Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

A Bright and Pleading Dagger Book Launch with Nicole Rivas, Sat., Sept. 8, 8 pm

Join us Sat., Sept. 8, 8 pm as Nicole Rivas will be here to read from her debut chapbook of short stories called A Bright and Pleading Dagger (Rose Metal Press, pb., 44 pp., $12).

A dazzling and incisive collection of twelve flash fictions illuminating the varied lives of women and girls, A Bright and Pleading Dagger immerses readers in its subjects’ complex experiences with desire, selfhood, and omnipresent danger. A pizza shop worker goes on a series of visceral dates with her gynecologist; a slighted lover coughs up a forgotten childhood toy; an artist unknowingly becomes the subject of an intrusive admirer’s lust; a woman has a heated staring contest with the world’s oldest man. Powerful and precise, Rivas’ stories highlight the unreality within the real, simultaneously evoking humor, outrage, and awe.

Nicole Rivas is from Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. A Bright and Pleading Dagger is her first chapbook. Her fiction has appeared in Passages NorthThe JournalThe Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Georgia Southern University in Savannah. More information can be found at 

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