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Reading: Best American Essays 2016 at Exo Roast Co.

  • Southern Arizona Work Space at Exo Roast Company 403 North 6th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)

Tucson is a small city, but its literary scene is mighty. Of 25 works selected for this year's Best American Essays anthology, three are authored by Tucsonans.  

On the evening of October 28, Kati will read alongside fellow Tucson writers Francisco Cantu and Ela Harrison at Exo Roast Co.'s new Southern Arizona Workspace in downtown Tucson. Antigone Books will be present to sell copies of Best American Essays 2016. 

Here's what editor Jonathan Franzen had to say of his picks, from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:  "A true essay is “something hazarded, not definitive, not authoritative; something ventured on the basis of the author’s personal experience and subjectivity,” writes guest editor Jonathan Franzen in his introduction. However, his main criterion for selecting The Best American Essays 2016 was, in a word, risk. Whether the risks involved championing an unpopular opinion, the possibility of ruining a professional career, or irrevocably offending family, for Franzen, “the writer has to be like the firefighter, whose job, while everyone else is fleeing the flames, is to run straight into them.”

Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Outside food is welcome.