Trinity College English Department Hosts a Reading by Author Kelly Link

Pulitzer Prize Finalist Takes Part in the Allan K. Smith Reading Series

Kelly LinkHartford, Connecticut, November 15, 2016 – The Allan K. Smith Reading Series hosted Pulitzer Prize finalist author Kelly Link on Thursday, November 3. Link read an excerpt from “I Can See Right Through” from her short story collection Get In Trouble, which was named one of the 10 best fiction books of the year by Time magazine in 2015. The offbeat ghost story is about an estranged celebrity couple who remained friends long after they were originally paired in a vampire movie that made them famous. The narrative follows the former couple as they cross paths in Florida while filming a TV show about ghost hunting.

Trinity College Assistant Professor of English Ethan Rutherford introduced Link before she began her reading. Rutherford, who is a fan of Link’s short stories, said, “Because you’ve read Kelly Link … your sense of how the world operates, or could operate, has been put on permanent slant. That’s how these stories work on me, at least, and I read Kelly Link when I want to remember what it’s like to be open to the strangeness of the world.”

The reading was followed by a Q&A and a book-signing, where Link encouraged those who had not asked questions to reach out to her on Twitter. Link explained that her chosen medium has always held a special appeal to her. “Short stories are one of my favorite things to read and write – my focus is better over a shorter period of time,” she said. “When I start writing a story, I always know what I want the ending to be.”

Students and faculty appreciated Link’s insight into her craft of writing. Maggie MacLennan ’17 said, “Listening to Link read and answer questions was extremely beneficial to me as someone who has read a handful of her stories in my Creative Writing Seminar. Her stories fall under the genre of magical realism, which combines aspects of reality with non-reality. Listening to Kelly Link read them in her own voice helped me to comprehend the stories in all of their complexity.”

Link is the author of four story collections, the most recent of which, Get in Trouble, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories, and she has co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Link was the third reader in the Fall 2016 Allan K. Smith Reading Series. The next two readings will be on Tuesday, November 15, by Mary Ruefle and on Thursday, December 8, by Paul Yoon. All readings take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Admissions Grand Room on the Trinity College campus.

Written by Catie Currie ’17