Ruth Joffre and Joanna Luloff - Reading & Signing

Join us for a special joint reading with Ruth Joffre and Joanna Luloff! Ruth will read from her new short story collection Night Beast, and Joanna will read from her new novel Remind Me Again What Happened.

About Ruth Joffre:
Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast (Grove/Black Cat 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, The Masters Review, Lightspeed, Hayden's Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, Nashville Review, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a novel.

About Night Beast:
A masterful collection from an important new voice in American fiction, Night Beast is a gorgeously written work of profound originality and vision. These doomed love stories and twisted fairytales explore the lives of women—particularly queer women and mothers—and reveal the monsters lurking in our daily lives: the madness, isolation, betrayals, and regrets that arise as we seek human connection.

Through this collection, readers are taken to places where the sun never sets, where cornfields rustle ominously and sleepwalkers prowl the night. In “Weekend,” the lead actors of an avant-garde television show begin to confuse their characters’ identities with their own; in “Go West, and Grow Up,” a young girl living in a car with her mother is forced to shed her innocence too soon; and in “Safekeeping,” a woman trapped inside a futuristic safehouse gradually unravels as she waits for her lover, who may never return.

With exquisite prose and transfixing imagery, Joffre explores worlds both strange and familiar, homing in on the darker side of humanity. Powerful, unsettling, and wildly imaginative, Night Beast is a mind-bending, genre-hopping debut, a provocative and uncommonly raw examination of relationships and sexuality, trauma and redemption, the meaning of family, and coming-of-age—and growing old—as an outsider.

About Joanna Luloff:
Joanna Luloff’s short story collection The Beach at Galle Road was published by Algonquin Books (2012) and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her novel Remind Me Again What Happened, also with Algonquin, came out in June, 2018. Her stories and essays have appeared in several journals, including The Missouri Review, Western Humanities Review, The Cincinnati Review and New South. Joanna is an assistant professor of English at University of Colorado Denver, where she also edits fiction and nonfiction for the journal Copper Nickel.

About Remind Me Again What Happened:
Claire wakes in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She has no idea how she got there or why. The loss of so many memories is paralyzing. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos saved by her husband, Charlie, and her best friend, Rachel, and by combing through boxes of letters and casual jottings. But she senses a mystery at the center of all these fragments of her past, a feeling that something is not complete. Is Charlie still her husband? Is Rachel still her friend?

Told from alternating points of view that pull the reader into the minds of the three characters, the story unfolds as the smudge that covers Claire’s memory is gradually, steadily wiped away, until finally she can understand the why and the how of her life. And then maybe she and Charlie and Rachel can move forward, but with their lives forever changed.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 5:00pm
Night Beast Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128089
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - May 8th, 2018

Remind Me Again What Happened Cover Image
ISBN: 9781565129221
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 26th, 2018