Start: 7:00 pm
Fri 11/9 7pm-8pm David Ebenbach reads from his short story collection: Into the Wilderness David’s second collection of short fiction, Into The Wilderness, winner of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, explores the powerful and complicated experience of parenthood from many angles: an eager-to-connect divorced father takes his kids to a Jewish-themed baseball game; a lesbian couple tries to decide whether their toddler son needs a man in his life; one young couple debates the idea of parenthood while another struggles with infertility; a reserved father uses an all-you-can-eat buffet to comfort his heartbroken son. But the backbone of the collection is Judith, who we follow through her challenging first weeks of motherhood, culminating in an intense and redemptive baby-naming ceremony. In the words of author Joan Leegant, “These stories are fearless, honest and true. They are also a joy to read.” David Ebenbach lives in Washington, D.C. His poetry, fiction and essays have been published in a wide variety of magazines and in collections of fiction. He has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.