Topeka, KS – Izzy Wasserstein, senior lecturer in English at Washburn University, is having a book launch for her novel, “All the Hometowns You Can’t Stay Away From” Oct. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Carol Chapel on the Washburn University campus. This event is free to attend and open to the public.     

      The event will begin with a 20-minute reading by Wasserstein followed by a Q&A session about the book. Attendees can purchase the book at the event for $18.99 with cash or check. The book will also be available at the Ichabod Shop in the Memorial Union on campus.

      The book focuses on characters from 14 different worlds and how they encounter grief, change and pain points of their communities. Readers will encounter ne’er-do-wells, orphans, investigators, revolutionaries, diplomats and doctoral students. “All the Hometowns You Can't Stay Away From” is her first short story collection. It was published in 2022 with Neon Hemlock Press.

      Wasserstein is a Washburn alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s of fine arts from the University of New Mexico. She teaches writing, literature and film. Her poetry has been featured in publications such as Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Clarkesworld, Flint Hills Review and she is the author of two poetry collections, “When Creation Falls” and “This Ecstasy They Call Damnation.” 

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For further information, contact:
Ellie Walker
Public Relations Specialist
Telephone: (785) 670-2154
Cell: (785) 224-7921
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