“Many of the women in these stories are farouche—they’re outsiders, they’re troubled, they lack polish, they dream too much,” writes Joy Williams in the introduction to the story collection Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime. The same could most likely be said of the authors of these whimsical tales. Edited by Rob Spillman, the editor of Tin House magazine and executive editor of Tin House Books, Fantastic Women showcases the most imaginative and surprising works by Miranda July, Lydia Davis, Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, and Julia Slavin, among others. Tonight Spillman talks with three contributors to the collection—Karen Russell (Swamplandia!), Samantha Hunt (The Invention of Everything Else), and Gina Zucker—about what inspires them to mix magic with reality.
Tue., Aug. 30, 7 p.m., 2011