Midwest Writers Virtual Holiday Potluck
Perfect to kick-off your holiday season, a digital potluck with Midwestern authors with books out in the past year. Featuring short readings, hilarious banter, and recipes that the authors would share at a non-disaster-era holiday party.
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Rachel Mans McKenny is an Iowa writer, recently published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and is the debut author of The Butterfly Effect. A Man Called Ove meets The Rosie Project in this tale of a grumpy introvert, her astonishing lack of social skills and empirical data-driven approach to people and relationships. New York Times bestselling author J. Ryan Stradal calls it “A warm, winning debut from a talented new Midwestern voice.”
Lyz Lenz is a journalist and writer, whose work has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book God Land was published in 2019, through Indiana University Press. Her second book Belabored, was published on August 11, 2020. Chloe Angyal (Marie Claire), notes that “In Belabored, Lyz Lenz will ‘make you cry in one paragraph and snort-laugh in the next.’”
Amber Sparks is a writer originally from the Midwest (the very cold part). Her latest short story collection And I Do Not Forgive You came out in early 2020. The Library Journal writes, “The pieces here are beyond the classification of any one genre, borrowing from fairy tales, fantasy, coming-of-age, modern life, and social commentary.... Each story is vivid, unexpected, and satisfyingly weird.”
Denise Williams is an Iowa-based romance author and a 2019 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist. Her much anticipated debut from Berkley, How to Fail at Flirting, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which called it “Jam-packed with laugh-out-loud banter and heart-fluttering romance… a knockout.”
Mia Mercado is a humorist and author, featured recently in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bustle, Reductress, and other outlets. Her debut collection of funny non-fiction essays Weird but Normal was released by HarperOne in 2020. With sharp humor and wit, Mia shares the awkward, uncomfortable, surprisingly ordinary parts of life, and shows us why it’s strange to feel fine and fine to feel strange.
Riane Konc is a Midwest-based humorist and writer, most often found in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Reductress, and other publications. Her hilarious “choose-your-own adventure” style humor collection Build Your Own Christmas Movie Romance is “the perfect gift for your Hallmark holiday film loving BFF (or just yourself, no shame).” (Bustle)