READING: Author and Professor Michelle Latiolais

Wednesday, July 13, Presented by Fallbrook's Writers Read

Café des Artistes 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available 6:00 to 6:45 Michelle Latiolais reading and Q&A 6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Michelle Latiolais, an English professor at UC Irvine’s Programs in Writing, will be reading from her new book, Widow: Stories, a collection of stories, involutions and essays published by Bellevue Literary Press in January.

Named a New York Times Editor's Choice, the Times described Widow as “Bracing, exposed, ruthlessly mercurial . . . If part of the book’s beauty resides in its language, both its precision and its sheer, wild exaltation, another part—the greater part—resides in its insistence on shunning prettiness, etiquette, niceness, guile. . . . Somehow Latiolais brings [her] briefest of tales to an ending that made me cry. The book is absurdly sexy, too, in the way that truth can be sexy, and marks of ravage can stir us, and sweaty labors awaken appetite. The writing thrums with aggression and a lush, rooted sensuality . . . the rewards here are enormous.”

Latiolais is also the author of the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her second novel, A Proper Knowledge was published in 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press. Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones, said of the book, "In prose shimmering with intelligence and compassion, Michelle Latiolais dissects the essentials of everyday life to find the heartbeat within. A Proper Knowledge reveals an author with that rare eye which is at once both clinical and poetic."

Latiolais has contributed to three anthologies, Absolute Disaster, Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof! Writers on Dogs. Her stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities ReviewSanta Monica Review and, most recently, the Iowa Review and the Northwest Review.

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