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Olga Zilberbourg and Nancy Au in Conversation

Please join Olga Zilberbourg and Nancy Au, authors of LIKE WATER AND OTHER STORIES and SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES, who will be in conversation about their new books recently launched by Why There Are Words Press and Acre Books. Q&A and signing to follow.


OLGA ZILBERBOURG is the author of three Russian-language story collections, the most recent of which was published in Moscow in 2016. Her English- language fiction and criticism have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Common, and Electric Literature. Born in Leningrad, USSR, she came of age during the country’s disintegration, when the fall of the Iron Curtain created unprecedented travel and educational opportunities. Among the first in a wave of post-Soviet youth to study abroad and in the United States, Zilberbourg attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Goethe Institute in Germany, and the San Francisco State University, where she earned an M.A. in Comparative Literature. She has worked as an associate editor at Narrative Magazine and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

NANCY AU is an Oakland-based writer and co-founder of The Escapery. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University (SFSU) where she teaches creative writing (Fall 2019). In the summers, she teaches creative writing (to biology majors!) at California State University Stanislaus. Her stories, essays, and interviews appear or are forthcoming in over thirty literary journals including Redivider, Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, Catapult, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. She is a four-time nominee for the Best Small Fictions (2017-2018), and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2016), Best of the Net (2017), The Best Microfiction (2018), and twice nominated for the Wigleaf Top 50 (2017, 2019). She is the winner of Redivider’s 2018 Blurred Genres Contest, The Vestal Review’s 2018 VERA Flash Fiction Prize, and her flash fiction is included in the Best Small Fictions 2018 anthology. She has a full-length collection, SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES, coming out in September 2019 from University of Cincinnati's Acre Books, the book-publishing arm of The Cincinnati Review.