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What Is a Short-Story Cycle, Why Write One, and How? With Author Laura Bonazzoli

Tuesday, July 9 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

Recently, Morgan Talty, author of Night of the Living Rez, gave a shout-out to short-story cycles on Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling, noting that they’re an increasingly popular genre of fiction. But why? What exactly is a short-story cycle? What are its characteristics? As compared to a traditional short-story collection or novel, what advantages—and challenges—might it hold for readers? And if you’re intrigued by the possibility of writing one, how might you begin? 

Join Rockport author Laura Bonazzoli to explore this fascinating genre. Laura will also read excerpts from her own short-story cycle, Consecration Pond, which was described by Publishers Weekly as poetic and haunting, “a solid, meditative collection of interconnected short stories that weave together seemingly disparate narratives into a satisfying and cohesive whole.” Consecration Pond was published by indie press Toad Hall Editions in August 2022, and is available at local bookstores, directly from the publisher at toadhalleditions.ink, and as an e-book for Kindle readers at Amazon.com. Signed copies of Consecration Pond will also be available at the event. 

Laura Bonazzoli’s fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Evening Street Review, Exposition Review, The Sandy River Review, and many others. She has also published poetry and personal essays in literary magazines and anthologies. After the publication of her short stories “Prayer of the Bell” and “Spring Ice,” she began working on a collection of linked stories of loss and resilience that all take place on a fictional pond in Maine. That collection became the short-story cycle, Consecration Pond

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