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A reading featuring Téa Obreht, Christine Schutt, and Wells Tower
To coincide with Halloween, Harper’s Magazine presents “Monsters: A Celebration of Villainy, Exploitation, and Abuse,” a reading featuring selections from the magazine and work by Harper’s Magazine contributors Téa Obreht, Christine Schutt, and Wells Tower.
WHEN: Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 P.M.
WHERE: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, New York City.
WHO: Téa Obreht’s first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, will be published by Random House in 2011. Her article “The Twilight of the Vampires” appears in the November issue of Harper’s.
Christine Schutt is the author of two short story collections, and two novels, Florida, and most recently, All Souls. “Prosperous Friends,” an excerpt from a novel she is completing, appeared in the November 2009 issue of Harper’s.
Wells Tower is the author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, a collection of short fiction. He is currently a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. His last article, “Own Goal,” appeared in the June issue.
Additional selections will be read by the staff of Harper’s Magazine.
HOW: Admission is free. Attendees are asked to consider bringing a book to donate to the venue. One hundred percent of the bookstore’s profits go to Housing Works, Inc., an organization committed to ending AIDS and homelessness.
Flor Arely Sánchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San Julián region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases — first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.
Late in the afternoon, when the pains had somewhat eased, Flor thought she might go to a dammed-up bit of the river near her house to bathe. She is thirty-five and has lived in the same place all her life, where wrinkled hills are planted with corn, beans, and fruit trees. She took a towel and soap and walked out into the rain. Halfway to the river, the pains returned and overcame her. The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didn’t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion.
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In Italy, a judge ordered that a man who paid for sex with a 15-year-old girl must buy her 30 feminist-themed books, including The Diary of Anne Frank and the poems of Emily Dickinson.
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