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SPECIAL EVENT: The Craft of Shaping a Short Story Collection

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SPECIAL EVENT: A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son and the Craft of Shaping a Short Story Collection, with a focus on Literary Voice

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Sergio Troncoso will read and discuss his new book, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, a collection of short stories about immigrants finding their home beyond the border, trying to fit in, and being outsiders as present struggles and memories of the past pull their selves in different directions.

He will also discuss the craft of shaping a short story collection, with a focus on literary voice. This conversation will be moderated by M.G. Lord.

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SERGIO TRONCOSO is author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, a collection of linked short stories on immigration which Junot Díaz called “a masterwork.” Troncoso also wrote From This Wicked Patch of Dust, which Kirkus Reviews named one of the best books of 2012 in a starred review. The novel also won the Southwest Book Award. Troncoso wrote Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, winner of the Bronze Award for Essays from Foreword Reviews. He is also the author of The Nature of Truth, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “impressively lucid.” Publishers Weekly called his first book, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, “Richly satisfying.” He is currently vice president of the Texas Institute of Letters. He has served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New Letters Prize for Essays. His work has recently appeared in New Letters, The Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Texas Monthly.

M.G. LORD is the author of The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted By Her Beauty to Notice, which won the LA Press Club Award for best book on entertainment in 2012. Her other books include Astro Turf, a family memoir of aerospace culture during the Cold War, and Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll. She appears in “Blue Sky Metropolis,” a four-part PBS series on the Southern California aerospace industry, as well as two recent documentaries on the Barbie doll, "The Toys that Made Us" (Netflix) and "Tiny Shoulders" (Hulu). Her work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Discover, Travel + Leisure, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Hollywood Reporter. Before becoming a freelance writer, Lord was for twelve years a syndicated political cartoonist based at Newsday. An honors graduate of Yale University, she has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation science-writing grant, as well as resident fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of Southern California.

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