In Conversation: Jessica Francis Kane & Susan Steinberg

Tuesday March 5, 2013
07:00 pm

Tags: Event




Jessica Francis Kane (This Close) and Susan Steinberg (Spectacle) will read from their new short story collections and talk about the points of connection in them. The event will be moderated by
Fiona McCrae.


About This Close and Jessica Francis Kane

This Close is timeless, humane, vulnerable, and compulsively readable. Jessica Francis Kane has a fierce, keen eye and a gentle, sure touch. I devoured this collection. More, please…”

—Jennifer Gilmore, author of Something Red


Through twelve stories in This Close, some stand-alone, others woven with linked characters, Jessica Francis Kane questions the tensions between friendships and neighborliness, home and travel, family and ambition. In writing filled with wit and humor and incredible poignancy, she reveals the everyday patterns that, over time, can swerve a life off course.


Jessica Francis Kane’s first novel, The Report, was a Barnes & Noble Discover selection and a finalist for both the Center for Fiction’s 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Indie Booksellers’ Choice Award. She is a contributor to the Morning News and lives in New York City. You can follow Jessica on Twitter at @JessicaFKane.


About Spectacle and Susan Steinberg

“Who has the stunning innovative wit and ferocious style of Susan Steinberg? No one else comes close. These heartful stories carry the energy of light.”—Deb Olin Unferth, author of Revolution


Known for her distinct, punchy narrative style, Susan Steinberg’s stories are often described as “experimental”—and Spectacle introduces her most innovative and sharply tuned work yet. These stories center on girls and women navigating through precarious social situations, bewildering relationships, and tragedies both public and private that are further complicated by the spectacle of being female in the modern world. From a heartbroken woman who’s lost her best friend in a plane crash, to a troubled young girl who smashes a car radio in articulation of her love for a boy, to a belittled driver involved in a parking lot fender-bender, these wounded women stand at the edge of disaster and risk it all to speak their sharpest secrets. Steinberg’s fierce stories will no doubt call to mind the work of Lydia Davis, Ben Marcus, and Diane Williams, but reader be warned: though these comparisons are apt, Steinberg is in a class all her own.


Susan Steinberg is the author of the short story collections Hydroplane and The End of Free Love. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, the Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, and The Massachusetts Review, and she is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of San Francisco. 

Fiona McCrae has been publisher of Graywolf Press since 1994, following four years at Faber and Faber USA in Boston, where she was a director and executive editor. From 1982 until her move to Boston in 1991, she was at Faber and Faber, Ltd., in London. She currently serves on the board of Books for Africa and is an advisor for Open Letter Press. She became an American citizen in 2003.