Haywire, with Thaddeus Rutkowski
Evening presentation by Thaddeus Rutkowski, author
Haywire is Thaddeus Rutkowski's third novel. Comprised of 49 flash fictions, it is narrated by the son of a Polish-American artist father and a Chinese mother. In this coming-of-age story with unexpected twists, the insular life of a rural teenager with parents of different races spirals into a surrealistic, giddy page-turner that became Number One on Small Press Distribution's fiction best-seller list. Publisher's Weekly said of the novel, "Rutkowski’s best moments crackle unimpeded by self-consciousness."
Rutkowski’s previous novels, Roughhouse and Tetched, were both finalists for the Asian American Literary Award. Tetched was chosen as one of the best books reviewed in 2006 by Chronogram magazine.
A graduate of Cornell and Johns Hopkins, Rutkowski is a master of both flash fiction and slam poetry. He is a two-time winner of the Poetry Versus Comedy slam at the Bowery Poetry Club and a one-time winner of the Syracuse Poetry Slam and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Friday slam. Rutkowski teaches literature at City University of New York and fiction writing at the Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA, and has taught at Pace University, the Hudson Valley Writers Center, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. He will perform pieces from Haywire as well as discuss his creative journey. Book sale after program.