What do Andy Sturdevant, Kate Hopper, and Joshua Ostergaard have in common? A lot, actually. All three are University of Minnesota creative writing MFA graduates, all have recently published (or are about to publish) their first book, and all three of these books are nonfiction. These commonalities are center stage at First Books, an annual event for the University's creative writing program. At the happening, the three authors will read from their work, discuss the writing process, and chronicle their path to publishing with Chris Fischbach, publisher and editor at Coffee House Press (which published Sturdevant's book, and is publishing Ostergaard's book this spring). Fischbach lauds the series as a great place to encounter new work, and talk about today's publishing trends. Sturdevant's collection of essays, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, garnered attention this year for its locally flavored essays on art, literature, and community. Hopper's memoir, Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood, focuses on the challenges of premature labor and motherhood. Ostergaard's The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes from Left Field is described by Coffee House as "a humorous, historical, and hirsute miscellany that's the baseball book Howard Zinn would have written, if he hated the Yankees."
Thu., March 13, 7 p.m., 2014