Local author’s Elizabeth McCracken and S. Kirk Walsh shared the virtual stage last week for a celebration of their brand new books, The Souvenier Museum and The Elephant of Belfast. Watch it again now!
Catch a replay of last week’s virtual conversation between Elizabeth McCracken and S. Kirk Walsh–Austinites with new books! McCracken’s The Souvenir Museum is a story collection featuring some her most vibrant and heartrending work to date, while Walsh’s debut novel, The Elephant of Belfast, is a bit of a historical thriller following the vivid and moving true-life story of a young woman zookeeper and the elephant she’s compelled to protect through the German blitz. Both titles are a glimmering display of what the Austin literary community has to offer and the pair’s conversation is even further proof.
You can re-watch the conversation now on our Facebook page. And be sure to grab your own copy of The Souvenir Museum and The Elephant of Belfast (if you haven’t already) from BookPeople. There’s still signed copies available!
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About the authors:
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books, including The Souvenir Museum, Bowlaway, Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize and long-listed for the National Book Award), and The Giant’s House (a National Book Award finalist). Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, won three Pushcart Prizes, a National Magazine Award, and an O. Henry Prize. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.
S. Kirk Walsh is a writer living in Austin, Texas. Her work has been widely published in The New York Times Book Review, Longreads, StoryQuarterly, and Electric Literature, among other publications. Over the years, she has been a resident at Ucross, Yaddo, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Walsh is the founder of Austin Bat Cave, a writing and tutoring center that provides free writing workshops for young writers throughout Austin. The Elephant of Belfast is her first novel.