May 8, 2012

Reading: Lucia Perillo at the Seattle Public Library, May 12

Here's a good one, this Saturday at 2pm at the Central Library:

Celebrated poet and essayist Lucia Perillo reads from two new books. Published this month are her debut story collection, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (W.W. Norton), and a powerful new poetry collection, On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths (Copper Canyon Press). Lucia Perillo's many accolades include a MacArthur Fellowship and the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress. "Though the prevailing tone is one of ironic melancholy, a subtle but engaging sense of hope prevails. Perillo strikes a glorious balance between wryly intelligent prose and emotional force, recalling Alice Munro at her best. This volume's vibrant stories demonstrate the full potential of the short story form when put in the hands of a true artist." – Publishers Weekly on Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain. Free admission. Seattle Public Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring).

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