Elwin Cotman — Weird Black Girls: Stories - with Reggie Bailey — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event is in partnership with the Washington Literacy Center.

A rural town finds itself under the authoritarian sway of a tree that punishes children. A pair of old friends navigate their fraught history as strange happenings escalate in a Mexican restaurant. A pair of narcissistic friends wreak havoc on an activist community. An aloof young man finds himself living through his lover's memories. And a day of LARPing takes a cosmic turn.

In each of the seven stories in this collection, characters pursue their obsessions on paths to glory and destruction while around them their worlds twist and warp, oscillating between reality and impossibility. On display throughout is Cotman's ability to reveal truths about the human experience--about friendship, love, betrayal, bitterness--through whimsy, horror, and fantasy. Elegiac in tone, imaginative and humorous in their execution, the character-driven stories in Weird Black Girls challenge, incite, and entertain.

Elwin Cotman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the post-industrial landscape greatly influenced his love for myth and adventure. He is the author of three prior collections of speculative short stories: The Jack Daniels Sessions EP, Hard Times Blues, and Dance on Saturday, which was a finalist of the Philip K. Dick Award. Cotman holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA from Mills College.

Cotman will be in conversation with Reggie Bailey, the Co-Founder, Executive Producer & Co-host of Books Are Pop Culture. The creator of 10 Books 10 Decades—The Biggest Book Challenge. He is a literary citizen who believes that books should occupy the same space in our cultural lexicon as film, television, music, video games & fashion.

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
Weird Black Girls: Stories By Elwin Cotman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668018859
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - April 16th, 2024