Tupelo Hassman: Reading Between the Wines
Tupelo Hassman will visit Hub City Bookshop for our Reading Between the Wine series on Thursday, August 15th, at 6pm to discuss her novel gods with a little g.
From the acclaimed author of girlchild, this gritty, irreverent novel sees a young misfit grow into hope.
Rosary, California, is not an easy place to grow up, particularly without a mom. So cut off from the rest of the world that even the Internet is blocked, Rosary is a town run by evangelicals but named by Catholics (and the evangelicals aren’t particularly happy about that). It’s a town on very formal relations with its neighbors, one that doesn’t have much traffic in or out and that boasts an oil refinery as well as a fairly sizable population of teenagers.
For Helen and her friends, the Tire Yard, sex, and beer are the best ways to pass the days until they turn eighteen and can leave town entirely. Her best friends, Win and Rainbolene, late arrivals to Rosary, are particularly keen to depart—Rain because she’ll finally be able to get the hormones she needs to fully become herself. Watching over them is Aunt Bev, an outcast like the kids, who runs the barely tolerated Psychic Encounter Shoppe. As time passes, though, tensions build for everyone and threats against the Psychic Encounter Shoppe become serious actions. In Tupelo Hassman's gods with a little g, these flawed, lovable characters discover aspects of each other's hearts that reshape how they think about trust and family, and how to make a future you can see.
Tupelo Hassman's debut novel, girlchild, is the recipient of the American Library Association's ALEX Award. Her short fiction, Breast Milk, won Quiet Lightning's inaugural chapbook competition. She is the recipient of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, and is the first American to win London's Literary Death Match. Her second novel, gods with a little g, is forthcoming from FSG in August of 2019.
Tupelo’s work has been anthologized in 100WordStory's Nothing Short Of 100 and in Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing By Your Favorite Authors). Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Harper's Bazaar, The Independent, The Portland Review, Imaginary Oklahoma, and ZYZZYVA, among others.
Tupelo teaches at Santa Monica College and California State University, East Bay, and lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and their two sons, Tupelo’s brother, Daniel, Blaschko the dog, Pekoe and Smokey the cats, and a 7-foot tall dancing wooden pig named Theo.