Anthony Varallo & Jared Joseph

Event date: 
Monday, July 22, 2024 - 7:00pm

Anthony Varallo and Jared Joseph will read from their new fiction, What Did You Do Today? and Danny the Ambulance.  Anthony Varallo will read from What Did You Do Today?, winner of the 2023 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. “There are few authors working in the flash form today who write with as much grace and mastery as Tony Varallo. Filled with humor and warmth, these beautiful and elegantly crafted stories give us powerful glimpses into the complex inner worlds of parents and children struggling with the challenges of growing up and growing old, of being both a caretaker and the one in need of care.”—Andrew Porter

Anthony Varallo  is the author of the novel The Lines, as well as four previous short story collections This Day in History, Out Loud, Think of Me and I’ll Know,  and Everyone Was There. He is a professor of English, where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the College of Charleston.

Jared Joseph will read from his recent novel, Danny The Ambulance.  “Have you ever seen Danny Welle's adaptation of Danny Kafka's The Trial? Jared Joseph's Danny The Ambulance is there, in the Jury Room dive bar, and we might be drunk but it seems like nothing is what it seems. Danny Joseph invites us into a verisimilar reality like Danny Egger's The Lighthouse or Danny Bergman's Persona, but he does it in a way that is whip crack smart and sardonic and decidedly modern.' - Danny Bender
Jared Joseph is also the author of A Book About Myself Called Hell from Kernpunkt Press, and he has been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Iowa Review, and Action. He holds a PhD in literature from the UC Santa Cruz and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Los Angeles where he writes and teaches.

 

Event address: 
Prairie Lights Books
15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
What Did You Do Today? (Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction #22) By Anthony Varallo Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781574419153
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Texas Press - November 22nd, 2023

The stories in What Did You Do Today? explore the ordinary and the offbeat as if they were one and the same, asking what it’s like to be alive and what makes us human. With warmth, humor, and wonder, these stories suggest that the past is always alive in the present and that even the most fleeting relationships have the power to change us forever.


Danny the Ambulance By Jared Joseph Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9798987839874
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Shortish Project - September 5th, 2023

A man walks into a bar and over the course of the night realizes everyone there is named Danny.... Jared Joseph's DANNY THE AMBULANCE is a mind-bending novel told with masterful wit. 'Have you ever seen Danny Welle's adaptation of Danny Kafka's The Trial? Danny Joseph's Danny The Ambulance is there, in the Jury Room dive bar, and we might be drunk but it seems like nothing is what it seems.