We are delighted to host this Sunday afternoon reading, sponsored by the Chicago Quarterly Review, with Paul Skenazy, Jay Shearer, and Dipika Mukerje. Join us for the finest in contemporary fiction. Coffee and cookies will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Paul Skenazy taught literature and writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz for thirty-five years. He has written critical pieces on writers as diverse as James M. Cain, Saul Bellow and Maxine Hong Kingston, revised and edited a posthumous novel by a friend (Arturo Islas, La Mollie and the King of Tears) and published more than three hundred book reviews in newspapers and magazines nationwide. His new book, Temper CA won the 2018 Miami University Press Novella Prize for 2018. He lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife, poet Farnaz Fatemi, and an old cat and young dog who don’t see eye to eye.
Dipika Mukherjee is a writer and sociolinguist. Her work, focusing on the politics of modern Asian societies and diaspora, includes the novels Ode to Broken Things (Repeater, 2016) and Shambala Junction (Aurora Metro, 2016). Language Shifts Among Malaysian Minorities as Effects Of National Language Planning: Speaking in Many Tongues, her co-edited collection of academic essays, was published by Amsterdam University Press (2011). She has been mentoring Southeast Asian writing for over two decades and has edited five anthologies of Southeast Asian fiction. She lives in Chicago.
Jay Shearer’s writing has appeared, among other places, in Southeast Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Other Voices and Tikkun. He is the author of a novel, Five Hundred Sirens (Cairn Press), a chapbook novelette, The Pulpit vs. the Hole (Gold Line Press) and a play, The Full Treatment (which ran last year at Broom Street Theater in Madison). His story collection How Exquisite the Dead Girl was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (University of Georgia). He teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lives in the city with his family.
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Fiction. LGBTQIA Studies. California Interest. Joy Temper grew up wandering the woods of Temper, CA, a Gold Rush town her family helped establish in the 1840s. When she returns to Temper for her grandfather's funeral, she discovers that the stories she's long traded on about her hippie upbringing have little to do with reality.
Iris, an American, is visiting India for the first time with her fianc and not enjoying the trip. When she steps down from the train at Shambala Junction to buy a bottle of water, little does she know that her life will radically change.