Washington, D.C., based novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff will read from her latest novel, Man Alive! at Nightbird Books on Wednesday, March 19, from 7:30-9:30 PM. Zuravleff will give a short reading at 8:15 PM. The story of a child psychiatrist who is struck by lightning, Man Alive! explores with devastating humor and a rare generosity how much we are each allowed to change within a family—and without. The Washington Post called the book “a family novel for smart people,” and named it a 2013 Notable Book. People Magazine praised its “impressive intelligence and sly humor.”
Zuravleff is in Fayetteville as Visiting Writer in the UA Programs in Creative Writing and Translation. She has taught writing at American University, Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University, and she has written and edited extensively for the Smithsonian Institution. She serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is a co-founder of the D.C. Women Writers Group. Her first novel, The Frequency of Souls, was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a beguiling and wildly inventive debut novel,” and The New York Times deemed her second book, The Bowl Is Already Broken, “a tart, affectionate satire of the museum world.” Honors for her work include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award and the James Jones Award.