ZYZZYVA EventsSeptember 18, 2015
Fall Issue Celebration
Location: 7 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland.
Description: An evening of readings from Issue No. 104 contributors, including Caille Millner, Mauro Javier Cardenas, Molly Spencer and Joseph Di Prisco. And featuring past contributor and special guest Kathleen Alcott, author of "Infinite Home." Free.September 22, 2015
In Conversation with Lori Ostlund
Location: 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Description: Ostlund, an award-winning author and contributor to ZYZZYVA, discusses her novel, "After the Parade" (Scribner), with ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. More info: http://bit.ly/1Js5VkLSeptember 30, 2015
Dashiell Hammett: From Detective to Detective Writer
Location: 6 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., San Francisco
Description: A conversation about Hammett with "The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett" author Nathan Ward, private investigator David B. Fechheimer and The Dashiell Hammett Tour's Don Herron; Moderated by ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free to ZYZZYVA subscribers. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1ERg09UOctober 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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Tag Archives: Vanessa Veselka
We announced here earlier in the year the inclusion of two ZYZZYVA pieces in the forthcoming Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories: respectively, Dagoberto Gilb‘s “A Little Bit of Fun Before He Died” (Issue No. 95, Fall 2012) and Karl Taro Greenfeld‘s “Horned Men” (also Issue No. 95). Today we learned ZYZZYVA made the Notable lists for both prestigious anthologies, too. Ron Carlson‘s story “Line From a Movie” (Issue No. 96, Winter 2012) won recognition in BASS, and two nonfiction works were similarly recognized in Best American Essays: Rick Barot‘s “Morandi Sonnet” (No. 96) and Luis Alberto Urrea‘s …Continue reading
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.”