Chanelle Benz

discusses

The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead:
Stories

in conversation with DANA SPIOTTA

This event includes a book signing

Date

Jan
31
Tuesday
January 31, 2017
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Weather Update: Tonight's event is scheduled to proceed as planned, unaffected by the winter weather. Any changes or updates will be noted here.

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome short story writer CHANELLE BENZ and DANA SPIOTTA—the award-winning author of Eat the DocumentStone Arabian, and Innocents and Others—for a discussion of Benz's debut collection, The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories.

About The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead

A brother and sister turn outlaw in a wild and brutal landscape. The daughter of a diplomat disappears and resurfaces across the world as a deadly woman of many names. A young Philadelphia boy struggles with the contradictions of privilege, violence, and the sway of an incarcerated father. A monk in sixteenth century England suffers the dissolution of his monastery and the loss of all that he held sacred.

The characters in The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, Benz's wildly imaginative debut, are as varied as any in recent literature, but they share a thirst for adventure which sends them rushing full-tilt toward the moral crossroads, becoming victims and perpetrators along the way. Riveting, visceral, and heartbreaking, Benz’s stories of identity, abandonment, and fierce love come together in a daring, arresting vision.

Praise

"In every one of these dazzlingly varied stories, Chanelle Benz steps out on to a new stylistic tightrope . . . A riveting new voice in American fiction." —George Saunders, author of Tenth of December

“Yes to Chanelle Benz and the skill, fluency and panache with which her voices interrogate and elevate narrative. There’s lots more I could say about these brilliant stories, but you’ll find out all about it and get your own joy when you read them.” —Helen Oyeyemi, author of Boy, Snow, Birdand What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

"Chanelle Benz conjures startling, amazing worlds out of her fierce and wild imagination, out of her hard-cut sentences and through her strange and original characters. Her wicked intelligence and electric talent are evident in everything she writes." —Dana Spiotta, author of Eat the Document and Innocents and Others

"Benz’s debut collection of 10 stories is impressive... taut, inventive language... emotionally compelling and historically vivid . . . Powerfully nuanced . . . the collection explores violence, identity, and otherness in sharply observed, fiercely eloquent prose." —Publishers Weekly

Chanelle Benz
Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz has published short stories in The American Reader, Fence, The Cupboard, and Granta.com. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. She received her MFA at Syracuse University as well as a BFA in acting from Boston University. She is of British-Antiguan descent and currently lives in Houston.

Dana Spiotta
Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Lightning Field; Eat the Document, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Stone Arabian, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; and Innocents and Others. Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-2009 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She lives in Syracuse with her daughter Agnes and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

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Event Series: GrubStreet Launch Lab

GrubStreet is one of the nation's leading creative writing centers, offering 500+ classes a year in all genres, for writers of all levels. We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant. To learn more or find a class, visit grubstreet.org.

These days, authors, no matter how they are published, are frequently on their own when it comes to marketing and promoting their books. Publishers now expect their authors to be active partners in the marketing process, cultivating their audience with all the new tools available to them via social media and innovative marketing. In the midst of all these changes and this unavoidable reality, GrubStreet seeks to build community and share expertise around these crucial new responsibilities.

The Launch Lab is a pioneering program that will equip writers with the knowledge and tools they need to be effective in their efforts while also facilitating friendships and community so that they remain inspired, connected, and engaged in the process. Learn more about the Launch Lab at https://grubstreet.org/programs/the-launch-lab/.

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