I'm reading at the SPARKS Literary Festival on Sunday (January 31). Now in its 8th year, SPARKS is a showcase for local writers, with special appearances from out-of-towners. This year the organizers invited the fantastic Heather O'Neill. I read her latest story collection, Daydreams of Angels, just before the holidays and was completely entranced. A gypsy and a talking bear walk into a whore house. A Jewish girl prostitutes herself to Nazi soldiers for stockings. Young women make day trips to the beach to hunt for babies in the surf. These stories are weird and wonderful, wise and witty. They have a darkness that sneaks up on you. It's going to be fantastic to hear her reading live.
And speaking of readings, there will be sixteen of us reading on Sunday at SPARKS. The day is broken up into four sessions with four writers giving readings during each session. I'm scheduled in for the last session with some real heavy-weights (including H. O'N!!). Come join us, if you can. It's gonna be a time!