Saturday, February 23 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Brendan Mathews, Author of This Is Not a Love Song

We are pleased to welcome back author Brendan Mathews for a book reading and signing for his new short story collection, This Is Not a Love Song, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

This engrossing first story collection by rising star Brendan Mathews is packed with compelling tales such as “My Last Attempt to Explain to You What Happened with the Lion Tamer,” in which a love triangle complicates things between a lion tamer, a trapeze artist, and the strongman.  Mathews effortlessly weaves irresistible stories from a wide array of situations, as in “Airborne,” in which a couple’s obsession with a mold in their house causes them to tear it apart plank by plank.
A worker in architectural salvage trying to two-time his boss by stealing a valuable antique, a father and his sons haggling over the family business during high-stakes rounds of golf, and a widow of the Bosnian conflict recalling her husband’s demise and her dramatic escape are only a few of the warm and intimately revealed characters populating Mathews’s enchanting collection.
This Is Not a Love Song is proof positive that Mathews is every bit the expert minimalist that he was the boisterous maximalist, as each of these ten stories brings its world and its sympathetic characters to life with vivid detail, emotional precision, and winning humor.

Photo by Tricia McCormack

About the author: Brendan Mathews is the author of This Is Not a Love Song: Stories and the novel The World of Tomorrow.  A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, his fiction has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Cincinnati Review, and other publications in the US and UK.  He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council,  Sustainable Arts Foundation, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the University of Virginia, where he received his MFA.  He lives with his wife and their four children in Lenox, Massachusetts, and teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.



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