Start: 7:00 pm
An evening of varied and assorted new work from Northwest writersfiction and poetryis in store with this joint visit by Corvallis fiction writer and Oregon State professor Susan Jackson Rodgers, Portland poet Wendy Willis, and Tacoma fiction writer and Pacific Lutheran professor Jason Skipper. Susan Jackson Rodgers is here with her story collection, Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6 (Press 53). "These stories are domestic in the most meaningful sense of the word: about parents an lovers, about homes and the desperate, vivid, sexy, pragmatic, haunted, and harried lives that go on in them." – Anthony Doerr. For Wendy Willis, it is a debut poetry collection, Blood Sisters of the Republic (Press 53). "With a voice as uptown as it is down-home, Wendy Willis' splendid poems make one astonishing yet satisfying leap after another ... The width and depth of her embrace is remarkable, her vision as fearless as her full-tilt music." – Paulann Petersen. Jason Skipper's recent (and first) novel is Hustle (Press 53), was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. "If works of fiction could be harnessed as alternative sources of energy, then Jason Skipper's assured debut novel, Hustle, would be lighting up a town. Skipper's ability to convey place reminds one of the best stories from the American South, and the memorable, vital characters that populate this book are those a reader opens a novel hoping to encounter." – Stuart Dybek, joined by Charles Baxter, Jaimy Gordon, Peter Orner, and John Dufresne in early praise.