Garnett Kilberg Cohen at The Learned Owl [11/17]
Join Learned Owl Book Shop in welcoming author Garnett Kilberg Cohen on Friday November 17 from 4:30-6:30pm*. Garnett will be signing her book of stories, Cravings.
* Please note the different date and time for this event
Starting with “Hors d’oeuvres” and finishing with a “Feast,” these stories pulse with longing, missed opportunities, recriminations, and joy. Garnett Kilberg Cohen leads readers through acutely crafted explorations of the way events shape and change our lives, sometimes for the better and sometimes in ways that haunt us forever. Love, friendship, childhood, parenthood, and leaving home—all these experiences of desire, driven by the unrelenting passage of time—form the heart of this charismatic collection.
These captivating and vulnerable characters often recognize their shortcomings and past mistakes, but cannot always rise above them. One woman learns to forgive her husband’s ex; another fears her love of salty snacks caused a family tragedy. A stoic rural community drives a newcomer out of town; a young man’s entire life is colored by a traumatic childhood event at a zoo. Focusing on the specific, unforgettable moments that reveal our connections to one another, Cravings offers an expansive vision of humanity that lingers.
- University of Wisconsin
Garnett Kilberg Cohen is the author of four story collections: Cravings (October 2023); Lost Women, Banished Souls; How We Move the Air; and Swarm to Glory. Her chapbook, Passion Tour, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker online, Rumpus, The Gettysburg Review, Witness, The Literary Review, StoryQuarterly, The Antioch Review and elsewhere, and she has been the recipient of many awards including a 2022 Curt Johnson award from december magazine, the Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize, The Lawrence Foundation Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, and four Illinois Arts Council Awards, as well as two Notable Essay citations from Best American Essays. A former fiction editor at The Pennsylvania Review and Hotel Amerika, Garnett has also been an editor at Another Chicago Magazine, The South Loop Review, Punctuate, A Nonfiction Journal, and a guest editor at Fifth Wednesday.
Opening with “Hors d’oeuvres” and closing with a “Feast,” the stories in Cravings pulse with longing, missed opportunities, recriminations, and joy. Garnett Kilberg Cohen leads readers through acutely crafted explorations of the way events shape and change our lives, sometimes for the better and sometimes in ways that haunt us forever.