Live From Prairie Lights: Bennett Sims

September 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Bennett Sims will read from his new collection of stories, White Dialogues.

A house-sitter alone in a cabin in the woods comes to suspect that the cabin may need to be "unghosted." A raconteur watches as his life story is rewritten on an episode of This American Life. And in the collection's title story, a Hitchcock scholar sitting in on a Vertigo lecture is gradually driven mad by his own theory of cinema. Sims moves from slow-burn psychological horror to playful comedy, bringing us into the minds of people who are haunted by their environments, obsessions, and doubts.

Bennett Sims is the author of the novel A Questionable Shape, winner of the 2014 Bard Fiction Prize. His fiction has appeared in A Public Space, Conjunctions, Electric Literature, Tin House, and Zoetrope: All-Story. He is teaching fiction writing this semester at the Writers’ Workshop.

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