It's back! First Fiction returns to Changing Hands Bookstore, now at our own First Draft Book Bar.
Three first-time fiction writers read excerpts from their buzz-worthy novels while YOU enjoy happy hour prices at the bar. Afterwards, we'll open the floor to questions, then enjoy an informal mixer with the authors, who will meet attendees, take photos, and sign their books.
FREE EVENT / VIP OPTIONS
The event is free, but you can also select from two VIP options, both of which entitle you to a pre-event mixer with the authors, all three books, an exclusive First Fiction tote, a free drink from our First Draft Book Bar, and complimentary light refreshments.
EVENT DETAILS → RSVP: free: Entry to the FREE event starting at 7pm. → VIP Package 1: $90 + fees: Admission for one (1) person to an EXCLUSIVE pre-event Meet & Greet with the authors (get pictures taken, mingle, one free drink, and free light refreshments), plus a collectible First Fiction tote, a reserved seat for the event, one (1) copy of LOT, one (1) copy of THE PARISIAN, and one (1) copy of SABRINA & CORINA. → VIP Package 2: $100 + fees: Admission for two (2) people to an EXCLUSIVE pre-event Meet & Greet with the authors (get pictures taken, mingle, two (2) free drinks, and free light refreshments), plus a collectible First Fiction tote, reserved seats for the event, one (1) copy of LOT, one (1) copy of THE PARISIAN, and one (1) copy of SABRINA & CORINA.
The EXCLUSIVE pre-event Meet & Greet (with the purchase of a VIP Package) takes place from 6-7-pm.
FREE PARKING / LIGHT RAIL
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Lot by Bryan Washington
- Don't want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.
"Bryan Washington's debut marks a stunning and remarkable new voice in literature. LOT tells the collected and intertwining stories of residents in a gentrifying neighborhood in Houston - in particular, stories of brown boys and black boys learning to navigate the world, learning about who they are, where they are from, and discovering who they might become. The stories are tender and bittersweet and provide a raw look at a community in the midst of change. For fans of Friday Black, Heads of the Colored People, We the Animals, and The Incendiaries." — Michelle Malonzo, Changing Hands
NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Nylon, Huffington Post, AV Club, The Millions
In the city of Houston - a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America - the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family's restaurant, weathering his brother's blows, resenting his older sister's absence. And discovering he likes boys. Around him, others live and thrive and die in Houston's myriad neighborhoods: a young woman whose affair detonates across an apartment complex, a ragtag baseball team, a group of young hustlers, hurricane survivors, a local drug dealer who takes a Guatemalan teen under his wing, a reluctant chupacabra. Bryan Washington's brilliant, viscerally drawn world vibrates with energy, wit, and the infinite longing of people searching for home. With soulful insight into what makes a community, a family, and a life, Lot
explores trust and love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms.
The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
"The Parisian, a captivating novel of cultural assimilation, deprivation, and sacrifice in times of war, is quite simply a beautifully vivid, immersive love story. While these attributes alone would make The Parisian a compelling read, it is Hammad’s writing that marks this work as one of the greatest novels I’ve read in recent years. The descriptions are sharp and lush, and her depictions of her characters feel recognizably familiar yet are expressed with a felicity for language that is altogether exceptional. This is a novel for everyone who craves a timeless love story and admires superb writing." — Lori Feathers, Interabang Books, Dallas, TX
A masterful debut novel by Plimpton Prize winner Isabella Hammad, The Parisian
illuminates a pivotal period of Palestinian history through the journey and romances of one young man, from his studies in France during World War I to his return to Palestine at the dawn of its battle for independence. Midhat Kamal is the son of a wealthy textile merchant from Nablus, a town in Ottoman Palestine. A dreamer, a romantic, an aesthete, in 1914 he leaves to study medicine in France, and falls in love. When Midhat returns to Nablus to find it under British rule, and the entire region erupting with nationalist fervor, he must find a way to cope with his conflicting loyalties and the expectations of his community. The story of Midhat's life develops alongside the idea of a nation, as he and those close to him confront what it means to strive for independence in a world that seems on the verge of falling apart. Against a landscape of political change that continues to define the Middle East, The Parisian
explores questions of power and identity, enduring love, and the uncanny ability of the past to disrupt the present. Lush and immersive, and devastating in its power, The Parisian
is an elegant, richly-imagined debut from a dazzling new voice in fiction.
Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
"Sabrina & Corina isn’t just good, it’s masterful storytelling. Fajardo-Anstine is a fearless writer: her women are strong and scarred witnesses of the violations of their homelands, their culture, their bodies; her plots turn and surprise, unerring and organic in their comprehensiveness; her characters break your heart, but you keep on going because you know you are in the hands of a master. Her stories move through the heart of darkness and illuminate it with the soul of truth." — Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado—a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite—these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force. In “Sugar Babies,” ancestry and heritage are hidden inside the earth but tend to rise during land disputes. “Any Further West” follows a sex worker and her daughter as they leave their ancestral home in southern Colorado only to find a foreign and hostile land in California. In “Tomi,” a woman leaves prison and finds herself in a gentrified city that is a shadow of the one she remembers from her childhood. And in the title story, “Sabrina & Corina,” a Denver family falls into a cycle of violence against women, coming together only through ritual. Sabrina & Corina
is a moving narrative of unrelenting feminine power and an exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage, and an eternal sense of home.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
BRYAN WASHINGTON has written for The New Yorker
, The New York Times
, the New York Times Magazine
, The Paris Review
, Tin House
, One Story
, Bon Appétit
, American Short Fiction
, The Awl
, and Catapult
. He lives in Houston.
ISABELLA HAMMAD was born in London. She won the 2018 Plimpton Prize for Fiction for her story "Mr. Can'aan." Her writing has appeared in Conjunctions
and the Paris Review
. The Parisian
is her first novel.
KALI FAJARDO-ANSTINE is from Denver, Colorado. Her fiction has appeared in The American Scholar
, Boston Review
, Bellevue Literary Review
, The Idaho Review
, Southwestern American Literature
, and elsewhere. Fajardo-Anstine has received fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Hedgebrook. She received her MFA from the University of Wyoming and has lived across the country from Durango, Colorado, to Key West, Florida.