Tales of Falling and Flying Book Launch and Book Landing Party with Celebrated Author Ben Loory
+ Poet & Children's Book Author Victoria Chang will share her work in conversation with Ben
Saturday Sept. 9th @ 3 pm
“Ben Loory’s stories are little gifts, strange and moving and wonderfully human. I devoured this book in one sitting.” —Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
A dazzling new collection of stories from the critically acclaimed author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for The Day
Ben Loory returns with a second collection of timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor, in the signature voice that drew readers to his highly praised first collection. In stories that eschew literary realism, Loory’s characters demonstrate richly imagined and surprising perspectives, whether they be dragons or swordsmen, star-crossed lovers or long-lost twins, restaurateurs dreaming of Paris or cephalopods fixated on space travel. In propulsive language that brilliantly showcases Loory’s vast imagination, Tales of Falling and Flying expands our understanding of how fiction can work and is sure to cement his reputation as one of the most innovative short-story writers working today.
Ben Loory is the author of the collections Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day and Tales of Falling and Flying, as well as a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, and READ Magazine, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. He is a graduate of Harvard and the American Film Institute and currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
Written in “a breathless kind of fury,” the poems in award-winning poet Victoria Chang’s virtuosic third collection The Boss dance across the page with the brutal power and incandescent beauty of spring lightning. Obsessive, brilliant, linguistically playful—the mesmerizing world of The Boss is as personal as it is distinctly post-9/11. The result is a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind exploration of contemporary American culture, power structures, family life, and ethnic and personal identity.
Victoria Chang is a poet and children's writer living in Southern California. Her fourth book of poems, BARBIE CHANG, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in the fall of 2017. THE BOSS (McSweeney's), won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are SALVINIA MOLESTA and CIRCLE. Her poems have appeared in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Nation, The New Republic, New England Review, and Best American Poetry. She teaches creative writing at Chapman University and the Orange County School of the Arts. Her picture book, IS MOMMY?, illustrated by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster) was a New York Times Notable Book. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.