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Tin House Presents Less Is More: Making Connections in Short Story Collections

Sat, Nov 7, 2015 from 11:00 am - 11:50 am PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Is a book still a graphic “novel” when it’s a collection of stories? Where do “connected stories” fall on the spectrum between short story collection and novel? And what about that strange beast, the elusive, seldom seen “novella”? Three authors with three very different books will discuss the joys and challenges of the short story collection: Arthur Bradford, whose new collection Turtleface and Beyond features stories all from the perspective of one narrator; David Gates, whose new book A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me includes a novella; and Adrian Tomine, whose new story collection Killing and Dying features a collection of graphic narrative vignettes. Moderated by Tony Perez (editor, Tin House Books).

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David Gates

Gates_cover_webDavid Gates lives in Missoula, where he teaches at the University of Montana, and in Granville, New York, where he is associated with the Bennington Writing Seminars. A former Guggenheim Fellow, for many years he was a writer and editor at Newsweek, where he specialized in music and books.

David Gates is teaching a Wordstock Workshop on "Crafting the Scene." This master class is limited to nine students; more info and registration here.

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Adrian Tomine

Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. He began self-publishing his comic book series Optic Nerve when he was sixteen, and in 1994 he received an offer to publish from Drawn & Quarterly. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney’sBest American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and his graphic novel Shortcomings was a New York Times Notable Book of the year. Tomine's latest book is the graphic autobiography, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters.

Adrian Tomine is appearing through a partnership with MIAMI BOOK FAIR. Purchase the Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist from Books & Books, an independent bookstore based in Miami HERE.

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Tony Perez

Tony Perez is an editor with Tin House Books. He writes about food, books, and basketball, and lives–for the most part happily–in Portland, OR. Twitter
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