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Freaks and Geeks (and Short Stories)



Misfits and Other Heroes
By Suzanne Burns
Dzanc Books

First off, we'll make no effort to hide the fact that local author Suzanne Burns is a contributor to this publication. You might remember her pieces on playing Bunco, traveling to Mitchell and you'll soon read about her experiences with psychics in an upcoming issue. But there's a good chance that your first exposure to Burns' writing came in the form of an excerpt of her quirky short story, "Tiny Ron," which took the top prize in the 2008 Source fiction contest.

Now, that short story - a woman's narrative of life married to the world's smallest man - appears in the aptly titled Misfits and Other Heroes, a collection of 14 short stories, all of which share the same whimsical quirkiness of "Tiny Ron." Throughout these stories, Burns weaves a collection of often-outlandish characters into fluid narratives that allow us to believe the tiny worlds she so meticulously creates. Each story is focused on wildly interesting characters, as evidenced by the soap opera star turned kidnapper in "Bittersweet" and the baking-obsessed copy editor in "Domestic Arts."

The book is Burns' first short fiction collection, but she has previously published collections of poetry as well as chapbooks. You can see her stories come to life on Thursday, July 9 at Between the Covers, where she'll be reading from and signing (if you're really nice to her) Misfits and Other Heroes. Also appearing at the reading is Matt Love, author of Super Sunday in Newport.

Suzanne Burns, Matt Love
7pm, Thursday July 9. Between the Covers Books, 645 NW Delaware St.

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