Raymond Strom & Gina Marie Guadanino

March 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Raymond Strom and his stunning literary debut, Northern Lights

Northern Lights, set in the late 1990s an androgynous youth, the main character, Shane, arrives in small- town Minnesota, searching for the mother who abandoned him as a child. Shane is also looking for a sense of community and identity, when he falls in with a small ensemble of characters, each of whom is an outsider in one fashion or other. In a town threatened by escalating violence and decimated by drug abuse and white nationalism, Shane is forced to choose between his search for his mother, the first true friendships he’s ever had, and a desire to leave both his past and present behind entirely.

Strom now lives in New York City, and works at CUNY City College as an academic advisor.

“In Raymond Strom’s haunting, propulsive, and beautifully rendered debut, a group of misfits chase transcendence in a dying town. Cut with both violence and tenderness, Northern Lights deftly captures the knife-edge of addiction, the electricity of first love, and the insatiable search for belonging.”
—Jessie Chaffee, author of Florence in Ecstasy

The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino,
A captivating historical fiction of 19th century upstairs/downstairs New York City, The Parting Glass examines sexuality, race, and social class in ways that feel startlingly familiar and timely.

Gina Marie Guadagnino holds a BA in English from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. Her work has appeared in the Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction, Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader). She lives in New York City with her family.

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


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