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      Old Town Books Club: Mostly Dead Things with Kristen Arnett in Alexandria

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      August 3, 2019

      Saturday   9:30 AM

      104 South Union Street
      Alexandria, Virginia

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      Old Town Books Club: Mostly Dead Things with Kristen Arnett

      Join us for the August Old Town Books Club! We will be reading and discussing Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett. As a special guest, author Kristen Arnett will be in attendance to join the discussion and sign books! While Old Town Books Club is free and open to the public we will only be allowing copies of Mostly Dead Things that were purchased at Old Town Books to be singed by the author. RSVP is also appreciated. Take 15% off your in-store purchase or pre-order of Mostly Dead Things by mentioning the book club. Purchasing the book at our store is not required to attend, but is much appreciated - it sustains our free literary arts programming! About the book: One morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks into the family taxidermy shop to find that her father has committed suicide, right there on one of the metal tables. Shocked and grieving, Jessa steps up to manage the failing business, while the rest of the Morton family crumbles. Her mother starts sneaking into the shop to make aggressively lewd art with the taxidermied animals. Her brother Milo withdraws, struggling to function. And Brynn, Milo’s wife―and the only person Jessa’s ever been in love with―walks out without a word. As Jessa seeks out less-than-legal ways of generating income, her mother’s art escalates―picture a figure of her dead husband and a stuffed buffalo in an uncomfortably sexual pose―and the Mortons reach a tipping point. For the first time, Jessa has no choice but to learn who these people truly are, and ultimately how she fits alongside them. Kristen Arnett’s debut novel is a darkly funny, heart-wrenching, and eccentric look at loss and love. Alexander Chee says on Mostly Dead Things: “I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel like it. There’s a gunslinger cool to every sentence, like someone is telling you the last story they’ll ever tell you.” About Kristen Arnett: Kristen Arnett is a NYT best selling author and a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter's Literary Award in Fiction and is a columnist for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared or is upcoming at North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Electric Literature, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, Literary Hub, Volume 1 Brooklyn, OSU's The Journal, Catapult, Bennington Review, Portland Review, Tin House Flash Fridays/The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her debut story collection, Felt in the Jaw, was published by Split Lip Press and was awarded the 2017 Coil Book Award. Her novel, Mostly Dead Things, was published by Tin House Books in June 2019.

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