Virtual Event: Laura van den Berg with Books Are Magic

presenting

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears:
Stories

interviewed by DANIELLE EVANS, JENNINE CAPÓ CRUCET, KAREN RUSSELL, KRISTEN ARNETT, and LAUREN GROFF

Date

Jul
29
Wednesday
July 29, 2020
7:00 PM

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Books Are Magic and Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes LAURA VAN DEN BERG—acclaimed author of the story collection The Isle of Youth and the novel The Third Hotel—for a discussion of her latest, highly anticipated book, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories. She will be interviewed by celebrated writers and masters of the short story DANIELLE EVANS, JENNINE CAPÓ CRUCET, KAREN RUSSELL, KRISTEN ARNETT, and LAUREN GROFF.

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About I Hold a Wolf by the Ears

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, Laura van den Berg’s first story collection since her prizewinning book The Isle of Youth, draws readers into a world of wholly original, sideways ghost stories that linger in the mouth and the mind. Both timeless and urgent, these eleven stories confront misogyny, violence, and the impossible economics of America with van den Berg’s trademark spiky humor and surreal eye. Moving from the peculiarities of Florida to liminal spaces of travel in Mexico City, Sicily, and Iceland, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears is uncannily attuned to our current moment, and to the fears we reveal to no one but ourselves.

In “Lizards,” a man mutes his wife’s anxieties by giving her a LaCroix-like seltzer laced with sedatives. In the title story, a woman poses as her more successful sister during a botched Italian holiday, a choice that brings about strange and destructive consequences, while in “Karolina,” a woman discovers her prickly ex-sister-in-law in the aftermath of an earthquake and is forced to face the truth about her violent brother.

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears presents a collection of women on the verge, trying to grasp what’s left of life: grieving, divorced, and hyperaware, searching, vulnerable, and unhinged, they exist in a world that deviates from our own only when you look too closely. With remarkable control and transcendent talent, van den Berg dissolves, in the words of the narrator of “Slumberland,” “that border between magic and annihilation,” and further establishes herself as a defining fiction writer of our time.

Praise for I Hold a Wolf by the Ears

“Another bravura display from one of our most imaginative storytellers. Each enthralling new plot seeks to uncover the essence of human experience by way of the uncanny. As enchanting as fairy tales, as mysterious as dreams, these exquisitely composed fictions are as urgent and original as any being written today.” —Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend, winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction

“Unflinching, chilling and electric, with flashes of sly wit, these stories and the women who complicate them blaze a new literary trail, guided by the author’s skilled hand. What Laura van den Berg has done with this collection is extraordinary.” —Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky

"These are stories about wandering and being invisible, about stepping in a cold shadow. Laura van den Berg puts into words how scary it is when you feel you’re disappearing, when a disaster, personal or historical, makes ghosts of us, forever trapped in the trauma. They are also very beautiful, sometimes surreal and even funny stories, about loss and grief and sadness and the lives we try to leave behind. I think this collection will haunt me for a long time." —Mariana Enriquez, author of Things We Lost in the Fire

Danielle Evans
Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans is the author of the story collections Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and The Office of Historical Corrections. She is the winner of the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Hurston-Wright award for fiction, a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree and a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and New Stories From The South. She teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Jennine Capó Crucet
Jennine Capó Crucet

Jennine Capó Crucet

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, winner of the International Latino Book Award and cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, the Guardian, and the Miami Herald; and of How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the John Gardner Book Prize. A contributing opinion Writer for the New York Times and a recipient of an O. Henry Prize, she is currently an associate professor at the University of Nebraska. Her essay collection, My Time Among the Whites, was published by Picador in September 2019

Karen Russell
Karen Russell

Karen Russell

Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent collection, Orange World and Other Stories, was just released in paperback.

Kristen Arnett
Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett is the New York Times bestselling author of the debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was listed as one of The New York Times top books of 2019 and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction. She is a queer fiction and essay writer. Her work has appeared at the New York Times, North American Review, Guernica, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her story collection, Felt in the Jaw, was published by Split Lip Press and was awarded the 2017 Coil Book Award. She is a Spring 2020 Shearing Fellow at Black Mountain Institute. Her next two books—Samson: A Novel and With Foxes: Stories—will be published by Riverhead Books.

Laura van den Berg
Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, and the novels Find Me and The Third Hotel, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She is the recipient of a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and is a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her next collection of stories, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, will be published by FSG in July. Born and raised in Florida, Laura splits her time between the Boston area and Central Florida, with her husband and dog.

Lauren Groff
Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the author of five books. Her two latest, Fates and Furies (a novel) and Florida (a story collection) were both finalists for the National Book Award. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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