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Reading & Craft Talk with Lucian Childs

October 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

49 Writers Presents: Reading and Craft Talk Featuring Lucian Childs

Please join us for an evening with Lucian Childs. In addition to hearing him read from his debut novel, Dreaming Home, we’ll talk craft, discuss some of the LGBTQ issues that informed the book, and hear his take on being a debut author and a septuagenarian.

James Hoagland, Director of Client Resources and Southeast Programs for Four A’s will be on hand to talk about the work he does around the issues of living with HIV/AIDS, HIV prevention, housing and homelessness, queer health and harm-reduction.

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 6:00-7:30PM
The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Cafe
3956 Spenard Rd., Anchorage

Lucian Childs is a fiction writer whose debut work, Dreaming Home (2023), was published to critical acclaim by Biblioasis. He was a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Grant awardee, a Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and an artist-in-residence at Byrdcliffe Art Colony and Artscape Gibraltar Point. He was a contributing editor of Lambda Literary finalist, Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry. His stories and reviews have appeared in the literary journals Grain, The Puritan, Cirque and Prairie Fire, among others. A twenty-five-year resident of Anchorage, he now lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, please visit www.lucianchilds.com.

What people are saying about Dreaming Home
“Eminently accomplished, [and] often deliciously droll … The novel asks provocative questions: At what age are we wholly accountable for our actions? To what degree do we hold a traumatized person responsible for perpetuating harm?”
-Kia Corthron, The New York Times

“A queer coming-of-age story for the ages.”
-The Southern Bookseller Review

“In elegant, emotionally resonant prose, Childs creates a nuanced and sensitive portrait of a life shaped by loss, abandonment, and generational trauma.”
-Quill & Quire

This event is free and open to the public.

Suggested donation: $20
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October 19, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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