Debra Monroe is the author of four books of fiction and two memoirs. She is a "fierce" writer who presents "ever-hopeful lost souls with engaging humor and sympathy" (Kirkus Reviews), who writes prose that's "rangy, thoughtful, ambitious, and widely, wildly knowledgeable" (The Washington Post), also "fine and funky, marbled with warmth and romantic confusion, but not a hint of sentimentality" (The Boston Globe). Her books have won many awards, including the Flannery O'Connor Award. She's published stories in over 50 magazines. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com, The American Scholar, and been cited for Best American Essays often. She lives in Austin, Texas. She will be signing copies of her book, My Unsentimental Education, starting at 6:30pm.