Fiction at Literati: Gina Sorell with Ian Bassing-thwaighte and Colin Corrigan

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

Literati is pleased to welcome Gina Sorell in support of her debut novel, Mothers and Other Strangers, a Literati staff pick. Gina will be joined for this reading by Ian Bassingthwaighte and Colin Corrigan, graduates of the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program.

About Mothers and Other Strangers: My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted. Thus begins this riveting story of a woman’s quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she suspects are coming from the cult-like spiritual program her mother belonged to, Elsie works to unravel the message her dying mother left for her, a quest that ultimately takes her to the South African family homestead she never knew existed.

Born in South Africa and raised in Canada, Gina Sorell now resides in Toronto, and lives in a world of words. Some of those words are: writer, namer, creative director, artist, daughter, sister, wife and mother. After two decades as a working actor of stage and screen in NYC, LA, and Toronto, Gina decided to return to her first love–writing, and graduated with distinction from UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Gina likes to balance out the long solitary hours of novel writing, with her work as a Creative Director of Eat My Words, a SF based branding firm, where she collaborates all day long with innovators and entrepreneurs whose identity she establishes with only one word, their name. 

Ian Bassingthwaighte was a Fulbright Grantee in Egypt in 2009, where he worked in a legal aid office that served refugees from Iraq, Sudan, and the Horn of Africa. He has been honored with Hopwood Awards for both novel writing and short fiction. He was also named as a finalist for the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. His work has appeared in EsquireNational Geographic, the Chicago TribuneThe SunTin HouseThe Rumpus, and many other publications. His debut novel, Live from Cairo, will be published by Scribner this July.

Colin Corrigan has an MFA in creative writing from the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan, where he won the Delbanco Thesis Prize, and was awarded a Zell Fellowship. Before moving to America he received an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin, and worked for ten years in the Irish television industry. A recipient of funding from the Arts Council of Ireland, short films he wrote and directed have been broadcast on Irish network television and screened internationally at film festivals. His short fiction has appeared in the Irish magazine The Stinging Fly, the UK anthology series The Fiction Desk, and the anthology Surge: New Writing from Ireland, which was published to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of O'Brien Press. He lives with his wife in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is finishing Stop Laughing and Help Me, his first novel.

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ISBN: 9781938849893
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Published: Prospect Park Books - May 2nd, 2017