Date & Time
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Free and open to the public
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Join authors Ling Ma, Daniel Raeburn, Augustus Rose, and Vu Tran for a reading, discussion and celebration in honor of Denis Johnson's final collection of short stories, "The Largesse of the Sea Maiden," completed just before he passed away.
Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago's Program in Creative Writing and Poetics.
At the Co-op
About the book: Twenty-five years after "Jesus’ Son," a haunting new collection of short stories on aging, mortality, and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson. "The Largesse of the Sea" Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. It follows the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed "Jesus’ Son." Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating old age, mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson’s death in May 2017, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.
About Denis Johnson: Denis Johnson was the author of nine novels, one novella, two books of short stories, five collections of poetry, two collections of plays, and one book of reportage. Among other honors, his novel "Tree of Smoke" won the 2007 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, and "Train Dreams" was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.
About Ling Ma: Ling Ma was born in Sanming, China and grew up in Utah, Nebraska, and Kansas. Her debut novel "Severance" is forthcoming in 2018 from FSG. An alum of the College, she also received an MFA from Cornell University. Prior to graduate school she worked as a journalist and books editor. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Playboy, Chicago Reader, Ninth Letter, Time Out, ACM, and elsewhere.
About Daniel Raeburn: Daniel Raeburn is the author of "Vessels," a memoir. His essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Baffler, Tin House, and elsewhere. He teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Chicago.
About Augustus Rose: Augustus Rose is a novelist and screenwriter. He was born in the northern California coastal town of Bolinas, and grew up there and in San Francisco. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son, and teaches fiction writing at the University of Chicago.
About Vu Tran: Vu Tran's first novel, "Dragonfish," was a NY Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. His short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Mystery Stories, and other publications. He is the winner a Whiting Writers’ Award and has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.