Monday, February 8th: Josh Wagner reads from his collection of short works Nothing in Mind, joined by Shawn Mihalik, reading from his novella The Assured Expectations of Things Hoped For. 6 pm.
The Independent hails Nothing in Mind as "Light as air and deadly serious."
This collection of stories, poems, and essays combine many of Wagner’s most penetrating short works with a handful of new and previously unpublished pieces, including:
- A secret mythology of American pioneers.
- The tale of a suicidal dragon who makes a remarkable self-discovery.
- A play about a man digging up the bones of his old partner.
- The quest of a fake Jehovah’s Witness who goes door to door to find a friend
- A fable about a moon full of water.
- The saga of a simple man who decides he no longer needs to breathe.
Along with essays on inspiration and courageous living, short fiction that is surreal, whimsical, and sometimes horrific, poems of nature, passion, justice, and more…
Josh Wagner is the author of six books: Nothing in Mind, Shapes the Sunlight Takes, Mystery Mark, Smashing Laptops, Deadwind Sea, and The Adventures of the Imagination of Periphery Stowe. Josh first moved to Missoula in 1994, and has been coming and going ever since. Wherever he travels, the road eventually tends to lead him home. This March he's flying off to Ireland and Japan to write and teach. He hasn't even left yet and he's already excited to get back.
When the beliefs of your parents are thrust upon you, where is the line between self-discovery and betrayal? What does it mean to have faith? And is faith ever worth abandoning?
In this novella from the author of Brand-Changing Day and Particles, young Kristy Kelly is forced to confront these questions. But like all answers, the ones Kristy finds come with consequences. And while watching the events of Kristy’s life unfold, a young man in her community wonders if asking questions just isn’t worth it after all.
Shawn Mihalik was born in San Diego, California, in 1990, where he lived until age seven. He was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and left the religion when he was twenty-two.
In high school, he won several awards both as a writer for and editor-in-chief of his student newspaper, prompting him to study journalism before deciding that his passion for writing was better directed toward fiction.
He is the author of four books: The Flute Player, Brand-Changing Day, Particles, and The Assured Expectation of Things Hoped For. He is the editor-in-chief of Asymmetrical Press, a publishing company for the indie at heart.
Shawn currently lives in Helena, MT, with his wife and their cats Oliver and Worf.