ZYZZYVA EventsOctober 11, 2015
Let's Get Uncomfortable and Talk About Race: Litquake Panel
Location: 2:30 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., San Francisco
Description: A conversation about identity and literature and publishing, with Ethar El-Katatney, Judy Juanita, and Kim Wong Keltner, moderated by ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1OYYh9eOctober 17, 2015
ZYZZYVA All-Stars Fall Celebration/Litcrawl
Location: 6 p.m., Casanova, 527 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Description: As part of our 30th anniversary celebration, past and recent contributors to the journal, from here and across the state, read from their work, including Glen David Gold, Melissa Yancy, Joe Donnelly, and Erika Recordon. Hosted by editors Laura Cogan & Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1Pj9P6mOctober 19, 2015
In Conversation with John Freeman
Location: 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
Description: Managing Editor Oscar Villalon talks to author and ZYZZYVA contributing editor John Freeman about the launch of his new literary journal, Freeman's. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1Oe2rH1
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Vanessa Veselka is the author of the novel Zazen, which won the 2012 PEN/Bingham prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in Tin House, the Atlantic, Bust, Bitch, and other publications. And according to her bio, Veselka, who lives in Portland, Ore., has been at various times a teenage runaway, an expatriate, a union organizer, and a student of paleontology.
Her story “Christopher Hitchens” appears in ZYZZYVA’s 2012 Winter issue. Both funny and chilling, it tells of a young mother desperately looking to lose all her beliefs with the help of Lyle, an expert in such things who has a face like Eric Clapton’s. (“You’d never recognize him without context,” says the narrator.)
“Christopher Hitchens” is the second of three connected stories. The first, “Just Before Elena,” ran in Tin House No. 53. The third story is slated to run in SWINK.
The following is an excerpt from “Christopher Hitchens.”