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Author Event - Kara Vernor 'Because I Wanted to Write You A Pop Song'

Join us as Kara Vernor reads from her new collection of stories, "Because I Wanted To Write You A Pop Song."

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Join us as Kara Vernor reads from her new collection of stories, "Because I Wanted To Write You A Pop Song."

Kara Vernor lives in Napa. Her fiction has appeared in Wigleaf, PANK, No Tokens, Hobart, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. She has been a Best Small Fictions finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and is currently an Elizabeth George Foundation scholar. She cohosts Get Lit, a quarterly reading series in Petaluma. Her fiction chapbook, Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song, is now available from Split Lip Press.

The characters in this collection of 21 short fictions hum with restlessness. They pine for lost loves and pop music romances, Hollywood heartthrobs, and sunnier towns. They flee from failed relationships and looming violence, adulthood and other deaths. Written with dark humor and incisive, voice-driven prose, Kara Vernor's stories will stick in your head like a song.

"Kara Vernor's "Because I Wanted To Write You A Pop Song" is hilarious, dark, and beguiling. These wonderful stories crackle with hard-earned wisdom and wit and will, like all the very best songs, become forever etched on your heart." --John Jodzio, author of Knockout

"Reading Kara Vernor is like being in a fast car that reveals the deepest secrets of its passerby. You rubberneck and yearn for more. You're spinning, you're flying, you're exhilarated and sad and brimming with thrill. Hail this book and hold on tight." --Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls 

"Kara Vernor says so much in so few words with these stories that I felt myself becoming a better reader as I read them. Her writing feels like a knife, cutting through so many of the falsehoods of American life and leaving only the truth, somehow leaving it both gently and determinedly at the same time. The stories in Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song do not flinch and do not seem to even remember how." --Siamak Vossoughi, author of Better Than War (winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction)

"The stories in "Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song" dazzle and tenderize. They are strange little worlds that invite you in...Kara Vernor writes with gut, heart, and striking beauty."
--Jensen Beach, author of Swallowed by the Cold