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Wednesday, January 18th at 7pm
Houston-area author Chanelle Benz will be joining us tonight with her debut short story collection, The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead. A wildly imaginative, brilliant curation, the pages are full of riveting, visceral characters and heartbreaking stories tackling identity, abandonment, and fierce love. Don’t miss out on this fantastic talk and signing!
ABOUT THE MAN WHO SHOT OUT MY EYE IS DEAD
A stunningly original debut collection about lives across history marked by violence and longing
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.
ABOUT CHANELLE BENZ
Chanelle Benz has published short stories in The American Reader, Fence, The Cupboard and Granta.com, and 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.
ABOUT KIRK LYNN
Kirk is the head of some really important stuff in UT's Department of Theatre and Dance and one of several co-producing artistic directors for Rude Mechs theatre collective and author of the novel Rules for Werewolves and a totally badass dad.
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