50 The Human Carnival
$17 / $8.50 for student groups
Off-kilter, slightly twisted characters are perfect fodder for fiction. You might not want to have them to dinner, but they’re great to inhabit your imagination for a while. A.L. Kennedy’s new novel features a nomadic psychic who’s made a fortune out of fraud but gives generously to charity. Jessica Westhead presents stories about misfits and supremely neurotic protagonists. Rebecca Rosenblum plumbs the offices of a lifestyle magazine for her characters—lonely, frail stoics who may hope for rescue but certainly don’t expect it. Gay dwarves don’t appear in Anne Fleming’s Gay Dwarves of America, but there is a hockey mom who imagines she’s Swiss. We read fiction to broaden our worlds and meet interesting characters—and you’ll be sure to meet the human carnival this afternoon.