BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Exhibit X Fiction Series presented by
the University at Buffalo Department of English, which brings
internationally renowned writers to Buffalo every year, will
sponsor a free public reading by award-winning American novelist
and translator Laird Hunt at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Hallwalls
Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
Hunt’s fictions transcend genres and include work that can
be considered experimental, exploratory, noir and
He was a 2013 nominee for one of the nation’s most
prestigious fiction prizes, the PEN/Faulkner Award and recently
received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for his haunting 2012 novel
“Kind One,” a gothic novel sent in antebellum Kentucky
that was described by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as a
“haunting meditation on the crushing legacy of
slavery.” It was a finalist for multiple awards and has drawn
strong emotional reactions from its readers.
Christina Milletti, PhD, associate professor of English at UB
and co-curator of this year’s Exhibition X series, reflects
that readers in the 2012-13 series – Tom McCarthy, Lydia
Millet and Lawrence Norfolk – all won, or were nominated for,
major literary awards shortly after their visits to Buffalo.
She says, “Our goal is to bring rising talent in
contemporary fiction to Buffalo from both the national and
international landscape. We’ve been fortunate to have great
success identifying novelists who aren’t afraid to push
buttons or boundaries as they tell provocative stories.
“Laird Hunt has been on our radar for a long time. His
fiction unerringly mines the state of the human condition and our
capacity for violence, solitude and love.
“Each Exhibition X reading has been unique,” she
says, “and Hunt’s work is very different from that of
next semester’s guests Victor LaValle, Martin Nakell, Rebecca
Goodman and Amanda Micholopoulou. However, each of them, too,
has an exquisite impact on an audience.”
In addition to “Kind One,” Hunt is the author of a
book of short stories, “The Paris Stories” (2000), and
four novels from Coffee House Press: “The Impossibly”
(2001), “Indiana, Indiana” (2003), “The
Exquisite” (2006) and “Ray of the Star”
His new book, the Civil War novel “Neverhome,” will
be published soon in the United States by Little, Brown.
Hunt translated “Vacant Lot,” an experimental novel
by German author Oliver Rohe, and with Anne Laure Tissut,
“Brando, My Solitude,” a “biographical
hypothesis” by award-winning French author Arno Bertina.
Hunt’s work is published in France by Actes Sud, and he
has novels published or forthcoming in Japan, Italy, Spain, Germany
and Turkey. His writings, reviews and translations have appeared in
the United States and abroad.
Hunt currently is on faculty in the University of Denver’s
Creative Writing Program, where he edits the Denver Quarterly. He
has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Camargo
Foundation in Cassis, France, and was a summer 2013 participant in
the Lannan Foundation residency program in the high-desert town of