Vincent Chu & Kim Magowan 930pm Free

"You'll find yourself among friends in these stories." - San Francisco Book Review

"Chu finds ways to turn the everyday into the revelatory." - Kirkus Reviews

"One of the strongest collections of stories I've read in years." - The Irresponsible Reader

Vincent Chu's debut story collection is funny and big-hearted, imbued with a generosity and warmth that reminds us that moments of glory can happen when we least expect it. In eighteen stories that shine a light on people far from champions, Like a Champion is an ode to underdogs and long shots, disappointed worker bees and hopeful lovers, sad office parties and one-sided basketball games. A lonely businessman on a cruise finds comfort in an unlikely companion. Two high school friends try to survive their last backyard wrestling match only to learn that not all endings can be choreographed. An expat teacher struggles with her new life overseas until a familiar stranger joins the faculty. A young woman fails to make progress in a strip mall boxing gym before discovering strength in her breaking point.

Kim Magowan’s debut collection, Undoing, won the 2017 Moon City Short Fiction Award. It is forthcoming in March 2018 from Moon City Press, available from the press and from Amazon. Her novel The Light Source is forthcoming from 7.13 Books.

Magowan lives in San Francisco with her partner and their two daughters, and teaches in the Department of Literatures and Languages at Mills College. Her fiction is published or forthcoming in Atticus ReviewBird’s ThumbCleaverThe Gettysburg ReviewHobartNew World WritingSixfold, and many other journals.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 9:30pm