ROOM 220 will host Anya Groner and Alaskan novelist Brendan Jones on Thursday, September 15, at 7 p.m. at Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude Avenue).
Jones will read from The Alaskan Laundry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). The novel draws on Jones’ real-life experience living and working on an Alaskan tugboat to tell the tale of Tara Marconi, a Philadelphia woman who runs away from the depression and anger that have taken over her life. Jones will also be leading a writing workshop at Antenna on September 17 with an emphasis on putting together a cohesive manuscript. Register here!
Brendan Jones lives on a tugboat in Sitka, Alaska, and works in commercial fishing. A Stegner fellow, he studied and boxed at Oxford University. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Ploughshares, Popular Woodworking, and on NPR.
A resident of New Orleans, Anya Groner teaches creative writing to high school students at the NOCCA (the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts). She is also a fiction editor for Terrain.org and the book review editor for the New Orleans Review. Before getting her MFA, she worked as an educator for Planned Parenthood in Poughkeepsie, New York.