RAMONA AUSUBEL reads from her story collection AWAYLAND and MICHAEL ANDREASEN reads from his story collection THE SEABEAST TAKES A LOVER

Awayland (Riverhead)

Ramona Ausubel burst onto the literary scene in 2012 with her debut novel No One is Here Except All of Us, dazzling critics with her inimitable voice and inventive style, and winning the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and the VCU Cabell First Novel Award, as well as being named a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. The New York Times hailed her subsequent story collection, A Guide to Being Born, a “Notable Book of 2013,” and Aimee Bender described the stories as “fresh, delicate, beautiful, expressive, otherworldly.” 

NPR named Ausubel’s second novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, a Best Book of 2016, and the San Francisco Chronicle declared it a “glorious work” that cemented Ausubel “as a vibrant, memorable voice in contemporary American letters.”  With each work Ausubel’s literary prowess only grows, so it is with great excitement that we share with you the return of Ramona Ausubel’s signature “whimsical prose” (Elle) and “devilishly imaginative” (Vanity Fair) style in a stunning new story collection: Awayland

Some of them previously published in The New Yorker and The Paris Review, this collection of eleven delightfully idiosyncratic and elegantly structured stories spans the globe and showcases Ausubel’s unique ability to tackle the “frustrations and fantasies of being alive” (Publishers Weekly). Her subtle touch of magic used to confront the
mysteries of death, love and longing make the stories “weird and wonderful” (New York Times) and perfect for fans of Kelly Link, Karen Russell and Helen Oyeyemi. Ausubel, however, continues to occupy a space as a writer that is all her own—delivering stories that manage to be both “highly imaginative and philosophical in scope” (Refinery29), wildly unconventional yet universally resonant, darkly comic yet tender and soulful. Ausubel’s uncanny ability to simultaneously amuse, mesmerize, move and inspire, makes Awayland a deeply satisfying read that will linger with you in powerful ways.

Praise for Awayland

“Her sentences—often funny, usually heartbreaking—are tiny works of art.”—NPR

“Weird and wonderful. . . Ausubel’s writing, melancholy and fine, shines in illuminating everyday scenes of life. . .Even the throwaway details are terrific.”—NEW YORK TIMES

“Ausubel’s original voice combines fresh, clear observation.”—THE NEW YORKER

“Ausubel has a gift of language so rich that even the most mundane events are invested with poetry.”—KIRKUS

Ramona Ausubel is the author of the novels Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and No One Is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. She is also the author of the story collection A Guide to Being Born, and has been published in The New YorkerOneStoryThe Paris Review Daily, and Best American Fantasy.

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The Seabeast Takes a Lover (Dutton)

Observe: the Fiction of the Future. See it carry our elders away to the ocean. Note how it pulls wires from our alien brains. Watch as a ship is slowly pulled under determined by an amorous kraken. Meet the happy, headless girl. Visit the funhouse that is Michael Andreasen's wild, brilliant mind. Find out how surprisingly familiar these bizarre scenarios feel; how true to life; and how delighted you are to find that the carnival barker's voice has drawn you into a ride you didn't realize you wanted to go on. Squeeze the guard rails, and whoop your way through the curves. Then, get back in line and go again.

Praise for The Seabeast Takes a Lover 

“Full of explosions of magic, aching tenderness and star-bright writing. This is a book that will make you want to tap the person next to you and say, ‘I’m sorry to interrupt, but you have to hear this.’”—Ramona Ausubel, author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and A Guide to Being Born

“These stories are, by turns, timeless and urgent, dreamy and nightmarish, heartbroken and hopeful. A brilliant collection.” —Charles Yu, author of Sorry Please Thank You and How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“The world is a very strange place. Michael Andreasen’s fantastic storytelling, ripe with tender monsters and understandably tortured humans, opens the window to our weirdness just a crack further, reminding his reader that the human heart is and always will be filled with wonder.”—Samantha Hunt, author of Mr. Splitfoot and The Dark Dark

The Sea Beast Takes a Lover is a treasury of fantastic tales–full of mermaids, prophetic dancing bears, exploding children, and distraught time travelers . . . A brilliant book, daring and wonderful.”—Alexander Weinstein, author of Children of the New World

“Uncannily inventive yet unfailingly grounded in all-too-familiar struggles of the heart, these are stories that vary widely in subject matter–paternal pressures, the terror of stasis, our jealous hunger for love–but never in the confident distinctiveness of Michael Andreasen’s voice. What a voice it is! What a vision! For what is more exciting to a reader than discovering a new way to see the world? This thrillingly original debut gives us just that in every story, on everypage.” —Josh Weil, author of The Age of Perpetual Light

Michael Andreasen's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in fiction from University of California, Irvine where he is currently a lecturer in the English Department. The Sea Beast Takes a Lover is his first book.

Event date: 
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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