Join us for a very special virtual event with two of our BSB First novelists: Kate Milliken, author of Kept Animals (April) and Anna Solomon, author of The Book of V. (May). They'll be in conversation with local author and BSB board member Eleanor Henderson about sewing, mothers and daughters, female desire, place, the pandemic, point of view, and the trouble with Vivians.
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Kate Milliken earned her MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and her short stories have since appeared in Fiction, Zyzzyva, Santa Monica Review, and New Orleans Review, among others. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, anthologized in the California Prose Directory, New Writing from the Golden State, and received runner-up for the Rick DeMarinis award as well as the Dana Award for the Novel. Kate has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Tin House Writer’s Workshop, and she has previously written for television. In 2013, Julie Orringer chose Kate’s collection of stories, If I'd Known You Were Coming, for the Iowa Award and it was published by the University of Iowa Pres. Her debut novel, Kept Animals, was published on April 21st by Scribner.
With precise and sensuous prose, so gorgeous it's gasp-inducing, Kept Animals tells an epic story of loss, identity, and that which binds—and unravels—a community. Milliken's unforgettable characters face dangers of all kinds, be it familial, romantic, or of the natural world. To experience, as a reader, this mysterious, mesmerizing, and menacing pocket of Southern California is a true pleasure and thrill. Kate Milliken has talent to burn. I love this novel.” —Edan Lepucki, author of California and Woman No. 17
Anna Solomon is the author of three novels—The Book of V., Leaving Lucy Pear, and The Little Bride—and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, One Story, The Boston Globe, Tablet, and elsewhere. Anna is the recipient of awards from MacDowell, Yaddo, Bread Loaf, the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and The Missouri Review, among others, and her short story “The Lobster Mafia Story” was chosen as Boston’s One City One Story read. Anna is co-editor with Eleanor Henderson of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers. Previously, she worked as an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio’s Living on Earth. Anna is a graduate of Brown University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches writing at Barnard College, Warren Wilson’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center. Anna was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two children. The Book of V. will be published by Holt on May 5th.
In The Book of V., Anna Solomon reaches across centuries to capture the timeliness and timelessness of being a strong, passionate woman in a world governed by men. How far we've come and yet how many of the battles look the same. I was riveted by this searingly inventive, humane, and honest page-turner of a novel. – Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes