Gaithersburg Book Festival (2022) -- Leslie Pietrzyk, Louise Marburg (w/Caroline Bock):
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Description of Pictures: Leslie Pietrzyk, Louise Marburg
Rachel Carson Pavilion
Leslie Pietrzyk and Louise Marburg discuss their new short story collections, one revolving around a reviled and powerful (fictional) Speaker of the House and those in his orbit; the other connected by the appearance of a swimming pool in each story, serving as a symbol of the privileged middle class. These collections will draw you into the characters they create.
Moderated by Caroline Bock
Latest Title: Admit This to No One: Collected Stories
Leslie Pietrzyk’s collection of D.C. stories, “Admit This to No One” (2021) was called “insidery, insightful, and deftly executed” by Washingtonian magazine. She’s the author of three novels, including “Silver Girl” (2018), and a previous book of stories, “This Angel on My Chest,” winner of the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Short fiction/essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Story Magazine, Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Washingtonian, The Sun, Washington Post Magazine and others. Awards include a Pushcart Prize in 2020. After living in Northern Virginia for more than 25 years, she recently moved to North Carolina.
Latest Title: No Diving Allowed
Louise Marburg is the author of “No Diving Allowed” (Regal House Publishing, 2021) and a previous collection of stories, “The Truth About Me” (WTAW Press, 2017), which was winner of the Independent Press Book Award for Short Stories. Her work has appeared such journals as Narrative, Ploughshares, STORY, The Hudson Review and many others, and has been supported by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Kenyon Writers Workshops and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her third collection of stories, “You Have Reached Your Destination” (Eastover Press), is forthcoming in September 2022.
Latest Title: Carry Her Home: Stories
Caroline Bock is the author of “Carry Her Home,” winner of the Fict ...More...
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