Lise Haines, Pamela Painter & Mary Kovaleski Byrnes

A hit-and-run accident on an empty road sets loose forces that push a young girl's family apart. With the disappearance of her father, Mona's wrenching task is to make herself whole while holding on to her little sister and her mother, her dark secret memories, and her simmering fury.

Lise Haines’s fourth novel, When We Disappear, will be published by Unbridled Books in June 2018. Her three earlier books are Girl in the Arena, a 2011 South Carolina Book Award Nominee, optioned by HBO; Small Acts of Sex and Electricity, named a Book Sense Pick in 2006 and one of ten “Best Book Picks for 2006” by San Diego’s NPR station; and In My Sister’s Country, which The Rocky Mountain News selected as one of twelve “Stellar Debuts” for 2002.


A widower finds his stolen car and begins a relationship with the thief; a woman whose sisters levy accusations against their dying father wonders why he chose them, not her; a divorcing couple celebrates a final beach weekend with their closest friends.

In fifteen stories of loss and recovery, including two Pushcart Prize winners, Pamela Painter cements her status as a master of the contemporary story.

Pamela Painter's first collection of stories, Getting to Know the Weather, won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and was reissued as a Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary in 2008. Her second collection of stories, also from Carnegie Mellon, is titled The Long and Short of It. Painter is co-author, with Anne Bernays, of the widely-used textbook What If? Fiction Exercises for Fiction Writers. Painter's individual stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Kenyon Review, North American Review, and Ploughshares, and in numerous anthologies, including Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Fiction Forward, and Microfiction.

The winner of three Pushcart Prizes and Agni's John Cheever Award for Fiction, Painter has received grants from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her stories have been produced by Word Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, and Stage Turner. Additionally, her story titled "Reading in His Wake" was recorded for the CD Love Hurts, by W.W. Norton. 


Mary Kovaleski Byrnes is the author of So Long the Sky. She teaches writing and literature at Emerson College, and is the co-founder of the emersonWRITES program, a free creative writing program for Boston Public School students. Her work has appeared in GuernicaSalamander, the Four Way Review, the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, the Boston Globe, Poet Lore, Cimmaron Review, the Best of Kore Press, Best of the Net, PANK, and elsewhere. She served as Poetry Editor for Redivider and has been a poetry reader for Ploughshares since 2009.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
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Published: Unbridled Books - June 5th, 2018

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