Thursday, October 20 at 6 PM – 8 PM
National Book Foundation 5 under 35 author, Kirsten Valdez Quade reads from her award-winning debut story collection, Night at the Fiestas. Followed by a conversation with author, essayist, and newest member of the Adelphi MFA faculty, Katherine Hill.
“These stories are frankly some of the finest I have ever read…Kirstin Valdez Quade writes with life-loving precision, tenderness, and grace. These stories, set among the adobes and piñons and mesas of Northern New Mexico, are deeply compassionate hymns of longing, for respect for family, even when it’s broken, and ultimately for redemption, whether it can be found or not. I put these stories, and this is not hyperbole, in the company of Alice Munro’s, John Cheever’s, and Anton Chekov’s. Night at the Fiestas and Kirstin Valdez Quade are gifts to us all.” —Andre Dubus III
Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, which received the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. It was a New York Times Notable Book, and was named a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Kirstin is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize.
Katherine Hill is the author of the novel The Violet Hour. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including AGNI, The Believer, Bookforum, Colorado Review, The Common, The Guardian, The Literary Review, n+1, The Paris Review Daily, Philadelphia Inquirer, Post45, San Francisco Chronicle, and Tin House. She has been awarded fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has taught writing in a variety of after-school, university, and prison writing programs, and in the fall of 2016, she joined the Adelphi University faculty as Assistant Professor of English.