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Tin House Presents Unexpected Family: Finding Home

Sat, Nov 7, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

The tenants of a Brooklyn brownstone band together when their home is threatened. A young Dominican girl discovers a love of horseback riding when a white woman in upstate New York takes her in. In a drought-stricken near future, a man and woman adopt (or sort-of steal) a child and find themselves lost in an inland dune sea. In a conversation moderated by OPB’s Allison Frost, Kathleen Alcott (Infinite Home), Mary Gaitskill (The Mare), and Claire Vaye Watkins (Gold Fame Citrus) discuss the ad hoc families in their new novels and finding comfort in unexpected places.

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Kathleen Alcott

KathleAlcott.cover_weben Alcott is the author of the novel The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets. Her fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, ZYZZYVA, The Coffin Factory, The Believer, and elsewhere, and her short story “Saturtion” was listed as notable by The Best American Short Stories of 2014. Born in 1988 in Northern California, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Website - Twitter - Instagram   Kathleen Alcott will give a Pop-Up Reading at 4:45pm in the American Art Gallery (Main Building, 2nd Floor).
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Mary Gaitskill

Gaitskill_cover_webMary Gaitskill is the author of the story collections Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To (nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award), and Don’t Cry, and the novels Veronica (nominated for a National Book Award) and Two Girls, Fat and Thin. Gaitskill’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories.
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Claire Vaye Watkins

Watkins_cover_webClaire Vaye Watkins is the author of Battleborn and recipient of the Story Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim, among other honors. Battleborn was named a Best Book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York and Flavorwire, and a Best Short Story Collection by NPR.org. In 2012, the National Book Foundation named Claire one of the 5 Best Writers Under 35. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, Best of the Southwest 2013, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno and the Ohio State University, Claire has received fellowships from the Writers’ Conferences at Sewanee and Bread Loaf. An assistant professor at Bucknell University, Claire is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada. Website - Twitter   Claire Vaye Watkins will give a Pop-Up Reading at 4:15pm in the Special Collections Gallery (Main Building, 1st Floor).  

Claire Vaye Watkins is appearing at “Tin House/PEN present NERD JEOPARDY (21+)” as part of Lit Crawl Portland the evening of November 7, 8:30–9:15 p.m. at the Morrison Hotel.

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