Robert Olen Butler & Seth Fried

December 11, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels—The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The Deep Green Sea, Mr. Spaceman, Fair Warning, Hell and A Small Hotel—and six volumes of short fiction—Tabloid Dreams, Had a Good Time, Severance, Intercourse, Weegee Stories, and A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction..

A recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He has twice won a National Magazine Award in Fiction and has received two Pushcart Prizes. His stories have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Zoetrope, The Paris Review, The Hudson Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, and The Sewanee Review.
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Seth Fried’s debut collection, The Great Frustration, was recently published by Soft Skull/Counterpoint, and was chosen for inclusion in Poets & Writers’ “First Fiction” issue. Fried’s stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Tin House, One Story, McSweeney’s, The Missouri Review, Story Quarterly, and The Kenyon Review. His work has been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize XXXV and The Better of McSweeney’s, Volume 2.

Seth Fried is a pure delight to read--his stories are like parables from some alternate sci-fi Bible, funny and wise and generous, deeply strange and even more deeply familiar.--Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

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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