Hugo Literary Series: The Writing’s on the Wall, Friday, May 20

Posted on May 16, 2016, 12:00 pm
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This Friday’s “The Writing’s on the Wall” will be the last reading held at Hugo House before they vacate the building and move on to a new location. May 20 at 7:30pm, Hugo Literary Series presents the artistic and literary stylings of Jenny Offill, Laura van den Berg, Maged Zaher and Dawn Cerny.

Jenny Offill is the author of two novels: Last Things (1999) and Dept. of Speculation (2014), which was chosen as one of the top ten books of the year by the New York Times Book Review and was shortlisted for the Folio Award, the LA Times Book Award and the Pen/Faulkner Award.

Maged Zaher is the author of Thank You for the Window Office, The Revolution Happened and You Didn’t Call Me, and Portrait for the Poet as an Engineer. His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry have appeared in Jacket magazine and Banipal.

Dawn Cerny is a visual artist local to Seattle who works in a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, and performance. Her projects have been shown at numerous venues, including On the Boards and Henry Art Gallery, among others.

Indie lit fans on twitter and the world over know the name Laura van den Berg. I wrote her a fan email maybe five years ago or more about how much I loved her story about a woman who dressed up as Bigfoot for a job and how that job was a metaphor for her existential pain. (She wrote a very nice reply.) Today, she’s the author of the novel Find Me and the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth—and she’s reading at the Hugo House’s last ever literary series in their old building (whose walls are literally covered in writing from a party on May 7)!

Hugo House invites you to stick around after the reading to have a drink and mingle with the artists.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online for $25, ($10 students, $20 for Hugo House members).

Hugo Literary Series: The Writing’s on the Wall

When: Friday, May 20, 7:30-9:30pm

Where: Hugo House (1634 11th Ave.)


Molly Laich is a writer and media fan. You can find her at and and on twitter @MollyL