The World to Come
The World to Come
Stories


Jim Shepard @ Zoetrope Cafe
Zoetrope Cafe, 916 Kearny St San Francisco, CA 94133 (Admission Free), Friday, March 24th, 2017, 3pm

Alfred Knopf in conjunction with City Lights Booksellers and Zoetrope Magazine present

Jim Shepard

celebrating the release of his new collection of stories

The World to Come

published by Knopf

Introduced by Michael Ray, Managing Editor of Zoetrope Magazine

"Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America," according to The Daily Beast, Jim Shepard now delivers a new collection that spans borders and centuries with unrivaled mastery.

These ten stories ring with voices belonging to–among others–English Arctic explorers in one of history's most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly underreported hazards of our crude-oil trains, eighteenth-century French balloonists inventing manned flight, and two mid-nineteenth-century housewives trying to forge a connection despite their isolation on the frontier of settlement. In each case the personal is the political as these characters face everything from the emotional pitfalls of everyday life to historic catastrophes on a global scale. In his fifth collection, Shepard makes each of these wildly various worlds his own, and never before has he delineated anything like them so powerfully.

Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels and four previous story collections. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife, three children, and three beagles. He teaches at Williams College.