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TriQuarterly Books Presents Yxta Maya Murray & Benjamin Hedin

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An “offsite” virtual fiction reading to commemorate #AWP21

About this Event

Join us Wednesday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM Central as novelists Yxta Maya Murray and Benjamin Hedin read from new and forthcoming books!

About the Books

Murray’s funny, idiosyncratic, and propulsive new novel, Art is Everything, is a portrait of a Chicana artist as a woman on the margins. Written as a series of web posts, Instagram essays, Snapchat freakouts, rejected Yelp review, and SmugMug streams-of-consciousness that merge volcanic confession with eagle-eyed art criticism, Art is Everything shows us the painful but joyous development of a mid-career artist whose world implodes just as she has a breakthrough. Available now.

Under the Spell is the first novel by Benjamin Hedin, a dazzling new voice in American fiction. A book that forces us to question how much of a person, even those closest to us, remains obscure, Under the Spell reveals the astonishing, transformative power of grief. Forthcoming this June.

About the Authors

YXTA MAYA MURRAY is a writer and law professor living in Los Angeles. Her novels include The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting KidnappedThe King’s Gold: An Old World Novel of Adventure, and The Queen Jade: A Novel. Her fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She has won a Whiting Writer’s Award and an Art Writer’s Grant, and she has been a finalist for the ASME Award in Fiction. Her art criticism can be found in ArtforumARTnewsArtillery, and other periodicals.

BENJAMIN HEDIN is the author of In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now and editor of the anthology Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader. He has written for the New YorkerTime, the Atlantic, the Oxford American, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. Also a Grammy-nominated producer of documentary films, he wrote the films Two Trains Runnin’ about the search for two forgotten blues singers and the multiple award-winning 2021 documentary MLK/FBI—called “eye-opening and jaw-dropping” by Rolling Stone. He lives in Atlanta.