The Regional Writers Series is excited to announce our next visiting writer: Novelist Jessica Anthony! Her newest book, Enter the Aardvark, was released by Little, Brown and Company in March 2020. Her work has been published in numerous venues including Best New American Voices, McSweeney’s, Mid-American Review, and New American Writing. Winner of the Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, the Summer Literary Seminars fiction contest, and past fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among other accomplishments, she currently resides in Portland, Maine.
Check our site for details on how to access Jessica’s virtual workshop (open to all IU East students) and reading (open to everyone) as we get closer to the date, or contact Brian Brodeur at email@example.com for more information on how to attend!
“Like A. S. Byatt with a demented sense of humor…profound and slapsticky, hilarious and depressing at once, Enter the Aardvark is brutally suited to our moment of absurd political theater…Anthony’s approach to Rep. Wilson falls somewhere between Nabokov’s Pnin and Veep…With her huge taxidermy needle, Anthony stitches us into the breast of our nemesis. She wants to see what insights we gain from putting on their skin…It’s a thrilling ride…I’d buy another ticket.”―LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Weird, wonderful, and very much of the moment, Enter the Aardvark is a landmark political novel of the Trump era…With heart and humor, Anthony expertly skewers our current political climate.”―ESQUIRE
“[Enter the Aardvark] holds up a funhouse mirror to our own political media in the age of spin…reminiscent of Joyce’s Dubliners and the later works of T. S. Eliot, the prose quickly transitions into something more modern, but equally ambitious…The book raises some standard commentary about our relationship to politics and the media…but Anthony’s reflection of ourselves goes deeper. This is a world that serves, in some ways, as a salve to readers disgruntled by the last four years.”―LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS