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Trace Ramsey 

When: Wed., June 14, 7 p.m. 2017

Just as memoirs were all the rage in the previous few decades, creative nonfiction has become the hot literary genre of the moment. As nonfiction, it denotes stories drawn from factual occurrences. The creative part manifests in the liberties taken by practitioners of the form in telling of their true-life tales. In All I Want to Do Is Live: A Collection of Creative Nonfiction, Durham's Trace Ramsey, who was best known as the creator of the zine Quitter before receiving the 2017 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize, conveys his life experience with unsparing intimacy in vignettes that take on various forms, including essays, poetry, and comics. The collection, published by Pioneers Press through a crowdfunding campaign, moves in nonlinear fashion to sketch out an inner landscape whose dark places have struck a chord with early readers. Ramsey recollects often-unsettling events from his childhood as well as adult concerns such as parenting and the strains of family life. —David Klein

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