Author Emma Donoghue's latest book, Astray, is doing something that collections of short stories rarely do: getting lots of critical praise and selling lots of copies. Its success has surprised even Donoghue. ''I never imagined that a book of short stories would be getting me big fat reviews in USA Today and People,'' she tells us. ''Short story writers usually have a bit of an inferiority complex because our books don't sell as well, but this one has just been so warmly received.''
Donoghue is reading from Astray as part of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Astray is an especially apt title, because the tales focus on people who have gone wide of the normal path. Each of the stories was inspired by historical facts and set in North Amer-ica. ''Daddy’s Girl'' centers on Murray Hall, a male New York politician revealed to be a woman at his death in 1901. ''Snowblind'' recounts the exploits of two gold-mining partners in the Klondike during the 1890s (think Brokeback Mountain). And ''Last Supper at Brown’s'' follows a slave who conspires with his mistress to murder his master in Texas in 1864.
Hari Kunzru will be joining Donoghue onstage, reading from his newest release, Gods Without Men.
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To read our interview with Emma Donoghue and enter the Houston Press / Inprint contest for an autographed copy of Astray and two tickets to the Inprint reading, visit the Houston Press arts blog Art Attack.
Mon., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2012