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A Night of Bad Stories: Straight Talk for the Politically Heartbroken with Steve Almond

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fireside Room

Like a lot of Americans, Steve Almond spent the weeks after the 2016 election lying awake, in a state of dread and bewilderment. The problem wasn’t just the election, but the fact that nobody could explain, in any sort of coherent way, why America had elected a cruel, corrupt, and incompetent man to the Presidency.

Bad Stories: Toward a Unified Theory of How It All Came Apart(Red Hen Press) is Almond’s effort to make sense of our historical moment, to connect certain dots that go unconnected amid the deluge of hot takes and think pieces. Following the premise that we can only understand our political moment by examining the bad stories that laid the predicate, Almond relies on writers such as Melville, Orwell, Baldwin, and Vonnegut to understand how the American story arrived at this point.

A Q&A moderated by Peter Mountford will follow the reading.

Books will be for sale from the Elliott Bay Book Company. Seating is limited.  Arrive early to secure a seat!

 

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