The past 12 months have been big ones for Augustana College writer-in-residence Patrick Hicks. A year ago, he published his debut novel, The Commandant of Lubizec. He also came out with a new poetry collection, Adoptable. Hicks has just released his debut book of short stories, The Collector of Names.
The stories explore themes of heartbreak, loss and memory. In one story, a coroner struggles with the horrifying aftermath of a plane explosion above Duluth. In another, an aging mother is stunned by the mysterious re-appearance of a son killed in Vietnam and is terrified of losing him again. In the title story, a man keeps journals filled with the names of all the people he's met.
Hicks is giving a reading with Ron Capps Thursday at Augustana College’s Morrison Commons beginning at 7 pm. Patrick Hicks joined Dakota Midday and discussed his latest book.