Don't miss this conversation in the Readings Gallery between two talented female writers as they present Toni Mirosevich's new short story collection.
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In Spell Heaven, a couple moves to a coast town and unexpectedly finds a sense of belonging with a group of outsiders. Stories include the tale of an undocumented boy's drowning when a wave pulls him out to sea, an ex–FBI agent’s surveillance of a man who leaves chocolate bars at a tree in a weekly ritual, a mother on meth who teaches a lesson on mercy, and Kite Man, who flies kites from a fishing pole and sells drugs on the side. His motto: When the kites fly, you can buy.
A modern story about a band of free spirits—not unlike characters found in Steinbeck’s Cannery Row—and the queer female narrator who yearns to get in with this out crowd, Spell Heaven is for readers who are looking for a human connection in today’s increasingly isolated world.
Toni Mirosevich was raised in a Croatian American fishing family in Everett, Washington. She is the author of a book of nonfiction stories, Pink Harvest, winner of the First Series Award for Creative Nonfiction, and five books of poetry. A professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University for many years, she currently resides with her wife in Pacifica, California.
Tele Aadsen is a writer, commercial fisherman, fishmonger, and lapsed social worker. She land-winters in the Coast Salish territory of Bow, Washington, and ocean-summers on the waters of Lingit Aani, Southeast Alaska, aboard the F/V Nerka, with her partner Joel Brady-Power. She self-markets their catch through Nerka Sea Frozen Salmon, performs annually with Oregon’s FisherPoets Gathering, and is a member of Bellingham's Red Wheelbarrow Writers.
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