A Reading With Paul Luikart And Bryan Bliss

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Paul Luikart reads from Animal Heart with Bryan Bliss reading from Meet Me Here


About Paul Luikart's Animal Heart:

A cabbie with a booze problem pities a murderer and helps him flee into the desert. A homeless woman teaches a businessman how to dance. A bank robber on the run does the only compassionate thing he’s ever done in his life when he encounters a band of wild horses. A man hunts and kills his romantic rival, then presents the love of his life with a grisly token of his affection.

The stories in Paul Luikart’s Animal Heart address lives in transition, focusing on raggedy characters in need of redemption—whether they realize it or not.

Paul Luikart’s work has appeared in Barrelhouse, Curbside Splendor, Hobart, the Monarch Review, Pithead Chapel, and Word Riot, among others. He has been nominated for Queen’s Ferry Press’ Best Small Fictions collection, Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net anthology, and a Pushcart Prize. His MFA in creative writing is from Seattle Pacific University. Animal Heart is his first book. He and his family live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can find him on Twitter,

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About Bryan Bliss' Meet Me Here:

In a single night—graduation night—Thomas has to decide: do what everyone has always expected of him, or forge an entirely new path? Bryan Bliss’s absorbing examination of one boy struggling with expectations and realities will appeal to readers of Sara Zarr and Chris Crutcher.

Thomas is supposed to leave for the Army in the morning. His father was Army. His brother, Jake, is Army—is a hero, even, with the medals to prove it. Everyone expects Thomas to follow in that fine tradition. But Jake came back from overseas a completely different person, and that has shaken Thomas’s certainty about his own future. And so when his long-estranged friend Mallory suggests one last night of adventure, Thomas takes her up on the distraction. Over the course of this single night, Thomas will lose, find, resolve, doubt, drive, explore, and leap off a bridge. He’ll also face the truth of his brother’s post-traumatic stress disorder and of his own courage. In Bryan Bliss’s deft hands, graduation night becomes a night to find yourself, to find each other, to find a path, and to know that you always have a place—and people—to come back to.

Bryan Bliss has worked with teenagers for more than ten years. He holds an MFA from Seattle Pacific University. This is his first novel. He lives with his family in Minneapolis.
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