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Kim Church Reading

Literati is pleased to welcome Kim Church in support of her latest novel, Byrd.

Kim Church’s debut novel, Byrd (Dzanc Books, 2014), has been long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Byrd is the fractured family history of a child secretly given up for adoption. Jill McCorkle says of the book, “Brilliant writing—lively and heartbreaking at every turn.” Kim’s short stories have appeared in ShenandoahPainted Bride QuarterlyMississippi Review, the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. She lives with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski, in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Here's what Sharon had to say:

"Sometimes the consequences of just one experience is like music stuck in your thoughts. Always there, playing in the background even when you want to ignore it. Music and books play a significant role in this debut novel about longing, loss, and occasionally hope. Addie loves books. 'They are more interesting than life and easier to understand.' Roland comes alive when playing his guitar and writing music. No fantasy, this is a story so believable that it could be true. If you've lost or longed for something out of reach then you can relate or at least understand these characters. Very complex interactions are expressed in deceptively sparse prose. This, as it turns out, may be the real strength and gift of Byrd."  

"Brilliant writing - lively and heartbreaking at every turn." - Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life

"Kim Church has created an unforgettable and gripping tale about a young woman's passage to adulthood in a small town in North Carolina in her excellent debut novel, Byrd. There are books we like to read because they provide a window to a world wholly unfamiliar, but there are others like Byrd that give insight into our own lives." - BookPage

"This protagonist is so appealing, with her unflinching moral candor, her mistakes based on generous instincts. The prose is lilting, joyous. This novel--about young lives that start out full of promise, falter, then recover--is a hard luck story that will make you feel good." -- Debra Monroe, author of On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain

"A riveting debut." -- Ron RashNew York Times bestselling author of Serena and Nothing Gold Can Stay

"Addie is a particular woman -- a character that will linger and grow beloved -- but she could also be your sister, your roommate from college, a friend in the neighborhood. ... Kim Church has imagined a world of good people missing the mark as good people sometimes do. They're familiar, a comfort. I will never forget the impact of the final pages." -- Patricia Henley, National Book Award finalist and author of Other Heartbreaks

"A richly layered story that explores motherhood and its attendant relationships in ways that break new ground, both stylistically and thematically. Already recognized for her work in the short story form, Kim Church should gain national attention with this original and important novel." -- Angela Davis-Gardner, author of Butterfly's Child

"Beautiful, dream-like language ... connects us directly with the experience of the characters. It goes right to the heart, without being filtered through the brain, the way a smell connects you to a memory." -- Nancy PeacockNew York Timesnotable author of Life Without Water and The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson


Event date: 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington St.
48104 Ann Arbor