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Amelia Gray

Award-winning author with knack for surreal to read from new novel on Oct. 8 at Gage

Posted: 09/20/2012
Amelia Gray, author of AM/PM and Museum of the Weird, which received the Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize, will read from her debut novel, Threats, at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 in Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

A Tuscon, Ariz., native now living in Los Angeles, Gray’s writing has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, McSweeney’s and DIAGRAM, among others.

 Published in February 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Threats presents imagery, characters and a plot that have been called “disturbed,” “off-kilter” and “drawn in unnervingly detached detail” by the Los Angeles Times.  The book follows David, a dentist who lost his practice due to a malpractice suit, as he searches for the cause of his wife’s unexpected and untimely death. The best clues for explaining the death come from a series of elaborate and escalating threats that are hidden in strange places around his home.

“Minding my own business one morning, I had a vivid thought of a woman standing at the bottom of a set of stairs, her legs covered in blood, holding the stair rail,” Gray says, describing her inspiration for a novel that the Times has compared to the work of award-winning film director David Lynch.

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at Roosevelt University, the Gray reading is free and open to the public. It kicks off a semester of readings and appearances by a number of guest writers who will read this fall and in the spring in Roosevelt’s Gage Gallery.

To learn more about Gray and her work, visit For further details on the reading series, contact Peggy Shinner, or visit the Creative Writing Program’s blog at