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Lydia Conklin

Rainbow Rainbow

Lydia Conklin has received a Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, three Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Writing Fulbright in Poland, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and fellowships from Emory, MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and elsewhere. Their fiction has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, the Paris Review, One Story, and VQR. They are an assistant professor of fiction at Vanderbilt University. 

Rainbow Rainbow 

In this exuberant, prize-winning story collection, Rainbow Rainbow, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming characters seek love and connection in hilarious and heart-rending stories that reflect the complexity of our current moment. A nonbinary writer on the eve of top surgery enters into a risky affair during the height of COVID, a lesbian couple enlists a close friend as a sperm donor, and a lonely office worker struggling with their gender identity chaperones their nephew to a trans YouTube convention.  

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October 22, 2:30 - 3:30pm, Saturday

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Lydia Conklin + Lee Mandelo

In the exuberant story collection Rainbow Rainbow, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming characters seek love and connection in hilarious and heart-rending stories that reflect the complexity of our current moment. A nonbinary writer on the eve of top surgery enters into a risky affair during the height of COVID, a lesbian couple enlists a close friend as a sperm donor, and a lonely office worker struggling with their gender identity chaperones their nephew to a trans YouTube convention.

Summer Sons weaves codependent college boys, fast cars, dark inheritances, and academic intrigue together with equal parts spooky ghost story and exploration of grief and masculinity. Andrew loses his closest friend Eddie to an apparent suicide a handful of days before Andrew is due to join Eddie in Nashville at Vanderbilt; Andrew comes south to search for answers about what happened to him. Eddie has left him a house with a stranger for a roommate, a pack of unruly and dangerous new friends, and a nasty haunting—which leads Andrew to suspect there’s more to his death than everyone else believes.

Sponsored by KUAR FM 89.1.

Main Library, Darragh Center, 2:30-3:30 p.m.