Rita Bullwinkel w/ Maurice Ruffin at Octavia Books

Octavia Books hosts Rita Bullwinkel w/ Maurice Ruffin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at their storefront (513 Octavia Street). The event celebrates the release of Bullwinkel’s Belly Up.

Reading, conversation, with a book-signing to follow.

Free & open to the public.

In Rita Bullwinkel‘s debut collection, BELLY UP (out from A Strange Object on May 8th), we find ghosts, mediums, a lover obsessed with the sound of harps tuning, teenage girls who believe they are actually plants, gulag prisoners who outsmart a terrible warden, and carnivorous churches. Throughout these grotesque and tender stories, characters question the bodies they’ve been given and what their bodies require to be sustained.