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Saturday, October 8 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
OTRS - Debut Fiction: Daring and Inventive First-Time Novelists

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Off the Richter Scale Series:

These first-time novelists have collectively already won an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize: Cassandra Dunn, Antonia Hayes, Midge Raymond, Robert Thomas, Shawn Vestal, and Variny Yim. FREE

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground


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Cassandra Dunn

Cassandra Dunn is the author of The Art of Adapting (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster). She received her MFA in creative writing from Mills College. She was a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. Her... Read More →
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Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is the author of MY LAST CONTINENT (Scribner, June 2016), a novel about two penguin researchers, set in Antarctica, and what happens when one of their ships strikes ice in the Southern Ocean. Midge is also the author of the award-winning short story collection FORGETTING... Read More →
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Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas’s BRIDGE (BOA Editions) received the 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction. Frances Lefkowitz said in the San Francisco Chronicle: “The rushing thoughts, sense impressions, quirky language and crumbling boundaries all work to convey agonizing universal truths... Read More →
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Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. Liesl Schillinger called the novel "breathtaking and brash," and wrote: "Vestal sends his characters soaring across the gulf that separates the identity that confines them and the identity they would choose, letting them land roughly b... Read More →
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Variny Yim

Variny Yim is a first generation, Cambodian-American author who brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of communications, nonprofit management, coalition building, and financial education. Variny began her career as a print and broadcast journalist at USA WEEKEND, USA... Read More →