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Book Launch, Reading & Signing • Wendy Rawlings

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Book Launch, Reading & Signing • Wendy Rawlings

  • Ernest & Hadley Books 1928 7th St. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 (map)

Join us for the launch of Time for Bed, a new book of satirical short stories by local favorite and dear friend of E&H Books, Wendy Rawlings! Light refreshments served and open to the public. Signing starts at 4:30, reading at 5pm.

Bed is where we sleep and dream, where we make love and give ourselves nightmares. The thirteen stories in Wendy Rawlings's Time for Bed traverse the complicated terrain of bedtime activity, from adulterous couplings to nightmares that come to life, in terms that can feel lurid, unsettling, or disturbingly funny. A college student struggles with her mother leaving her father for a "cafeteria lady" at her high school. A woman loses her only daughter in a mass school shooting and goes on a road trip to buy a custom coffin, then decides to take a side trip to NRA headquarters. A daughter decides she should be born again--literally. Social, cultural, and familial disruptions haunt these characters in their waking lives as they look to grab something or someone for stability. A collection of comic stories that confront difficult and tragic events, Time for Bed crafts dreamscapes and bizarre encounters into bedtime stories for adults.

Wendy Rawlings is the author of Come Back Irish, winner of the 2000 Sandstone Prize for Short Fiction, and The Agnostics, winner of the Michigan Literary Fiction Award. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Kenyon Review, the Cincinnati Review, Tin House, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama.