Erin McGraw will read from her new collection, Joy: And 52 Other Very Short Stories, on Tuesday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Gailor Auditorium. The event is open to the public, and a book signing and reception will follow the reading.
Hilarious and serious, the stories in Joy include an impulsive first-time murderer, Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, a depressed pet sitter, and an assistant of Patsy Cline. Kirkus Reviews asks, “How can stories this brief be so satisfying?... [McGraw] deals with the profound, the dire, the mundane, and the ridiculous… While some stories are meant purely to amuse, many are intense and beautiful… Fifty-three gems that demonstrate all the things a short story can do. Wow.”
Erin McGraw is the author of the novels The Baby Tree, The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard, and Better Food for a Better World, and four story collections. Her stories and essays have appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, Good Housekeeping, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, STORY, The Georgia Review, and many others.
Photo: Erin McGraw (credit Nadia Peters)