Jaimee Wriston Colbert
Thursday, October 14, 2010
7pm – 8pm
Book Reading and Signing
Shark Girls is about two women whose lives are transformed by a shark attack that amputates a child's leg. It is alternately narrated by Scat, the older sister of the victim, now a reformed drunk and a disaster photographer, and by Gracie, a casualty of a disfiguring accident, who becomes obsessed with Shark Girl, as the younger sister is known, for Shark Girl is rumored to have supernatural powers. At the beginning of the novel, Shark Girl has disappeared.
Publisher: Livingston Press
Pre-Order Shark Girls from Amazon and get it signed on October 14, 2010 at Africa House, 50 Washington Avenue, Endicott, NY.
Jaimee Wriston Colbert
Professor of English and Creative Writing
Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of a new novel, Shark Girls (2009, Livingston Press), which earned a starred review in Booklist; a linked stories collection, Dream Lives of Butterflies (2007, BkMk Press), which won the gold medal (first place) in the 2008 Independent Publisher Awards in the Short Stories Fiction category, and was a Finalist in the USABookNews Best Books of 2007 Awards and the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards; the novel, Climbing the God Tree (1998, Helicon Nine Editions), winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, and the short stories collection Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile (1994, Zephyr), winner of the Zephyr Publishing Prize.
A recent story won the 2008 Jane’s Stories National Short Story Award, and another was chosen for the 2009 Editors’ Fiction Prize in Isotope. Her stories have been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize, twice selected as a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, and have been published in numerous journals, including: TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Tampa Review, Connecticut Review, New Letters, Green Mountains Review, Snake Nation Review, Louisiana Literature, and Rosebud.
Several stories have been broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts." She has had stories anthologized in Ohio Short Fiction, and Peculiar Pilgrims - Stories From the Left Hand of God, and a story presented at the 2007 Boston Fiction Festival, and performed throughout Maine by PCA Great Performances.
Excerpts from her stories along with interviews can be listened to at various NPR affiliate radio station websites, and New Letters On The Air. Originally from Hawaii, she is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing.