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Tony Rauch and Jarda Cervenka read from their short story collections

what if i got down on my knees?
by Tony Rauch

These tales of romantic misadventure are about people trying to find meaning and a place in an indifferent world, and their discoveries, revelations, secrets, failures, struggles, connections, and odd encounters along the way. With themes of longing, fragility, uncertainty, impermanence, regret, the mysteries hidden in everyday life, discovery, ennui, loneliness, irresponsible behavior, confusion, change, identity, and absurd situations, Tony Rauch is a worthy successor to the artistry and absurdism of Donald Barthelme and Steve Martin. 

Tony Rauch is an Architect living in Minneapolis. In his spare time he cleans and tries to get his dog to stop barking. This is his fourth arty short story collection.

Celebrated Navigation
by Jarda Cervenka 

Cervenka's stories range from the jungles of Columbia to the back alleys of Prague and the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Celebrated Navigation includes favorite stories from his first three collections, plus two new pieces.

Jarda Cervenka is the recipient of the Richard Sullivan Prize, the Many Voices Project Prize, the Franz Kafka Award, and the Blue Jacket Award (Japan). Born and raised in Prague, he immigrated to the United States in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. He was a Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Minnesota for 35 years, and internationally renowned in the field of cytogenetics. He has traveled extensively and lived in Japan, Nigeria and Kenya. Now retired, he and his wife Sasha divide their time between Prague, the Florida Keys, and their home in Minneapolis.

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