Open Book On Location – Episode 6

Aimee Bender met for a virtual conversation with fellow authors Rufi Thorpe and Kevin Wilson to discuss the magic of magical realism, their writing processes, and the human side of their fantastical characters.

Open Book On Location – Episode 6

Session Description

Magical Realism Authors Aimee Bender, Rufi Thorpe, and Kevin Wilson in conversation.

Aimee Bender

2013 & 2020 Moderator

Aimee Bender is the author of six books: her most recent novel, The Butterfly Lampshade, published July 2020, which Publisher’s Weekly called “an astounding meditation on time, space, mental illness, and family”, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt a NY Times Notable BookAn Invisible Sign of My Own an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable Book for 2013. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and teaches creative writing at USC.

Rufi Thorpe

2017 & 2020 Author

Rufi Thorpe grew up in Southern California, whose people, coast lines and real estate listings continue to obsess her. After graduating from Eugene Lang College, she spent some time as a waitress at a poorly run French café before she was accepted as a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia’s MFA program. Years of incredibly depressing waitressing followed before she sold her first novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar, long-listed for the Dylan Thomas and Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Thorpe’s latest novel, The Knockout Queen, was an Indie Next Pick and a Book of the Month, published in April 2020. She lives with her husband, two sons and insane dog in Los Angeles.


Kevin Wilson

2020 Author

Kevin Wilson is the author of two collections, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, which received an Alex Award from the American Library Association and the Shirley Jackson Award, and Baby You’re Gonna Be Mine, and three novels, The Family FangPerfect Little World, and Nothing to See Here. His fiction has appeared in PloughsharesTin House, One StoryA Public Space, and has appeared in four volumes of the New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best anthology as well as The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee with his family and is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Sewanee: The University of the South.

Produced in partnership with the Altadena Library District

Produced in partnership with the Altadena Library District

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