BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman for our monthly Statesman Selects program. Each month, we get together to select one book you absolutely must not miss. May’s Statesman Selects pick is Gutshot: Stories by former Austinite Amelia Gray. Pick up a copy of the Statesman on Sunday, May 3 to read their review. Join us here at BookPeople on Wednesday, May 6 at 7pm when Gray will be speaking about and signing Gutshot in our store.
Amelia Gray made the move from Tuscon to Texas to work on her MFA at Texas State University. She wrote her first two collections of stories, AM/PM and Museum of the Weird while living in Austin, the latter of which was awarded the Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize. She is also the author of the novel Threats, which was nominated for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles. She now lives in Los Angeles.
She also founded the popular (and ongoing) storytelling series Five Things, a mix of oral, audio/visual and musical performance.
Many writers are praising Gutshot, which is on our shelf now:
“The minute details of life are memorably rendered in surreal and sometimes grotesque ways . . . [Gray] takes familiar elements and pushes them toward an eerie, transgressive place . . . This is Gray’s fourth book (and third story collection), and it features the widest stylistic range of any of her books to date. . . Grim, bittersweet . . . comic . . . and emotionally harrowing. The best of Gray’s stories find that balance between devastation and humor and navigate an uneasy territory with agility.“–KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Amelia Gray’s writing makes you feel like you’ve been shot out of a cannon. You’re disoriented, stunned, completely overcome . . . but you’re also flying through the air. Get ready. Gutshot is a book of lit matches.”–LINDSAY HUNTER author of Ugly Girls
“The 38 stories in Gutshot may be short, but they’re also downright haunting. Gray’s characters are often dark, awkward, and funny–a serial vomiter, unlikely conjoined twins–and lurking through desolate landscapes, finding small, strange joys.”–STEPH OPITZ, Literary Director, Texas Book Festival
Here’s a little peak into the mind of Amelia Gray, whose comic timing has been praised by the Texas Oberver. If you can’t make it to the event, you can order a signed, personalized copy of Gutshot. We ship worldwide!
Amelia Gray on THREATS – Process and Inspiration
Curious about large hadron colliders? Here’s Amelia explaining how they work during The Encyclopedia Show, a multi-genre performance on a central theme taken from an ACTUAL encyclopedia.