The Southbury Public Library is proud to host author Xhenet Aliu on Saturday, March 9th at 1pm in the Kingsley room as part of the Lu Burke Literary Series. Ms. Aliu will talk about Brass, a fierce debut novel about mothers and daughters, haves and have-nots, and the stark realities behind the American Dream. Told in equally gripping parallel narratives with biting wit and grace, Brass announces a fearless new voice with a timely, tender, and quintessentially American story.
Xhenet Aliu’s novel, Brass, was published by Random House in January 2018 and was long-listed for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Book Prize. Her debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. Aliu’s writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, Hobart, American Short Fiction, Lenny, LitHub, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere, and she has received multiple scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, among other awards, including a special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology.
A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, whose brass industry attracted large waves of Eastern European immigrants before the demise of the factories in the 1970s and ’80s, she was born to an Albanian father and a Lithuanian American mother. She now lives in Athens, Georgia, and works as an academic librarian and creative writing instructor.
Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Registration is required. Call the library at 203-262-0626 ext. 130
This special event is sponsored by the Library Gift Fund.
Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.