A reading and book signing with novelists Yelena Akhtiorskaya and Gabriel Urza
Please join us for an evening with Black Mountain Institute fellows Yelena Akhtiorskaya and Gabriel Urza as they read from their debut novels and discuss their approach to fiction writing.
Yelena Akhtiorskaya is the author of Panic in a Suitcase, a debut novel that follows two decades in the life of a household of Ukrainian immigrants in Brooklyn. Born in Odessa, Ukraine and raised in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Yelena earned an MFA from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in n+1, The New Republic, Triple Canopy, and other publications. She is currently working on a novel that charts the course of a romantic relationship between two young people.
Gabriel Urza is the author of All That Followed, a novel set in a fictional town in the Basque region of Spain that is rocked by the murder of a politician. A former public defender from Reno, Nevada, Urza drew on his own Basque heritage and on-site legal research in San Sebastián during the book’s composition. He is currently writing a novel that draws on his experiences practicing law.