Wednesday, February 22

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

$10.00 ($7.00 Concert Member)

In Erika Krouse’s best-selling novel, “Contenders,” Nina Black is a happy thief and street fighter until one of her marks, a Denver cop and MMA comeback contender, wants his wallet—and his dignity—back. Avoiding retribution is difficult enough alone, but it becomes impossible once Nina gets unexpected custody of an orphaned eight-year-old niece she didn’t know existed. Krouse will read from “Contenders” and discuss the challenges of writing characters who veer far from the norm.

About the Author:

Erika Krouse’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic,, One Story, Ploughshares and other publications. Her short story collection, “Come Up and See Me Sometime,” won the Paterson Fiction Award and was a New York Times Notable Book. “Contenders” is a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Krouse is on faculty for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and the Ashland University MFA program. She lives in Boulder.