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Auntie’s to host Visiting Writer Bynum on Friday

If you don't have plans for Friday evening, you might consider reading to Auntie's Bookstore for a literary reading. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, who is appearing courtesy of Eastern Washington University's 2016-2017 Visiting Writers Series.

The 7:30 event is free and open to the public.

Bynum, who was profiled in The New Yorker, is the author of two novels: "Ms. Hempel Chronicles" and "Madeleine Is Sleeping." Her short fiction appears in a variety of publications, including — again — The New Yorker.

In its review of "Madeleine Is Sleeping," Publishers Weekly called it a "remarkable debut" and added that "Replete with Kafkaesque metamorphoses, Freudian fantasies, Aesopian justice and religious metaphor, the novel is equal parts fairy tale, fable, romance and bildungsroman."

Nothing better than a good old bildungsroman.

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