Kelly Sather With Her New Short Story Collection "Small in Real Life"

Bay Area author KELLY SATHER appears on Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 PM to read from and discuss her new book of short stores Small In Real Life. Kelly will be joined in conversation by author YAEL GOLDSTEIN-LOVEand will sign copies of her book after the presentation. (Kelly's photo by Elisabeth Fall. Yael's photo by Laura Turbow Photography)

The event is free; register at Eventbrite or in the store prior to the evening. Click here to preorder a copy of Small In Real Life.

Winner of the 2023 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, Small in Real Life invokes the myth and melancholy of Southern California glamor, of starry-eyed women and men striving for their own Hollywood shimmer and the seamy undersides and luxurious mystique of the Golden State. Exiled to a Malibu rehab, an alcoholic paparazzo spies on his celebrity friend for an online tabloid. Down to her last dollar, a Hollywood hanger-on steals designer handbags from her dying friend’s bungalow. Blinded by grief, an LA judge atones after condescending to a failed actress on a date. When hunger for power, fame, and love betrays the senses, the characters in these nine stories must reckon with false choices and their search for belonging with the wrong people. Small in Real Life offers an insider’s view of California and the golden promises of possibility and redemption that have long made the West glitter.

“In Kelly Sather’s phenomenal short story collection, she compresses the daily commotion of life into riveting moments of reckoning, whether earned or forced. Desire can obscure or illuminate, and in these compelling stories, Sather’s characters deal with the complications of wanting and existing in the world. Sentence by sentence, Small in Real Life is one of the best debuts I’ve ever read.” —Michele Filgate, editor of What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About

KELLY SATHER is a former entertainment lawyer and screenwriter. She holds an MFA from Bennington and her fiction has appeared in Santa Monica Review, J Journal, Pembroke Magazine, PANK, and elsewhere. She grew up in Los Angeles and lives in Northern California.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on OCTOBER 5th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
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Small in Real Life: Stories (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) By Kelly Sather Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822947998
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - October 3rd, 2023