Join us in the store on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 PM for a fiction reading featuring Joseph Rein and Stephanie Carpenter. Rein will read from his collection, "Roads without Houses," and Carpenter will read from her book, "Missing Persons." Book signing to follow!
"Roads without Houses" contains fifteen loosely-linked stories set across varying landscapes of the upper Midwest, from metropolitan Milwaukee and St. Paul to the deep Northwoods of Wisconsin. Coping with issues from broken relationships to loss to eating disorders, the characters all struggle to escape the wrong fork of life’s path. Their attempts to reconcile their flaws, within themselves and to each other, push each to the boundaries of what makes us all painfully, unmistakably human.
The ten stories in "Missing Persons" treat family and romantic rifts, famous kidnappings, staged disappearances, and loss of language. They take place in the Upper Midwest and the urban Northeast, often drawing inspiration from contemporary phenomena like “celebrity trials”—or the trials of online dating. Sharing a theme of absence, the stories range from contemporary realism to historical fiction to sci-fi.
“Inventive, magical, compelling, and strange in just the way life and people are strange. Stephanie Carpenter is a rare and wonderful talent.” —George Saunders, author of "Lincoln in the Bardo," winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize
About the authors:
Joseph Rein’s short stories have appeared in Ruminate Magazine, The Pinch Literary Magazine, Laurel Review, and Iron Horse Literary Review. His most recent publication was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joseph has had two screenplays produced into award-winning festival films, and he was a finalist for the PAGE International Screenwriting Competition. He is also co-editor of Creative Writing in the Digital Age, Creative Writing Innovations, and Dispatches from the Classroom. Joseph is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Stephanie Carpenter of Hancock, Michigan, is the winner of the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction for her collection, Missing Persons. A native of northern Michigan, Stephanie Carpenter holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD in Creative Writing and American Literature from the University of Missouri. Her prose has appeared in Witness, Nimrod, The Cossack Review, Big Fiction, The Crab Orchard Review and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan Tech University, in the northernmost reaches of the Upper Peninsula. Missing Persons is her first book-length publication.