Awarded annually, the Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction seek to honor the best book-length manuscripts in spiritual writing. The winner in each genre receives a $1,500 cash prize, publication and a standard royalties contract from Asheville-based Orison Books. On Thursday, Aug. 23, the 2017 winners in the two categories visit Malaprop’s to read from their acclaimed works. Carly Joy Miller’s poems in Ceremonial are described by the publishing company as “psalms of petition and praise from the raw material of life,” while the stories in fiction honoree Gabriel Houck’s collection You or a Loved One focus on “the hidden worlds of working-class people and their families.” The event begins at at 6 p.m. Free to attend. malaprops.com. Photo courtesy of Orison Books
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