Chicago book launch:
Creature by Amina Cain
& The Sad Passions by Veronica Gonzalez
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 7:30pm
at the Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th Street, Penthouse 901
Facebook event page here
AMINA CAIN is the author of two collections of short stories: Creature (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013) and I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009). Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in BOMB, n+1, Denver Quarterly, The Encyclopedia Project, Two Serious Ladies, and other publications.
VERONICA GONZALEZ's short fiction has been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies. In 2006 she founded rockypoint press, a series of artist/writer collaborative prints, books, and films. In 2008 her first novel, twin time: or how death befell me, was awarded the Aztlan Literary Prize.
“To be among Amina Cain’s creatures is to stand in the presence of what is mysterious, expansive, and alive. Whether these distinctly female characters are falling in and out of uncanny intimacies, speaking from the hidden realms of the unconscious, seeking self-knowledge, or becoming visible in all their candor and strangeness, they move through a universe shaped by the gravitational pull of elusive yet resilient forces—the yin-dark energies of instinct and feeling that animate creative life. It’s here that the intuitive reach of fiction meets the reader’s own quest for understanding, through the subtle beauty of living the truth of one’s experiences in the most attentive and unadorned way possible.”
- Pamela Lu, author of Pamela: A Novel
"To answer these questions for you, let me describe where Creature rests in my body—deep within my thoracic spine, in the middle of my vertebrae alongside photo booth-sized images of unrequited knives. I am conscious of it as I watch my body read. Its language moves and settles. This process of watching—as opposed to thinking—may seem enigmatic. It is."
- Claire Donato, HTML Giant
About The Sad Passions:
"In Veronica Gonzalez's truthtelling novel of four bright sisters growing up with a mentally ill mother, the lucid, elegant writing defies the very havoc it describes. Built of multiple voices, with curious, haunting photographs, The Sad Passions is immersive, harrowing, and wonderfully intelligent."
- Michelle Huneven, author of Blame
"For all of the effects of erasure and absence on The Sad Passions, the narration is incredibly present, crawling on the page in spidery, sprawling observations, setting up pools and lairs that lure a reader in."
- Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times