Kate Reed Petty to Discuss Her Debut Novel with Elif Batuman via Zoom (8/5)

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Kate Reed Petty, author of TRUE STORY (Viking), will discuss her debut novel with writer Elif Batuman at a virtual event hosted by Politics & Prose bookstore via Zoom on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00 pm (ET).

Tracing the fifteen-year fallout of a toxic high school rumor, TRUE STORY a riveting debut novel about the power of stories—and who gets to tell them. An inventive and breathtaking exploration of a woman finding her voice in the wake of trauma, this book is part psychological thriller, part fever dream, and part timely comment on sexual assault, power, and the very nature of truth. Ingeniously constructed and full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the final pages, it marks the debut of a singular and daring new voice in fiction.

Kate Reed Petty has been recognized with a Narrative magazine 30 Below Award, as well as grants and scholarships from the Robert Deutsch Foundation, The Mount, Bloedel Reserve, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her short fiction has been published in Electric Literature, American Short Fiction, Blackbird, Ambit, Nat. Brut, and Los Angeles Review of Books, and she has a master of letters from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She lives in Baltimore.

Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The POSSESSED: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor, she also holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. THE IDIOT is her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Posted: August 4, 2020