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Lit House Press Launches Magruder’s “Worth Our Breath” as Chapbook

  • The book is illustrated by Stuart Cawley.
    The book is illustrated by Stuart Cawley.
  • James Magruder, author of "Worth Our Breath."
    James Magruder, author of "Worth Our Breath."

Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House

October 06, 2015
The darkly funny short story, illustrated by Chestertown-based artist Stuart Cawley, takes place in Baltimore. The launch event is Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 6, at the Lit House.

CHESTERTOWN, MD—On Tuesday, October 6, the Literary House Press will launch its newest book, Worth Our Breath, a darkly funny short story written by Baltimore-based author, translator, and playwright James Magruder, and illustrated by Chestertown artist Stuart Cawley.  At the launch event, to be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Rose O’Neill Literary House, 407 Washington Avenue, Magruder will sign books and read from this new, limited-edition letterpress chapbook. 

Magruder’s new book, which was hand-tinted by students and the staff of the Literary House over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year, is a poignant story about how other people’s choices can make us question our own, how difficult commitment can be even for the most dedicated couples, and how sometimes an old, stained mattress can outlast a friendship. Jim Dissette, a 1971 graduate of Washington College, designed and printed the book. Despite the story’s dark tones, Worth Our Breath can be seen as a love letter to the city of Baltimore. 

James Magruder is the author of Sugarless (University of Wisconsin Press), a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His first story collection, Let Me See It, was published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2014. His translations and interpretations of Molière, Marivaux, Lesage, Labiche, Gozzi, Hofmannsthal, and Giraudoux have been produced across the country. He taught translation and adaptation at the Yale School of Drama for many years and currently teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College. 

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Worth Our Breath will be available for sale in a paperback version and a deluxe collectors’ edition. For more information on James Magruder, visit his website at http://www.jamesmagruder.com/.  To read more about how Worth Our Breath was created, visit the Lit House blog, which is linked from the Lit House website: http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/


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