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Horror and mystery headlines next Fall 2012 Raymond Carver Reading Series

Brian Evenson's Latest book is "Windeye"

Oct 10, 2012 — Article by: Judy Holmes

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Brian Evenson, author of "Windeye"

Brian Evenson, award-winning author of 10 books and master of literary horror, will present the next installment in the Fall 2012 Raymond Carver Reading Series, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Huntington Beard Crouse (HBC) Gifford Auditorium at Syracuse University. The reading will be preceded by a question and answer session from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in SU’s paid lots.

Evenson’s latest work, Windeye (Coffee House Press, 2012), “depicts people losing touch with reality, or for whom reality has become frightening, dark, and unsettling,” according to the publisher. “A woman falling out of sync with the world; a king’s servant hypnotized by his murderous horse; a transplanted ear with a mind of its own—the characters in these stories live as interlopers in a world shaped by mysterious disappearances and unfathomable discrepancies between the real and imagined.”

The title story, Windeye won a PEN/O'Henry Award in 2011. Writing for NPR Book Review, Minna Proctor describes the story as “exquisite.” “As if wooing Sisyphus, I push hungrily through the 25 stories in Windeye, trying each time to get to The Answer. Is the man a maniacal killer, or trapped in an experiment? What happens in the caves? Will the dead boy be avenged? Can Halle survive until the end of the oxygen shortage?” Proctor writes.

Evenson’s other works include the limited edition novella Baby Leg (New York Tyrant Press, 2009); the novel Last Days (Underland Press, 2009), which won the American Library Association/RUSA 2010 Award for Outstanding Horror Novel of the Year, and the short-story collection Fugue State (Coffee House Press, 2009). His groundbreaking novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press, 2006), described as a “virtuosic Mormon murder thriller,” received the 2007 Lilly Award in the Crime Fiction Category and was a finalist for a 2006 Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild (IHG) Award.

Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue. Evenson lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Named for the great short story writer and poet who taught at SU in the 1980s, the Raymond Carver Reading Series is a vital part of Syracuse’s literary life. Presented by the Creative Writing Program in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the series each year brings 12 to 14 prominent writers to campus to read their works and interact with students.

Fall 2012 Series Schedule
The Series will continue with the following authors. All readings begin at 5:30 p.m. in HBC Gifford Auditorium. Question and Answer sessions are from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Further information is available by calling (315) 443-2174.

Nov. 7: Mary Karr, professor of creative writing in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences, and award-winning, best-selling memoirist. Her New York Time’s bestsellers include Lit (2009), The Liars’ Club (1995), and Cherry (2001).

Nov. 28: Rodney Crowell, a Grammy Award-winning musician and songwriter and author of Chinaberry Sidewalks (2011). His latest album, Kin, features lyrics co-written with Mary Karr and guest appearances by award-winning country music artists.

Dec. 5: Adam Levin, award-winning author of The Instructions (2010), teaches creative writing at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

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Judy Holmes