Mike Scalise will read from his new book, The Brand New Catastrophe, at the Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Scalise will be in conversation with Nate Brown, author and professor at George Washington University.
About The Brand New Catastrophe: Raucous family memoir meets medical adventure in this heartfelt, hilarious book exploring the public and private theaters of illness. After a tumor bursts in Mike Scalise’s brain, leaving him with a hole in the head and malfunctioning hormones, he must navigate a new, alien world of illness maintenance. His mother, who has a chronic heart condition and a flair for drama, becomes a complicated model as she competes with him for the status of "best sick person." The Brand New Catastrophe is a moving, funny exploration of how we define ourselves by the stories we choose to tell.
Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, and other places. He’s an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. His memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, was the recipient of The Center for Fiction's 2014 Christopher Doheny Award.
Nate Brown is a Baltimore based fiction writer and editor whose stories have appeared in the Iowa Review,Mississippi Review, Five Chapters and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Vermont Studio Center, the Ucross Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council. He’s the managing editor of American Short Fiction magazine, and he teaches composition and creative writing at Stevenson University in Maryland and at the George Washington University in Washington, DC