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Anjali Sachdeva and Kaethe Schwehn Present ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD and THE RENDING AND THE NEST

    03/22/2018 - 7:00pm

    This event takes place in our Brooklyn store.

    Join us for the launch of two provocative and intensely intelligent works of fiction.

    When 95 percent of the earth's population disappears for no apparent reason, Mira does what she can to create some semblance of a life: She cobbles together a haphazard community named Zion, scavenges the Piles for supplies they might need, and avoids loving anyone she can't afford to lose. She has everything under control. Almost. The Rending and the Nest uses a fantastical, post-apocalyptic landscape to ask decidedly human questions: How well do we know the people we love? What sustains us in the midst of suffering? How do we forgive the brokenness we find within others--and within ourselves? It's a chilling yet redemptive post-apocalyptic debut that examines community, motherhood, faith, and the importance of telling one's own story.

    Named one of 2018’s must-read books by Elle, Book Riot, and AM New York,  All the Names They Used for God is an exhilarating debut story collection that explores the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives. Spanning centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters, these alluringly strange stories are united by each character’s struggle with fate. In a secret, subterranean world beneath the prairie of the Old West, a homesteader risks her life in search of a safe haven. A workman in Andrew Carnegie’s steel mills is turned into a medical oddity by the brutal power of the furnaces—and is eventually revitalized by his condition. A young woman created through genetic manipulation is destroyed by the same force that gave her life. Anjali Sachdeva demonstrates a preternatural ability to laser in on our fears, our hopes, and our longings in order to point out intrinsic truths about society and humanity.


    Anjali Sachdeva’s fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, The Yale Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing at the University of Iowa, Augustana College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She also worked for six years at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, where she was director of educational programs. She has hiked through the backcountry of Canada, Iceland, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States, and spent much of her childhood reading fantasy novels and waiting to be whisked away to an alternate universe. Instead, she lives in Pittsburgh, which is pretty wonderful as far as places in this universe go. All The Names They Used for God is her first book.

    Kaethe Schwehn studied creative writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Montana and earned a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College.  I currently teach composition and creative writing at St. Olaf College. I'm the author of The Rending and the NestTailings: A Memoir, and Tanka & Me. I also am the co-editor of Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts. My poems and prose can be found in journals such as CrazyhorsePleiadesjubilatWitnessMinnesota Review and the anthology Fiction on a Stick. I've been the recipient of a Minnesota Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, a Loft Mentor Series Award, the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, and a Best of the Net Anthology award.

    This event takes place in our Brooklyn location. Entrance is a $5 voucher which can be purchased in advance online or at the door. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including All The Names They Used for God and/or The Rending and the Nest! Please note that if a copy of the evening's event books are purchased at the event, there is no need to purchase a voucher as well. 

    All the Names They Used for God: Stories Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780399593000
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Spiegel & Grau - February 20th, 2018

    "One of the best collections I've ever read. Every single story is a standout."---Roxane Gay

    "Fuses science, myth, and imagination into a dark and gorgeous series of questions about our current predicaments."---Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See

    The Rending and the Nest Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781632869722
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Bloomsbury UK - February 20th, 2018

    A chilling yet redemptive post-apocalyptic debut that examines community, motherhood, faith, and the importance of telling one's own story.