Jenny Shank In-Person Book Launch: Mixed Company

Please join us for the launch of MIXED COMPANY by the fantastic Jenny Shank at BookBar on October 16 at 7pm MT! We're so excited to offer limited in-person author events again. Please note that registration is free but required in order to cap attendance, and masks are required for all guests. Vaccinated individuals can remove their masks when seated and eating or drinking. If Covid conditions change, we may need to reschedule this event as a virtual event. Register here:

About the Author: Jenny Shank’s novel The Ringer won the High Plains Book Award. Her writing has appeared in The AtlanticThe Washington Post, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and McSweeney’s. Her work has been honorably mentioned by Best American Essays, the Pushcart Prize, and her mother. She teaches in the Mile High MFA program at Regis University and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.

About the Book: In Mixed Company Jenny Shank reveals moments of grace and connection between people of her hometown, Denver, through stories that contrast the city during its oil-bust era of economic troubles and court-ordered crosstown busing for racial desegregation with the burgeoning and gentrifying city of recent years.

In “Casa del Rey,” a cautious pregnant woman must contend with her out-of-control and intrusive neighbor. In “Hurts,” a girls’ basketball team at a majority Black Denver high school clashes with a white mountain team. In “La Sexycana,” a bottom-feeding journalist ventures to a dance club to confront the young Latina woman she mentored as a teenager who then cut off all contact with her. “Lightest Lights Against Darkest Darks” follows a white middle schooler bused to a majority Black school who falls under the spell of her magnetic and racially ambiguous art teacher. In “Signing for Linemen,” a graduate student in medieval literature takes a job as a summer tutor for a college football team and ends up learning more than she expected about athletes, American Sign Language, and herself. In “Local Honey,” middle-aged white parents bring their adopted Black teenage son to a Wu-Tang Clan concert in an attempt to bond with him.

Characters find their initial perceptions and ideas overturned in these stories laced with humor, heart, and grit. Jenny Shank forges fiction out of the sparks that fly when diverse people encounter one another.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Published: Texas Review Press - November 15th, 2021