Irreversible Things

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“Irreversible Things” by Lisa Von Orman Hadley, winner of the 2019 Howling Bird Press Fiction Prize, is available in the Augsburg bookstore and online through Small Press Distribution ( beginning November 12, 2019. Congratulations to students in the MFA program’s Publishing Concentration on the release of this book.

From a review by Columbia Journal: “From the time we are young, we ask questions about the stories we are told. We want to know, sometimes even demand to know: Is this a true story? What really happened? And if presented with the ambiguous “based on a true story” explanation, we might find ourselves asking: Then which parts of it were real? But are these earnest questions foundational to the way we conceptualize stories, or is this impulse a pesky side effect of the way we are taught to think and categorize narratives?”

From Forward Reviews: “Thoughtful and funny, Irreversible Things plays with the forms of short stories, novels, and memoirs, resulting in hybrid text that articulates change across a lifetime.”

Howling Bird Press is the publishing house of Augsburg’s MFA in Creative Writing and is staffed by students enrolled in the Publishing Concentration of our MFA program. Led by Jim Cihlar, who has years of experience as managing editor, poetry editor, and director of marketing and sales at such presses as Milkweed Editions, Coffee House Press, and New Rivers Press, the Publishing Concentration students handle all the work of running a press, including acquisitions, editing, graphic design, production, marketing, and distribution.

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