Leslie Kirk Campbell In Conversation with Keenan Norris

Join us for LESLIE KIRK CAMPBELL reading from her new short story collection, The Man With Eight Pairs of Legs, winner of the 2020 Mary McCarthy Prize for FictionHer appearance at Mrs. Dalloway's will also include conversation with author Keenan Norris (right).


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The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs, from publisher Sarabande Books , is about the ways our bodies are marked by memory, often literally, and the risky decisions we make when pushed to the extreme. This collection is a study in compassion and in passion, a must-read for our times.

"[A] remarkable collection—every story a deep dive well worth taking." San Francisco Chronicle

"In these eight stories, Campbell spins tales of isolation that range from the desperate to the profound, and her clear prose cuts through the trepidation her characters often feel. A meaningful and utterly devastating collection that cements Campbell as a leading short story writer." —"16 Upcoming Books From Indie Presses You’ll Love," Buzzfeed

“History and memory crosscut through The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs in a gorgeous weave. These are marvelous, stirring stories, sometimes sexy, sometimes harrowing, somehow both timeless and timely. Campbell writes with great depth, patience, wisdom, and beauty.” —Anthony Doerr, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See

LESLIE KIRK CAMPBELL'S short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares Solos and won awards at Arts & Letters, Southern Indiana Review, Briar Cliff Review and The Thomas Wolfe Review. The author of Journey into Motherhood, Leslie is the mother of two grown sons and teaches at Ripe Fruit Writing, a creative writing program she founded in San Francisco.

KEENAN NORRIS'S latest novel is The Confession of Copeland Cane. Keenan teaches American literature and creative writing at San Jose State. His essay “One Coyote” won a 2021 Folio: Eddie Award and his debut novel Brother and the Dancer won the 2012 James D. Houston Award. 

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs (Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946448880
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Sarabande Books - February 1st, 2022