Author Event: Lynne Barrett Reads from Magpies
October 1, 2011
Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL
Start: 7:00 pm
In Magpies (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, $17.95), Lynne Barrett's characters move through the past decade's glitter and darkness. From the Internet's fragmented pages to a gossip columnist's sweet poison to an ABCs of a hurricane season, these stories explore story forms and storytelling as a means of connection, betrayal, and survival for characters who learn, sometimes too late, the value of what's grasped and what's lost.
Reception (6:30), reading (7:00), and celebration of the publication of Magpies, Lynne Barrett's third book of short stories.
"Lynne Barrett belongs in the top tier of short-story writers in America today. Her unforgettable characters, poker-face wit, and sly plots make for an intensely enjoyable experience."
—Kelly Cherry, author of The Woman Who
"It is entirely impossible to predict what you’re going to get when you start a Lynne Barrett story: a taut tale of adultery and murder, a wry evocation of romance among the dot.com bubble, a gossip columnist who spits toads. What you do know is that you’ll keep reading—for the vibrant prose, the keen insights, and the remarkable depth of feeling. Magpies is a stone cold triumph".
—Steve Almond, author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life
About Lynne Barrett
Lynne Barrett's short story collection, The Secret Names of Women, was a Book Sense pick of the American Booksellers' Association. It includes "Elvis Lives," winner of the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America, and "Beauty," awarded the best short story prize at the Moondance International Film Festival. A new story appears in A Dixie Christmas, published by Algonquin. She is also the author of The Land of Go and co-editor of the anthology Birth: A Literary Companion. Lynne teaches in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Florida International University and lives in Miami with her husband and son.