Jeffrey Eugenides, author of short story collection “Fresh Complaint,” will be in Ann Arbor October 8 for a reading from his latest book, which is also his first short story collection, at the Rogel Ballroom, University of Michigan Union 530 S. State St., Ann Arbor.
“Fresh Complaint” is an eclectic collection of stories that touch on what it means to live in contemporary American from a number of perspectives involving people in circumstances ranging from those of a group of travelers to a struggling poet, each in situations that run the gamut from personal crises to national emergencies.
There’s a failed poet turned embezzler, a clavichordist whose artistic ambitions take a backseat to marriage, and a high school student who wants out of her strict immigrant family, to name a few of the interesting characters living in the pages of “Fresh Complaint.”
Following the reading, Eugenides will be joined by Guggenheim award winning author and Helen Zell Writers’ Program faculty member Claire Vaye Watkins.
A Q&A and signing will follow.
General admission tickets include a copy of the book and are $28.62, which is the retail value of the book plus tax. Those tickets can be purchased at the page that this embedded link leads to.
Books will be picked up at the venue the night of the event. Literati will not be selling additional copies or backlist titles at the venue, but will have ample stock on-hand in our store in downtown Ann Arbor.
Further author background:
Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, “The Virgin Suicides,” was published by FSG to great acclaim in 1993, and he has received numerous awards for his work.
In 2003, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel “Middlesex,” which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France’s Prix Médicis.
The “Marriage Plot” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the Prix
Fitzgerald and the Madame Figaro Literary Prize. Eugenides is a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton.
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