The Book Cellar
Join us at The Book Cellar as we welcome award-winning short story author, Edward Hamlin, who will be reading from his lauded collection, Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories.
About Edward Hamlin:
Edward Hamlin’s Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories was selected by Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Russell as winner of the 2015 Iowa Short Fiction Award and went on to win the Colorado Book Award. Over the past few years Edward’s work has also won the Nelligan Prize, the NCW Short Story Prize and a Top of the Mountain Novel Prize. He’s been a finalist or runner-up for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Narrative Story Prize, the Raymond Carver Award, the Nelson Algren Award, the Bridport Prize, Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Prize, Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, the Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Prize, the David Nathan Myerson Fiction Prize, the Press 53 Fiction Award and other competitions. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Colorado Review, Missouri Review, American Fiction, Carve, Bellevue Literary Review, Chariton Review, Printers Row Journal, Tiferet, InDigest, Cobalt and elsewhere. A New York native, Edward Hamlin lived in Chicago for thirty-four years and now lives in Colorado. www.edwardhamlin.com
About Night in Erg Chebbi:
Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories" spans the globe, taking us from Belfast to Brazil, Morocco to Manhattan. The teenaged daughter of an IRA assassin flees Northern Ireland only to end up in Baby Doc s terrifying Haiti. An American woman who s betrayed her brother only to lose him to a Taliban bullet comes face to face with her demons during a vacation in Morocco. A famed photojournalist must find a way to bring her life s work to closure before she goes blind, a quest that changes her understanding of the very physics of light.
By turns innocent and canny, the characters of "Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories" must learn to improvise quickly when confronted with stark choices they never dreamed they d have to make. Lyrical, immaculately constructed and deeply felt, these nine stories take us far beyond our comfort zones and deep into the wilds of the human heart.