Please join us for an in-person reading and discussion with David Schuman and JoAnna Novak
David Schuman’s prose chapbook Best Men simmers with questions about why people act the way they do at weddings. Over the course of five stories, Schuman introduces a diverse cast of unconventional “best men” who find themselves swept up in events beyond their control. At once surprising and suspenseful, Best Men upends popular notions of wedding ceremonies, while also demonstrating the packed power of shorter stories.
David Schuman’s fiction, nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Fence, Catapult, Conjunctions, Southern Humanities Review, and many other publications. His work has been anthologized, most recently in Walking on Lava; Selected Works for Uncivilized Times, published by the Dark Mountain Project. He has received a MacDowell Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize and has had notable work listed in both Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. He directs the writing program at Washington University in St. Louis.
JoAnna Novak's short story collection, Meaningful Work (FC2), won the 2020 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest and was published in August. Her third book of poetry, New Life (Black Lawrence Press) was published in October. Her debut memoir Contradiction Days (Catapult) will be published in 2023. The author of the novel I Must Have You and two books of poetry, Noirmania and Abeyance, North America, her work has appeared in The Paris Review, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other publications. She is a co-founder of the literary journal and chapbook publisher, Tammy.
This is an in-person event. Masks are required for all attendees. Copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, courtesy of Subterranean Books. If you can't make the event simply place an order over the phone or online and we'll get a copy signed for you!