Smart Bets: Amanda Kabak

A native of Chicago and a nominee for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, Amanda Kabak delves into female friendship and the fluidity of sexuality in her LGBTQIA+ debut novel, The Mathematics of Change. The tale centers on three women-identified characters — including masculine-presenting Mitch — who are forced to confront long-held personal views. “Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it easy, especially on an emotional level,” Kabak says. “When that change sparks self-reflection and doubt, it is even worse.” A software architect by day, Kabak will read from her work on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. at Firestorm Books and Coffee. Local novelist Sarah Blackman (Hex; Mother Box and Other Tales) will introduce Kabak and moderate a post-reading Q&A session. Free to attend. Author photo by Rose Kaz


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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