Friday, October 1 at 7:30pm
Skylight Books: 1818 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027 1818 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027
From fragmented ransom notes to hanging footnotes, contemporary fairy tales to coded text, interconnecting pieces of modal flash fiction to backwards fractal narratives about gradual blindness, transgressive listicles to how-to guides for performative wokeness, variable destinies in downtown Chicago to impossible dating applications, counterfactual relationships to the French translation of adolescence, the conceptual, language-driven short stories in Counterfactual Love Stories & Other Experiments are an exploration of not just mixed-race/hapa identity in Michigan (and the American Midwest), but also of the infinite ways in which stories can be told, challenged, celebrated, and subverted.
Jackson Bliss is a (non) fiction writer, librettist, screenwriter, and composer. He is the mixed-race/hapa author of Amnesia of June Bugs (7.13 Books, 2022), Dream Pop Origami (Unsolicited Press, 2022), and the speculative fiction hypertext, Dukkha, My Love (2017). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, Ploughshares, Guernica, Antioch Review, TriQuarterly, ZYZZYVA, Columbia Journal, Boston Review, Longreads, Fiction, Witness, and Kenyon Review, among others. He lives in LA with his wife and their two dogs.
Aimee Bender is the author of six books of fiction including the bestseller The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, and most recently The Butterfly Lampshade, longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta, The Paris Review, Harper’s and more, and she teaches creative writing at USC.