The Writers at Home series at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, sponsored by UNC:A’s Great Smokies Writing Program, presents readings by local authors Katherine Min and Beth Keefauver for its March installment.
Katherine Min is an assistant professor of literature at UNC:A and the author of “Secondhand World,” the fictional tale of a Korean-American young woman who begins the novel in a pediatric burn unit after a house fire that kills her parents, the tragic back story of which is explained throughout the rest of the novel.
Praise for “Secondhand World”:
“Raw, emotionally urgent and peppered with acute detail, Secondhand World feels like a childhood memoir, but it’s crafted with the seasoned hand of an older author who writes with insight and polish.” (Deborah Vankin, The L.A. Times Sunday Book Review)
“[A] haunting debut … Swirling, textured, beautifully detailed … Min’s rendering of an outsider family’s tight-knit alienation is spot-on.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Min poignantly captures the dilemma of second-generation Americans as they try to find a place in their universe, but she also tells of a quest for self-discovery, which is universal.” (Pat Bangs, School Library Journal)
Min has also won several awards, including the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Award (2012) and a Pushcart Prize, and is currently working on a second novel.
Beth Keefauver has taught creative writing and literature at Warren Wilson College, Western Carolina University and the University of Tennessee. She has been published in journals such as the Pisgah Review and Blue Lotus Review, and she will be included in the forthcoming anthology, “Phantom Manners: Contemporary Southern Gothic Fiction by Women.” She will also teach a course for the Great Smokies Writing Program this summer.
The Writers at Home program will take place at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café on Sun., Mar. 17, 3 p.m. See this press release for more information.