Michael Washburn+Carol LaHines

Thursday February 20: 7:30PM 8:30PM

This event is free to attend. [ RSVP here to attend. ] Copies of When We're Grownups and Someday Everything Will All Make Sense will be available for purchase at the event.

Join us for a double book launch bash! We'll be celebrating the release of:

When We're Grownups by Michael Washburn: Perhaps every adult experiences a moment when the gulf between childhood dreams and present reality is glaringly evident. No less a writer than Turgenev captured the anguish of having to ask what we could have done with all the time that a human life encompasses. But then again, those childhood dreams hardly reflected our mature judgment. Imagine if we could step outside of time and look at the present moment with both idealism and wisdom. The reality might be shocking and horrifying, but it could still make a pretty good story. On the heels of his brilliant collection of short fiction, The Uprooted and Other Stories (2018), Michael Washburn’s new collection presents a vision that is hilarious and dark, bracing and terrifying. The daring, the adventurous, the hopeless, and the outcast people these tales. Here are failed geniuses and misanthropic extroverts. Here are individuals poised at a moment of desperate and exhilarating uncertainty. These are stories to which you will return again and again, even and especially when there are  more important things you should be doing. You hold in your hands the latest offering of short stories from a unique American voice.

Someday Everything Will All Make Sense by Carol LaHines: This novel follows Luther van der Loon, an eccentric harpsichordist and professor of early music, as he navigates the stages of grief following the untimely death of his mother. Luther obsesses over burial practices, rails against the funerary industry, and institutes a personal injury suit against the Chinese take-out whose sloppy methods he blames for his mother choking on a wonton. Luther detests modern music and the equal temperament, the tuning fiction upon which it is based. He believes, like Kepler and the greatest thinkers of the Renaissance, that music is to be constructed according to the divine Pythagorean ratios.

Join us in the Rare Book Room with a reading with both Michael Washburn and Carol LaHines.

Michael Washburn is a Brooklyn-based writer and journalist. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Green Hills Literary Lantern, Rosebud, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Weird Fiction Review, New Orphic Review, Stand, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Lakeview Journal, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Bryant Literary Journal, Meat for Tea, Marathon Literary Review, Prick of the Spindle, and other publications. Michael is the author of an acclaimed cover story in the Philadelphia City Paper, entitled “Home and Abroad.” He is the author of a previous short fiction collection, Scenes from the Catastrophe (2016).

Carol LaHines’ fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, Denver Quarterly, Cimarron Review, The Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, The Chattahoochee Review, North Atlantic Review, Sycamore Review, Permafrost, Literary Orphans, Brain Child Magazine, Literal Latte, and elsewhere. Her short story, “Papijack,” was selected by judge Patrick Ryan as the recipient of the 2017 Lamar York Prize for Fiction. Her short stories and novellas have also been finalists for the David Meyerson Fiction Prize, the Mary McCarthy Prize, the New Letters short story award, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society award, and the Disquiet Literary Prize, among others. Ms. LaHines’ novel, Someday Everything Will All Make Sense, a finalist for the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel, the C&R Book Award, and the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, among others, was published in February 2019 (Adelaide Books). She is a graduate of New York University, Gallatin Division, and a long-time participant in the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute.