Leslie Kirk Campbell in Conversation with Allison Hoover Bartlett

A Man with Eight Pairs of Legs is about the ways our bodies are marked by memory, often literally, and the risky decisions we make when pushed to the extreme. Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, this collection of short stories is a study in compassion and in passion, a must-read for our times.

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PRAISE FOR THE MAN WITH EIGHT PAIRS OF LEGS:

Marvelous…sexy…harrowing.
Anthony Doerr, All the Light You Cannot See & Cloud Cuckoo Land

Compelling…unpredictable….vibrant and vital…a memorable force.
Stuart Dybek, Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories

Hypnotic, strange, and lovely.
Michelle Wildgen, Tin House

 

Leslie Kirk Campbell’s debut short story collection, The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs (Sarabande Books) won the 2020 Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction and will be published February 1, 2022. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Arts & Letters, Briar Cliff Review, Southern Indian Review and The Thomas Wolfe Review. Campbell teaches creative writing at Ripe Fruit Writing, the writing program she founded in Noe Valley as a single mother in 1991. The mother of two grown sons – one born in the bathtub of her rental on Alvarado Street – she is the author of Journey into Motherhood: Writing Your Way to Self-Discovery . She currently lives on Hill Street with her husband and is working on a second collection of short fiction.

Allison Hoover Bartlett is the author of the national bestseller, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession (Riverhead Books). She has written on a variety of topics, including travel, art, science, and education, for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Magazine, and other publications. Her original article on book thief John Gilkey was included in Best American Crime Reporting 2007, and the book was a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. Bartlett is a San Francisco Library Laureate, co-founder of North 24th Writers, and former juror for the California Book Awards. She is currently at work on a novel.

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The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs (Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781946448880
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Published: Sarabande Books - February 1st, 2022

A Man with Eight Pairs of Legs is about the ways our bodies are marked by memory, often literally, and the risky decisions we make when pushed to the extreme. Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, this collection of short stories is a study in compassion and in passion, a must-read for our times.


The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594484810
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 5th, 2010

In the tradition of The Orchid Thief, a compelling narrative set within the strange and genteel world of rare-book collecting: the true story of an infamous book thief, his victims, and the man determined to catch him.