Curious Things: A Flash Fiction Collection @North

photograph of the author and image of the book cover
January 20, 2018 - 2:00pm-3:30pm 

Hope Silver (real name Nadezhda Serebrennikova) was born in 1977 in Тоmsk, Russia. She started her writing career as a journalist in St. Petersburg. Having moved to Berkeley, California in November 2013, Hope is now an active blogger and fiction writer. Her first novel, Born Against All Odds (winner of several international writing competitions), was originally published in Russian in 2013.

Hope will be presenting her debut book in English, entitled Curious Things – a collection of flash fiction, translated by Krystyna Steiger (Canada) and published in 2017 by Thurston Howl Publications (USA).

“Curious Things reveals the hidden lives and innermost thoughts of inanimate objects, giving the gift of emotion and meaning to even the most mundane items people use every day. Among the colorful cast of characters in this collection of flash fiction are a doll with a broken heart, an elevator who acts as a matchmaker, and a video-camera who thinks she was Alfred Hitchcock in a past life. At times poignant, at times silly, but always quirky and clever, Curious Things may cause you to think differently about the sponges in your sink, the sneakers on the telephone line, or the plastic bags drifting across the highway. Like Thomas M. Disch’s The Brave Little Toaster, Curious Things lends humanity and dignity to inhuman things that are so often taken for granted.”
(Amy Fontaine, author of MIST)

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