5/4 Catherine Gammon & Barbara Edelman

Fiction writer Catherine Gammon and poet Barbara Edelman will read and discuss their work in a celebration of their latest books.

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Join Riverstone Books for a literary evening featuring two of Pittsburgh's stunning wordsmiths, Catherine Gammon and Barbara Edelman.

Catherine Gammon's new novel The Martyrs, the Lovers circles the mysteries surrounding Jutta Carroll's death, all the while exploring the forces and motivations that drive political passion and activism, and the counterforces, material and psychological, that constantly threaten progress.

Barbara Edelman's most recent collection, All the Hanging Wrenches, is a book of poems that embody quiet triumph, with great good humor and sadness in equal portion. Edelman’s delight in wordplay is contagious. Time and the boundaries of memory are fluid amid adventures, reflection, and the glorious contradictions that are real life.

Catherine Gammon is author of the novel The Martyrs, The Lovers, and a new collection, The Gunman and the Carnival, forthcoming from Baobab Press in 2024. Catherine’s previous novels are China Blue, Sorrow, and Isabel Out of the Rain. Her fiction has received support from the NEA, NYFA, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others, and has appeared in literary magazines for many years. From 1992 through 2000, Catherine taught in the MFA writing program of the University of Pittsburgh, before leaving for residential Zen training at San Francisco Zen Center, where she was ordained a priest in 2005. She lives again in Pittsburgh, with her garden and her cat.

Barbara Edelman is the author of two full-length poetry collections, All the Hanging Wrenches and Dream of the Gone-From City, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and of the poetry chapbooks Exposure and A Girl in Water. Some journals in which her poems and short prose have appeared include Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Spillway, and Arts & Letters. Her work has been recognized by a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts individual artist’s grant in poetry. She teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Martyrs, the Lovers By Catherine Gammon Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781942797333
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: 55 Fathoms Publishing LLC - March 1st, 2023

The Martyrs, The Lovers circles the mysteries surrounding Jutta Carroll's death--probing her origin story, the rise to personal political stardom, and the fall into anxiety and public decline--all the while exploring the forces and motivations that drive political passion and activism, and the counterforces, material and psychological, that constantly threaten progress.


All the Hanging Wrenches (Carnegie Mellon University Press Poetry Series ) By Barbara Edelman Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780887486821
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carnegie Mellon University Press - December 20th, 2022

A book of poems that embody quiet triumph.

In the wry and tender poems of Barbara Edelman’s All the Hanging Wrenches, we encounter creatures both wild and domestic; family, friends, strangers, and history, all deftly transfigured through poignant turns of phrase. Edelman’s delight in wordplay is contagious.