what nell dreams Virtual Event with Anne Leigh Parrish
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Join us on January 21, 2020 at https://meet.jit.si/OrcaBooksEvents for a virtual reading and post-reading discussion of Olympian author Anne Leigh Parrish’s collection what nell dreams. The event will start at 3:00pm!
In sixteen short stories and a novella, award-winning author Anne Leigh Parrish explores the magic of life, love, and the soft boundary between fact and fantasy. Here is fiction that lifts off from reality and startles us into recognition. The wife of an artist disappears under mysterious circumstances; a woman has the gift of taking away sorrow; another finds inner strength through writing poetry; and a great-grandmother spends the day sitting on a folding chair in a grocery store parking lot, contemplating the nature of the human heart. Women are the foundation of this collection, and it’s their unique issues that hold sway. Marriages gone bad, violent men, and children who disappoint weave through settings and scenes with fine dramatic tension. Loneliness, often a thing to be avoided at the cost of one’s self-esteem, becomes embraced as a source of strength. Quiet souls make themselves heard, and the timid prevail. The underdog doesn’t always win, and that more often than not learns to accept what cannot be changed. Literary fiction at its best, what nell dreams is Parrish’s eight book of fiction.
Anne Leigh Parrish hails from upstate New York where much of her fiction is set, though she has called the Pacific Northwest home since 1982. After majoring in Economics from the University of Colorado, and earning an MBA degree from the University of Washington, she chucked the idea of a career in business to pursue writing fiction. Focusing solely on short stories, her first piece was publishing the Autumn 1995 issue of The Virginia Quarterly Review. From then through roughly 2010 she continued to publish short stories and win a number of prizes and awards. In 2011 she published her first story collection, All The Roads That Lead From Home with Press 53. The collection earned a silver medal in the short story category of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards, or IPPY for short. Her next book, a collection of linked stories called Our Love Could Light The World, came out in 2013 from She Writes Press and introduced readers to the Dugan family. The following year, again from She Writes Press, her first novel, What Is Found, What Is Lost, was published. In 2017 another story collection, by the wayside, was published by Unsolicited Press; later in 2017, her second novel, women within, came out with Black Rose Writing. The next Dugan book is the amendment, a novel, (Unsolicited Press, 2018); followed by maggie’s ruse (Unsolicited Press, 2019). what nell dreams, a novella and sixteen short stories, was published by Unsolicited Press in November, 2020 and nominated for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award. Coming next March is another Dugan book, a winter night (Unsolicited Press). the moon won’t be dared, her debut poetry collection will appear in October 2021, followed by another novel, an open door, in October 2022, both from Unsolicited Press. Four summers ago, After thirty-five years in Seattle, Anne and her husband John fled the urban crowding of Seattle for the forested charm of Olympia. They have two adult children, Lauren and John, Jr.