Writing Place: Bonnie Jo Campbell and Carolyn Chute
Thursday November 19, 2015
Bonnie Jo Campbell, the bestselling author of Once Upon a River, was joined in conversation by Carolyn Chute (Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves). In what were rare NYC appearances for both authors, Campbell read from her new ferocious yet poignant short story collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, and talked with Chute about writing.
About Mothers, Tell Your Daughters
From the National Book Award finalist and author of Once Upon a River comes a dazzling story collection featuring ferocious mothers and scrappy daughters. The strong but flawed women of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters love and betray one another; their richly fraught relationships can act as anchors, lifelines, or deadly poison. These working-class protagonists are at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny, and they are always getting into, or out of, trouble.
In “My Dog Roscoe,” a new bride becomes obsessed with the notion that her dead ex-boyfriend has returned to her in the form of a mongrel. In “Blood Work, 1999” a phlebotomist’s desire to give away everything to the needy awakes her own sensuality. In “Home to Die,” an abused woman takes revenge on her bedridden husband. In these fearless and darkly funny tales about women and those they love, Campbell has created characters that will capture the hearts and minds of her readers.
Bonnie Jo Campbell teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. She is also the author of American Salvage and lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Carolyn Chute is the author of The School on Heart's Content Road, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; The Beans of Egypt, Maine; Letourneau's Used Auto Parts; Snow Man; and Merry Men. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Thorton Wilder Fellowship. Her most recent book is Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves.
This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.