Please join us for a reading by the author Jacob M. Appel.
Some of his story openers
Artie Kimmel and I have worked the border together on Christmas Eve for each of the past eight years, because Artie’s an agnostic Jew from Brooklyn, and because I haven’t spoken to my sister since she shacked up with my ex husband. –“Boundaries”
This story begins with one red rose, exquisite and ominous. –“Pollen”
The government paid me good money one summer to interview all of the single women in Lawless County, Arizona. –“Counting”
My dead wife is dating Greta Garbo. –“Silent Theology”
The vice consul’s wife, Julie Ødegård, had been giving Norwegian lessons to the chimney sweep for nearly two months, but she still hadn’t decided whether her feelings toward him were maternal or romantic. –“Hearth and Home”
Jacob M. Appel’s first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize. His short fiction has appeared in more than two hundred literary journals and won numerous honors, including the Boston Review Short Fiction Competition and the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for the Short Story, His stories have been short-listed for the O. Henry Award and Best American Short Stories, among other places. His latest short story collection, Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana, from which the above story openings are taken, came out this fall.
This event is open to the university and the general public.