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We curate an events series that puts nationally touring writers in conversation with local Philadelphia writers. All events are free & open to the public. We also host an informal writers happy hour on the third Sunday of each month. Click here for images from our past events.

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Katrina Carrasco in conversation w/ Rose Skelton

  • Giovanni's Room 345 South 12th Street Philadelphia PA 19107 United States (map)

Katrina Carrasco holds an MFA in fiction from Portland State University, where she received the Tom and Phyllis Burnam Graduate Fiction Scholarship and the Tom Doulis Graduate Fiction Writing Award. Her work has appeared in Witness magazine, Post Road MagazineQuaint Magazine, and other journals. The Best Bad Things, published by Farrar, Strausss & Giroux (MCD), in 2018 is her first novel.

“The Best Bad Things follows Alma/Jack’s excesses — sex, violence, booze, opium, greed — in the Washington Territory in the 1880s, where honor among thieves is scarce, but the action scenes (not to mention the sex scenes) are plentiful and crackling with tension.”

Vulture's 10 Best Crime Books of 2018

“Carrasco succeeds in coupling a feminist historical that maintains period plausibility with an exploratory queer narrative rarely seen in the crime genre … Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout.”

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Rose Skelton is currently working on Homescar, a collection of linked short stories set on an island in Scotland, which won the Larry Levis Fellowship for Fiction in 2018. Two of those stories have been published in Four Way Review and Waxwing Magazine, where she is now also the Fiction Editor. She has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Earlier Event: January 20
Blue Stoop January Happy Hour