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Saturday, October 13 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Fallout: Living in the Aftermath

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Two writers share stories of what happens when our illusions are shattered. In How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister, high school English teacher Anna Crawford is suspended for a so-called outburst and, while stewing over the injustice at home, she is shocked to see herself named as a suspect in a shooting at the school where she works. Though she is quickly exonerated, her life is nevertheless held up for relentless scrutiny and judgment as this quiet town descends into media mania. Steve Kistulentz, in his powerful debut Panorama, captures the sprawl of contemporary America in the narrative of a young man instantly turned into the single parent to his 6-year old nephew after his sister’s plane crashes on camera. Within the expansive scope of Panorama lies an intimate portrait of human loss rendered with precision, humanity, and humor.

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Steve Kistulentz

Steve Kistulentz is the author of the novel PANORAMA, to be published in March 2018 by Little, Brown & Co. He has also published two collections of poetry, Little Black Daydream (2012) and The Luckless Age (2010). Kistulentz was born in Washington, DC. He earned a BA in English from... Read More →
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Tom McAllister

Tom McAllister is the author of the novels How to Be Safe and The Young Widower's Handbook, as well as the memoir Bury Me in My Jersey. His short fiction and essays have been published widely, and have most recently appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Hobart, The Rumpus... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030