Prairie Lights, Iowa – February 9

Granta Books, with Chinelo Okparanta

Join us for a special reading which will launch both Granta Magazine’s new issue: Exit Strategies and feature Ben Marcus reading from his new novel.

Chinelo Okparanta, who holds an MFA in fiction from The Iowa Writer’s Workshop, will read from her Granta story ‘America.’ In addition to Okparanta’s story, Exit Strategies contains work by John Barth, Alice Munro, and Claire Messud.

Ben Marcus will read from his new novel, The Flame Alphabet, which will be published in the UK by Granta next year.  It is set after a terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children’s speech has become lethal. Radio transmissions from strange sources indicate that people are going into hiding. Figuratively speaking, teenagers can be described as toxic, but in Marcus’ speculative tale, teens are literally poisoning their parents each time they speak. This ingenious and provoking premise enables the boldly imaginative Marcus  to explore the paradoxes of family and how the need to communicate can go utterly wrong.

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