Writer Laura van den Berg

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Join us Sunday, December 1, at 3pm for a reading by Laura van den Berg.

“Laura van den Berg is one of the most freakishly talented young writers at work today, and a master of the short story form. Hers are deliciously unnerving, moving and monstrous tales.”  - Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her M.F.A. at Emerson College. Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, longlisted for The Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award. Her stories have appeared in Conjunctions, American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, One Story, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best New American Voices, and the Pushcart Prize XXIV. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and fellowships from Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

She has taught creative writing at Grub Street, Gettysburg College, as the 2009-2010 Emerging Writer Lecturer, the Gilman School, as the 2010-2011 Tickner Fellow, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and George Washington University.

Check out her interviews in Publisher's Weekly and The Rumpus.

Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in November 2013. After three years in Baltimore, Laura has recently relocated to the Boston area, where she is teaching fiction and working on her first novel.

This is a free event, open to all, and made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Library.

Posted by TravisF on October 8, 2013