St. Augustine writer and Monroeville native Kim Bradley’s debut short fiction collection, Spillway, was recently released by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. With water as its ever-present conduit, Spillway is evocative modern fiction linking two often misunderstood regions: South Alabama and Northeast Florida. To mark its publication, a free public reading and book signing will be held on Thursday, July 28 at 6 pm at the Monroe County Museum in Monroeville.
In Spillway, Bradley sets the Florida and Alabama landscapes with tales of con artists, preachers, ghosts, alligators, crop dusters, and more. With each story, readers will find characters coming face-to-face with themselves and the unrelenting forces of nature that allow them to hide their inner conflict. In every addition to this collection, Bradley meticulously hints to readers what’s to come, crafting a perfect layer of suspense. Spillway includes seven previously published pieces, as well as two new works that reflect Bradley’s voice as an author.
Prolific author, Guggenheim Fellow, and Florida International University professor of fiction John Dufresne describes Spillway as “a revelation and an inspiration for those of us who love stories.” Author Amanda Boyden calls the book “a magical, glorious debut…my heart soared reading this collection.” Author Laura Lee Smith writes “these stories are Southern gothic leavened with knockout realism, finespun humor, and prose so fine it hurts.”
Kim Bradley grew up in Monroeville, attended Monroe Academy, and studied journalism at Auburn University. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. Her short fiction has appeared in Natural Bridge, The Louisville Review, Bayou, Southern Indiana Review, Real South Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, The Southern Humanities Review, Broadkill Review and Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. She teaches creative writing and composition at Flagler College.
Bradley will read excerpts from Spillway in the historic courthouse followed by a book signing and reception with light refreshments. Books will be available for sale.
For more information, visit bykimbradley.com.
FREE and Open to the Public.