to see him for twelve days, while Henry smolders in The Glamshack, his borrowed Silicon Valley poolhouse and site of their affair. Mesmerized by the American Indian wars and grasping for the divine, Henry must decide what it means to make his Last Stand. Nominated for a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award, The Glamshack is a bold, lyrical, darkly humorous novel on love, divinity and the male gaze that echoes early masterpieces of Cormac McCarthy and Martin Amis, but is entirely Paul Cohen.

Event date: 
Friday, July 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Glamshack Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998409207
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Published: 7.13 Books - June 15th, 2017

The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573660594
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Published: Fiction Collective 2 - March 7th, 2017