Reading and Craft Talk: Benjamin Percy

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Author Benjamin Percy will read from his recently released short story collection, SUICIDE WOODS, and talk about the craft of writing.

Date & Time:

Thursday, March 19, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Free and Open to the Public


O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium (Building #5 on campus map)

Benjamin Percy is a versatile and propulsive storyteller whose genre-busting novels and story collections have ranged from literary to thriller to postapocalyptic. In his essay collection, Thrill Me, he laid bare for readers how and why he channels disparate influences in his work. Now, in his first story collection since the acclaimed Refresh, Refresh, Percy brings his page-turning skills to bear in Suicide Woods, a potent brew of horror, crime, and weird happenings in the woods.

A boy in his uncle’s care falls through the ice on a pond and emerges in a frozen, uncanny state. A group of people in therapy for suicidal ideation undergoes a drastic session in the woods with fatal consequences. A body found on a train and a blood-soaked carpet in an empty house are clues to a puzzling crime in a small town. And in a pulse-quickening novella, thrill seekers on a mapping expedition into the “Bermuda Triangle” of remote Alaska are stranded on a sinister island that seems to want them dead.

In story after story, which have appeared in magazines ranging from VQR and Orion to McSweeney’s and Ploughshares, Percy delivers haunting and chilling narratives that will have readers hanging on every word. A master class in suspense and horror, Suicide Woods is a dark, inventive collection packed to the gills with eerie, can’t-miss tales.

Copies of Percy's books will be available for sale and a book signing will immediately follow his reading.

Parking (available for $1.50/hour after 4pm)

Parking on Cleveland Avenue or any other nearby residential streets around campus is not recommended due to a number parking restrictions. Instead, we recommend parking in the following parking lot:

Anderson Parking Facility--located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.

NOTE: Please do not to pull a ticket when entering the parking facility; instead swipe a credit card when driving in and use the same credit card when driving out.

To make an accessibility request, call Disability Resources at (651) 962-6315.