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Hugo Literary Series: Ottessa Moshfegh, Leni Zumas, and Laura Da’

February 12, 2021 at 6:00 PM PST

After a year of isolation and infection, of “fake news” and challenges to democracy, of wildfires and superstorms, of violence and racial injustice, one question keeps coming to mind: If these aren’t apocalyptic times, then what are?

For this season’s Hugo Literary Series, we’re going all in on Apocalypse. Over four nights this spring, twelve writers and four musicians will explore all things calamitous, presenting new work themed on, what else, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Conquest, War, Famine, and Death. So embrace your inner mayhem and snag a ticket to the hottest—and most disastrous—show in town.

“Imagine a famine. Now imagine a piece of bread.” ―Margaret Atwood

We’re opening our season with the Black Horse, who represents famine. And isn’t this a good time to imagine hungers of all kinds, after a year of being starved for contact, ravenous for attention? Join us as four brave artistsOttessa Moshfegh, Leni Zumas, Laura Da’, and Sadie Dupuis of Sad13present famines of the heart, of the soul, and, yes, of the body.

All Hugo Literary Series events this season will take place online. Tickets cost $15 general admission, $12 for members. We also have a $5 option for students or anyone who is financially disadvantaged. If you are viewing in a larger group, or if you would like to contribute more, you can purchase tickets at the Patron level. Tickets can be purchased at the bottom of the page.

This event will take place via CrowdCast, Pacific Time.

For tickets to all four Hugo Literary Series events, purchase a series pass here.

About the Performers

Photo by Jake Belcher

Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Death in Her Hands, her second and third novels, were New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World and a novella, McGlue. She lives in southern California.

Photo by Sophia Shalmiyev

Leni Zumas‘s national bestselling novel Red Clocks (Little, Brown) won the Oregon Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and Dartmouth’s Neukom Award for Speculative Fiction. The novel was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was named a Best Book of 2018 by the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Entropy, and the New York Public Library. Vulture called it one of the 100 Most Important Books of the 21st Century So Far. Zumas is also the author of the novel The Listeners (Tin House) and the story collection Farewell Navigator (Open City). Her work has appeared in Granta, the Times Literary Supplement, Guernica, BOMB, the Cut, and elsewhere. She has received grants and fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Zumas lives in Oregon and directs the creative writing program at Portland State University.

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She is the author of Tributaries, winner of the American Book Award, and Instruments of the True Measure, winner of the Washington State Book Award. Da’ lives near Seattle with her husband and son and is a writer-in-residence at Hugo House.

Sadie Dupuis is the Philadelphia-based guitarist, songwriter & singer of rock band Speedy Ortiz, as well as the producer & multi-instrumentalist behind pop project Sad13. Sadie heads the record label Wax Nine and edits its literary journal, and her poetry has been published in outlets including Rolling Stone, Jubilat, and Sixth Finch. She holds an MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst, where she also taught writing. Mouthguard, her first book, was published in 2018 (Gramma, Black Ocean), and her most recent album is Sad13’s Haunted Painting (2020).


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