Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Debut Novelist to Read at Broadway Books

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, June 29, at 7 pm to hear Loretta Stinson read from her debut novel, Little Green. Stinson's stunning, redemptive novel, set in 1976, follows a runaway who ends up working in a strip club and falls for a drug dealer, who spirals into addiction and becomes physically abusive. Stinson is the recipient of a 2008 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Fiction. In 2007, she was a winner of the national Doug Fir Fiction prize. Her stories have appeared in The Bear Deluxe and Ooligan Press’ online literary magazine. She is currently working on her second novel. Stinson received a Master's in Publishing from Portland State University in 2007 and an MFA in Creative Writing in 2009. She currently teaches writing at PSU.

Debra Gwartney said that the book "had me in its grip after the first sentence and didn't let me go until the end," while Cheryl Strayed called the book "tender and tough, equal parts grit and grace," adding "It's a riveting and unforgettable debut."

Little Green is published by Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, a local -- and wonderful -- publishing company established in 2001. Some of the other books Hawthorne has published recently include Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink story, as told to Jody M. Roy; Clown Girl (recently optioned by Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig), by Monica Drake; The Tsar's Dwarf, by Peter H. Fogtdal; and The Well and the Mine, by Gin Phillips.

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