Book Signing and Conversation with Rilla Askew at Pearl’s Books

Pearl's Books 28 E. Center St. Fayetteville, AR

 Rilla Askew will be in the store for a conversation with author Jane Blunschi. The two will talk about writing, life, and Prize for the Fire, Rilla’s most recent novel. Meet Rilla, get a copy of this work of historical fiction, and have it signed by the author.

Best known for her American Book Award-winning novel about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Fire in Beulah, Rilla Askew is the author of five novels, a book of stories, and a collection of creative nonfiction. She’s a PEN/Faulkner finalist, recipient of the Western Heritage Award, Oklahoma Book Award, and a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her essay collection, Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place, was long listed for a PEN America Literary Award. Askew’s most recent novel, Prize for the Fire, is about Early Modern English writer Anne Askew, who was burned as a heretic in 1546. More on Rilla and her writing is available at

Jane V. Blunschi holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Arkansas. She was a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voices fellow, and her collection of stories, Understand Me, Sugar, was published in 2017 by Yellow Flag Press. Jane’s stories and essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and appeared in Bayou Magazine, Cream City Review, Paper Darts, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Foglifter, among others. Originally from Louisiana, Jane lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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