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Powell's Books Presents Lydia Conklin in Conversation With Leigh Newman
In Lydia Conklin’s exuberant, prize-winning story collection, Rainbow Rainbow (Catapult), queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming characters seek love and connection in hilarious and heartrending 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, plying him with a potent rainbow-colored cocktail. A lonely office worker struggling with their gender identity chaperones their nephew to a trans YouTube convention. And in the depths of a Midwestern winter, a sex-addicted librarian relies on her pet ferrets to help resist a relapse at a wild college fair. A fearless collection of stories that celebrate the humor, darkness, and depth of emotion of the queer and trans experience that's not typically represented: liminal or uncertain identities, queer conception, and queer joy — Rainbow Rainbow captures both the dark and lovable sides of the human experience and establishes Conklin as a fearless new voice for their generation. Conklin will be joined in conversation by Leigh Newman, author of Nobody Gets Out Alive.
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Lydia Conklin
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, scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from Emory, MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, and elsewhere. Their fiction has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, and The Paris Review. They’ve drawn comics for The New Yorker, The Believer, Lenny Letter, and elsewhere. They are currently the Zell Visiting Professor of Fiction at the University of Michigan.
Leigh Newman
Leigh Newman’s collection Nobody Gets Out Alive was released by Scribner in April 2022 and includes stories that have appeared in the Paris Review, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories 2020, Tin House, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and Electric Literature. Her memoir about growing up in Alaska, Still Points North (Dial, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard prize and her story “Howl Palace” was awarded both a Pushcart prize and an American Society of Magazine Editors’ fiction prize. In 2020, she received the Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize for “humor, wit, and sprezzatura.” When not writing, she raises her two dogs, two kids, two chickens and one disgruntled cat.