11/18 - VIRTUAL Author Event w/Andrew Siegrist and Marlin Barton

Mail_8 Mon, 11/15/2021 - 12:22pm

Union Ave Books welcomes Tennessee author Andrew Siegrist to present his debut story collection, We Imagined It Was Rain, winner of the 2020 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Andrew will be joined in conversation by Marlin Barton (Children of the Dust, Pasture Art). This free virtual event takes place on Thursday, November 18th @ 7pm (Eastern) on Zoom. You MUST register at the following link to attend.


Hailed by ZZ Packer as “a master of tone, detail, and imagery”, Andrew Siegrist’s debut collection We Imagined It Was Rain is a love song to Tennessee. These loosely connected stories are imbued with tenderness, seriousness, and a deep understanding of the human spirit. A young man moves to the mountains and builds an heirloom chest in the wake of his son’s death; a town official must make the decision to execute a circus elephant; two siblings help their father commit suicide; a preacher picks up the pieces of his ruined church, and his marriage, after a devastating flood; locals share stories of the girl with eyelashes so long she can braid them. Siegrist demonstrates careful attention to the smallest moments, to the rain on a windowpane, to individual mementos passed down through generations, in this far-reaching and thoughtful collection.

We Imagined It Was Rain is the winner of our 2020 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize.


Andrew Siegrist is a graduate of the Creative Workshop at the University of New Orleans. His work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Arts & Letters, The Greensboro Review, Pembroke Magazine, Fiction Southeast, Bat City Review, and elsewhere. He lives on the Cumberland River outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

Marlin Barton is the first recipient of the Capote Prize for short fiction. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also teaches creative writing in a program for juvenile offenders called Writing Our Stories, created by the Alabama Writers’ Forum.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
We Imagined It Was Rain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938235887
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - October 12th, 2021