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The October 19th relaunch of Four Stories is right around the corner! Or more specifically, on the corner—at the Middle East in Central Square, Cambrdige!

Featuring:

  • Sonya Larson's short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the American Literary Review, American Short Fiction, Poets & Writers, West Branch, Salamander, Del Sol Review, The Red Mountain Review, and The Hub. Two of her stories are available at Audible.com.

    She has received honors and fellowships from Best American Short Stories 2015, the Vermont Studio Center, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. She is currently the Assistant Director of GrubStreet's Muse and the Marketplace conference, and is studying fiction in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


  • Sara Majka’s story collection Cities I've Never Lived In was published this year by Graywolf Press. Her stories have appeared in A Public Space, Brick, Guernica, American Short Fiction, and PEN America. A former fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she lives in Queens, New York.

    The New York Times describes Sara Majka's story collection Cities I've Never Lived In as:
    " . . . a kind of New England gothic, where the lost children and dead women and doppelgängers serve to add atmosphere and meaning to the narrator’s past peregrinations, her dalliances and uncertainties. It turns out in the end that this is in fact a book about an arty person with a complicated personal life. But it’s a lovely one, written in a moving and uncanny register.”


  • Anna Noyes is the author of the debut story collection, Goodnight, Beautiful Women, which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice (Grove Atlantic 2016). She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Vice, A Public Space, and Guernica, among others. She has received the Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship, the James Merrill House Fellowship, and the Lighthouse Works Fellowship, and has served as writer-in-residence at the Polli Talu Arts Center in Estonia. Goodnight, Beautiful Women was awarded the 2013 Henfield Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Lotos Foundation Prize, and is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, an Amazon Best Book of the Month (Literature and Fiction), and an Indie Next Great Readspick. Noyes was raised in Downeast Maine.

    The New York Times described Anna Noyes' debut story collection Goodnight, Beautiful Women as: “Artful . . . [the stories] consistently sparkle with expressive detail . . . with sympathy and skill . . . Noyes’s knack for lucid prose includes providing her characters with simple language that nevertheless grasps an understanding of complex human dynamics.”


  • William Pierce's fiction has appeared in Granta, Ecotone, and elsewhere. He is senior editor of AGNI and author of Reality Hunger: On Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle, forthcoming this December from Arrowsmith Press.

    Writer William Pierce will be reading at our relaunch event next Wednesday, October 19th. He is the author of Reality Hunger: On Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle, forthcoming this December from Arrowsmith Press. 

    James Wood raved: “William Pierce's long essay about Karl Ove Knausgaard is remarkable -- it is searching, very intelligent, compellingly readable, and offers insights into Knausgaard's work that no other commentator has yet achieved, or dared. It also displays, as if in homage, a very Knausgaardian virtue: a kind of systematic, relentless patience that is fundamentally philosophical in nature. I learned a great deal from it.”


Free for entry, and featuring the usual mingling, laughing, and trading tales--plus the Four Stories style of intellectual inquiry: Ask a great query, win a free drink!!

Hosted by Sari Boren, and Steven Beeber!



Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6-8pm
Middle East,
Central Square
472-480 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139


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