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Prologue is WHQR's monthly book discussion, hosted by Ben Steelman of the Star News. Takes place on the second Monday of the month, at 7pm. Prologue is currently hosted via Zoom Webinar.

Prologue: "Refund" by Karen E. Bender

Join Ben Steelman of the StarNews and one of our most widely known local literary legends, Karen E. Bender, to discuss her recent, extremely well received short story collection Refund

Praise for Refund

"Bender probes the depths people will sink to for love and money in this poignant, absorbing collection of finance-themed tales. Worth investing time in." 

- People Magazine

"One of Ten Titles to Pick Up Right Now."

O Magazine

"Bender takes ripped-from-the-headlines subjects (9/11, foreclosure, autism, a school shooting) to show ordinary people on the process of making extraordinary decisions." 

       - Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Monday, April 13 at 7 PM

MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor

About the Author: Karen E. Bender grew up in Los Angeles, but has spent time living in such diverse places as New York, Iowa City and Taichung City, Taiwan. Bender currently lives in our very own Wilmington with her husband Robert Anthony Seigel and their two children. In addition to writing highly acclaimed books, Bender enjoys cooking, running and playing the cello.  Bender is the author of the novel Like Normal People, which was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times Bestseller,  and a Barnes And Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Bender has won TWO Pushcart Prizes and has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. For more information about Karen E. Bender or her work please click here