Thursday, March 17, 2011

Solar Anus Reading Series presents Scott McClanahan and Wyatt Williams

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Stories and Stories II by Scot McClanahan
  • Stories and Stories II by Scott McClanahan

Scott McClanahan is a fictional character from West Virginia, but he’s also a real person. His real name is Scott McClanahan, and he’s a writer from West Virginia. Of the stories McClanahan writes, he claims them to be 25 percent true, 37.2 percent real and 62.8 percent fiction; statistics worthy of consideration when he begins a story with, “I’m going to tell you something, I used to hit myself in the face.”

But whether true, real or fictional, McClanahan makes for a great storyteller with his conversational narrative style, which lends a personal touch in his tales of growing up in West Virginia, where his first two books, Stories I and Stories 2 (Six Gallery Press) are set.

When he reads before an audience, McClanahan is easy to follow thanks to his use of language and delivery. Void of theatrics, the author speaks the way you might expect him to talk to you at a bar over drinks and smokes, delivering elements of humor and sadness with ease.

You can catch McClanahan read this Sat., Mar. 19, at Beep Beep Gallery as part of the Solar Anus reading series, alongside Creative Loafing arts writer and Joyland South editor, Wyatt Williams, who will read one of his own short stories.

For more on Scott McClanahan, check out some of his work here. For podcasts of McClanahan’s reading, you can listen on Word Riot and Chicago Now. McClanahan's third book is scheduled for release April 2011.

For a taste of Wyatt William's fiction, check out his short story "People in San Francisco" at Fanzine.

Check out the Facebook event page, here.

Video of McClanahan's last Solar Anus reading in Atlanta, below.

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