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Becky Mandelbaum in Conversation with Jessica Gigot, The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals

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Thu, 01/14/2021 - 6:00pm
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Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for an intimate conversation about this bestselling new novel!


From the winner of the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction comes a tender and funny debut novel, set over one emotionally charged weekend at an animal sanctuary in western Kansas, where maternal, romantic, and community bonds are tested in the wake of an estranged daughter’s homecoming. Becky will be joined by another Bellingham writer, Jessica Gigot!

Becky Mandelbaum is the author of The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals and Bad Kansas, which received the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the 2018 High Plains Book Award for First Book. Her work has appeared in One Story, The Sun, The Georgia Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. Originally from Kansas, she currently lives in Bellingham, where she is editor-in-chief of Bellingham Alive. You can read more of her work at

Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, teacher, and musician. She has a small farm in Bow, WA called Harmony Fields that makes artisan sheep cheese and grows organic herbs. Her second book, Feeding Hour, was published (Nov 2020) by Trail to Table Press, an imprint of Wandering Aengus Press. Her writing appears in several publications such as Orion, Taproot, Gastronomica, The Hopper, and Poetry Northwest.

The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982112981
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2020

Bad Kansas: Stories (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction #89) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820351285
Availability: Not in-stock currently- expect arrival in 1-14 business days
Published: University of Georgia Press - September 15th, 2017

Feeding Hour Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578714615
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wandering Aengus Press - November 20th, 2020