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Published on Mar 16, 2015
Writers’ Workshop graduate Karen Bender reads from her new book of short stories, "Refund". The stories in Refund reflect our contemporary world— swindlers, reality show creators, desperate artists, siblings, parents — who try to answer the question: What is the real definition of worth?
"Bender is a master storyteller and Refund is a superb collection." — Tom Barbash
Karen Bender is the author of the novels Like Normal People and A Town of Empty Rooms. Her stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, and have won two Pushcart prizes. She has won grants from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the NEA. She has taught creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Tunghai University in Taiwan. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.