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Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize Reading and Reception

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies will present the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction published in 2017 to Marian Crotty, for her book What Counts as Love.  Guests will enjoy a reading by Crotty from her winning book, free food and drink, and will have the opportunity to have their books signed. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Free parking is available in Library Lot.

From the Kafka Prize Committee
The title of Marian Crotty's debut story collection, What Counts as Love, reveals its meaning slowly: it is not simply that her characters are looking for love and having to settle for something just short of it (though they do this, too); rather, in the process of searching they also experience types of longing,connection, selflessness, and faith that exceed our traditional definitions of the word. Often young women, Crotty's characters and narrators learn that love can flourish in the most unexpected of places, from the back-yard shed from which they're spying on the neighbors' sex lives, to the walk-in refrigerator of (the Polish-owned) Pablo's Restaurante. Full of heartache but also hope, What Counts as Love depicts its central figures' full range of emotions with both freshness and ferocity. 

Read more about the Kafka Award online. 

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Rush Rhees Library, Welles-Brown Room
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

Event Type

Lectures and Talks


General Public, Faculty, Students, Alumni, Family and Children, Staff, Patients, Health Care Professionals


literary arts, diversity



Free, no registration required

Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies


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Please contact if you require seating to attend, require space for a wheelchair, or require any other accommodations. Please submit requests for ASL interpretation by March 14, 2019.

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