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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 stories have appeared in All Things Girl, Midwest Literary Magazine's Bearing North, Read Short Fiction, Literary House Review, The MacGuffin, 322 Review, Fix... 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 ENGLISH, and her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, and Poets... 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. And in this way, Alice reminds us of the truth about how hard it can be for anyone who’s really paying attention to survive in a world composed of... 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 but firmly on the other side, broken but free." His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New... 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 TODAY, and NBC. Later, she did public relations for high-profile companies such as Maxis/Electronic Arts, Starbucks Coffee Company, and 24 Hour Fitness... Read More →