The Black Mountain Institute, The Writer’s Block, and The Believer are proud to kick off our spring season with Elizabeth McCracken, winner of the Story Prize and National Book Award finalist. McCracken will discuss her latest book, Bowlaway, with fiction writer and BMI PhD Fellow Wendy Wimmer. Bowlaway tells the story of Bertha Truitt, a woman found unconscious in a New England cemetery with nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person.
Elizabeth McCracken is also the author of Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry, The Giant’s House, Niagara Falls All Over Again, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and Thunderstruck & Other Stories—a finalist for the National Book Award. She has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas, Austin, and boy are her arms tired. You can find her rather often, entirely too often, really, on Twitter @elizmccracken.
Wendy Wimmer is a BMI PhD Fellow and the Associate Fiction Editor for Witness Magazine. She is the founder of UntitledTown book and author festival in Wisconsin which hosts 4000 attendees annually. Her work has been published in Barrelhouse, Blackbird, Per Contra, ANMLY, Drunken Boat, Paper Darts, Non-Binary Review, Salt & Syntax and more, as well as nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes, AWP Intro to Journal and Best New Voices. In 2018, she won a flash fiction award from Salt and Syntax and was named a semi-finalist in the Black Lawrence Review Hudson Prize 2018. She was a featured reader at the 2018 Believer Festival. Follow her on Twitter @wendywimmer or her very infrequently-updated website www.wendywimmer.com.
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