Functionally Literate pairs local writer Kristen Arnett with lauded up-and-comer Matthew Salesses

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FuncLit is back with its first event of 2016, and it’s a doozy.

Matthew Salesses has five published books to his name – Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist) called his recent novel, The Hundred-Year Flood, “epic and devastating and full of natural majesty” – as well as writing for basically your whole morning blogroll: Salon, The Toast, The Millions, The Rumpus, NPR’s Code Switch and the New York Times’ Motherlode. We presume he’ll be reading from one or both of his upcoming books: an essay collection, Own Story, and a novel, The Murder of the Doppelgänger, are TK in 2016/2017.



As for local writer Kristen Arnett, well, we can’t decide between her essay “The Body, Forever” (on Burrow Press Review) and her flash-fiction “How to Eat Chicken Wings” (in the Guardian) to nominate as the most electrifying thing we read last year. So we pick both. Go get lit!

7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 | Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. | functionallyliterate.org | free


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