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Roy Kesey on travel and writing
Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House
CHESTERTOWN, MD—World traveler and author Roy Kesey, a Washington College alumnus and the 2015 Sophie Kerr and Rose O’Neill Literary House Writer-in-Residence, will read from his short stories and talk about his travels and writing on Monday, October 12, at 4:30 p.m. at the Lit House, 407 Washington Avenue.
Roy Kesey graduated from Washington College in 1991 with a BA in English. He has since traveled the world, from the coasts of Peru to the flooded military tunnels beneath Beijing, China, and written countless short stories, multiple non-fiction articles, and five books: a guidebook to the historic city of Nanjing, China (Nanjing: A Cultural and Historical Guide), the novels Nothing in the World and Pacazo, and the short story collections All Over and Any Deadly Thing. The stories in Any Deadly Thing, published by Dzanc Books in 2013, were written around the globe over the course of 12 years. Author Elizabeth Crane praised Any Deadly Thing as “Perfect, masterful portraits of an international cross-section of wise, broken souls—hopeful, brutal, funny as hell, and heart-crushing, every last one.”
Kesey’s reading is free and open to the public. He will offer a second talk on November 9 on how writers can make use of dreams in their fiction. That event, “Using Dreams in Narrative: A Craft Talk by Roy Kesey,” is slated for 4:30 at the Lit House.