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Kevin Brockmeier

The Ghost Variations

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of nine books of (mostly) fiction, most recently The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories. He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A Little Rock native, he has appeared at the Festival each year since its inception. 

In The Ghost Variations, the author of the acclaimed novel The Brief History of the Dead gives us one hundred funny, poignant, scary, and thought-provoking ghost stories that explore all aspects of the afterlife. These tales are by turns playful, chilling, and philosophical, paying homage to the genre while audaciously subverting expectations. The ghosts in these pages are certain to haunt you well after you’ve closed the book. 

October 29, 1 - 2pm, Saturday

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Kim Fu + Kevin Brockmeier

In the twelve unforgettable tales of Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, the strange is made familiar and the familiar strange, such that a girl growing wings on her legs feels like an ordinary rite of passage, while a bug-infested house becomes an impossible, Kafkaesque nightmare. Each story builds a new world all its own: a group of children steals a haunted doll; a runaway bride encounters a sea monster; and a vendor sells toy boxes that seemingly control the passage of time.

In The Ghost Variations, the author of the acclaimed novel The Brief History of the Dead gives us one hundred funny, poignant, scary, and thought-provoking ghost stories that explore all aspects of the afterlife. These tales are by turns playful, chilling, and philosophical, paying homage to the genre while audaciously subverting expectations. The ghosts in these pages are certain to haunt you well after you’ve closed the book.

Main Library, Darragh Center, 1-2 p.m.