Reading with Molly Giles

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Molly Giles

Molly Giles is an award-winning fiction writer. Her first collection of stories, ROUGH TRANSLATIONS won the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction, the Boston Globe Award, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers award. Four subsequent collections—CREEK WALK, BOTHERED, ALL THE WRONG PLACES, and WIFE WITH KNIFE, have also won awards, including the Small Press Best Fiction Award, the California Commonwealth Silver Medal for Fiction, the Spokane Short Fiction Award, and the Leapfrog Press Global Fiction Prize.  She published her first novel, IRON SHOES, in 2000, and twenty-three years later, published its sequel, THE HOME FOR UNWED HUSBANDS. Giles has taught fiction writing at San Francisco State University, University of Hawaii, San Jose State University, the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and at numerous writing conferences, including The Community of Writers and Naropa. Her work has been included in many anthologies including the O.Henry and Pushcart Prize (three times), and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arkansas Arts Council. She has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Book Reviewing, been awarded residences at MacDowell, Yadoo, and The House of Literature in Paros, Greece.

Thursday, April 7, 2022
7:00 pm

Reading with Molly Giles

The speakers in Molly Giles’s WIFE WITH KNIFE offer their truths with surprising starkness.

Amy Tan offers this, “This collection is her best ever. What an irreverent, original voice! I found myself gasping in shock and laughter, feeling at the end of each tale that I had garnered strange wisdom on the human heart and its unerring sense for finding trouble.” 

“With this collection Molly Giles reminds us why she is one of the best short story writers writing today. Whether it is the tale of the beleaguered artist’s wife angered by being overlooked or the quick sketch of two teenage girls offering a silent protest in the middle of a busy road, Giles’ fantastic use of voice will have you clearly recognizing these characters and their frustrations. Smart and original, these stories capture the wild interior live of people on the verge.” – Luisa Smith, Buying Director, Book Passage




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