Benjamin Percy

Hailing from the ominous-sounding High Desert of Central Oregon, Benjamin Percy writes literary works that often have the same intensity and verve of the place where he grew up. Drawing heavily from his experiences in the Pacific Northwest, Percy has been bestowed numerous awards and has been featured in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, and The Chicago Tribune, among other distinguished publications. Author Daniel Woodrell describes Percy as having "a fabulous eye for detail, the names of things, weeds, weapons, machines, and renders superbly the revelatory shadings of character." Refresh, Refresh, his collection of short stories published by the local Graywolf Press in 2007, has garnered international attention. Following the aftermath of the Iraq War in a sleepy-eyed yet emotionally electrified town, the short-story collection focuses on the tense relationship between a pair of young boys awaiting their fathers' returns to the United States. Percy, currently a professor at Iowa State University, has also published The Language of Elk and The Wilding, in addition to his latest novel, Red Moon, to be released in 2012. At Micawbers Bookstore, he will read from and discuss Refresh, Refresh, praised as one of The Chicago Tribune's Best Books of 2007 and one of The L Magazine's Best Books of the Decade. (Photo by Jennifer May)
Mon., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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