Sunday, March 24, 2024

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (3/24/24)

It has been a hot minute since we last met up for good words by other people, but I'm glad that you've checked back to see if a new edition might be up. It is! It's a rainy day in my part of the world, and we are slogging toward April, but it's officially Spring, so that's a new word to think about being inside.


  • "Whatever Gets The Hay Down to the Ponies" by Maya Jewell Zeller (from her book Out Takes/Glove Box)
  • The Riveter by Ada Limón (from her book Bright Dead Things)

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

April 3-7: Erin Pringle to bring home Unexpected Weather Events

This April, I'll be returning home to visit family and to share stories from my newest story collection, Unexpected Weather Events.

Below, you'll find the calendar that will lead us to each other, book-wise. Please bring yourself (and your friends, your neighbors, and your family). <3


April 3: Bloomington, Indiana
Reading and Book Signing
Caveat Emptor (112 N. Walnut, Bloomington, Indiana)
Book signing 6:00-7:00 PM; Reading 7:00-8:00 PM
Free and open to the public

April 4: Casey, Illinois
Hometown Reading, Discussion, and Book Signing
7:00 PM-8:30 PM (Central Time)
Turner Arts Hall (306 E. Edgar Avenue, Casey, Illinois)
Free and open to the public

April 7: Indianapolis, Indiana
Reading and book signing
Noon-2:00 PM (ET)
Indy Reads (1066 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN)
Registration encouraged (free):

April 3: Erin Pringle brings Unexpected Weather Events to Caveat Emptor

On Wednesday, April 3th, I'll be in Bloomington, Indiana's oldest bookstore, Caveat Emptor. I'll be signing copies of Unexpected Weather Events from 6:00-7:00 PM, followed by a reading from 7:00-8:00 PM.

The stories revolve around rural villages and the surreal relationship among grief, love, and loss. In one story, a child explains a war that now surrounds the cornfields and playground; in another story, a family sells their house after the husband and father dies by suicide. Snow turns to blood, a mass genocide occurs in the stone quarry at the end of a country road. And yet birds still sing, a mother hides oranges in a winter yard, and a widow decorates for Christmas. 

The event is free and open to the public, and I hope you'll be there. 
Caveat Emptor
112 N. Walnut
Bloomington, Indiana 47404 
Facebook event link:

Monday, March 18, 2024

Author Reading and Discussion: Erin Pringle at Turner Arts Hall, April 4th, 2024

I grew up attending plays and musicals put on by local high schoolers at Arts Hall, a brick building near the high school that contained the home-ec classes and a modest theatre. Later, I would perform on that stage myself, in The Music Man, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes--among others. Since those days, I've appeared on that stage only in nightmares in which I've completely forgotten my lines and decide to wing it. I am not quick on my feet in nightmares.

Hopefully, my return to that stage will go much better. I'll be bringing Unexpected Weather Events to Turner Arts Hall on Thursday, April 4th--thanks to the Casey Township Library Friends of the Library group who is sponsoring the event. I'll read from the book, followed by a discussion led by my former high-school English Teacher Mrs. Pierce. Copies of Unexpected Weather Events will be available for purchase. 

The event is free and open to the public, and I hope that you'll join me. 

Turner Arts Hall
306 E. Edgar Avenue
Casey, Illinois
7 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday, April 4th



Thursday, March 7, 2024

Erin Pringle at Northwest Passages Book Club, Spokane, WA

 A few weeks ago, I was honored to share Unexpected Weather Events as the guest at Northwest Passages Book Club, a recurring salon-like event hosted by the Spokesman-Review and featuring regional titles and authors. Thanks to everyone who worked the sound, lights, and all the technicalities, and to Lindsey Treffrey for making the experience welcoming and comfortable. The seats were all full, and the audience and I had a very good conversation after the more formal discussion. It's a lovely event, and if you live in or near Spokane, you should definitely attend the next one if you haven't before.

If you missed the event, you can watch it virtually on YouTube here: Or you can watch it right here: 

Learn more about Northwest Passages Book Club here:


Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Erin Pringle brings Unexpected Weather Events to Indy Reads: April 7th, 2024

I'm excited to say that I'll be sharing Unexpected Weather Events in Indianapolis this April! I'll read from the book followed by a Q&A and book-signing. I've always wanted to read in Indy, not only because it's one of the nearest cities to where I grew up, but also because my best friend grew up there and when I met her in college, Indy became my favorite place. I wrote the story "A Game of Telephone" in Unexpected Weather Events after she died, as it was one of the ways I coped with the loss--by embedding the grief in familiar games or folk stories, rewriting them from an angle that I needed to now understand. 

The book event will be hosted by Indy Reads, a non-profit organization with a mission to support literacy, create community, and provide opportunities to strengthen oneself and others. They run a bookstore and provide workshops, tutoring, conversation circles, author events, and many more positive opportunities. I'm so honored to take a part in their mission, if only for a few hours, and I'm looking forward to learning more--so I hope that you can attend and learn more with me. You're absolutely invited. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged:

Unexpected Weather Events at Indy Reads

Sunday, April 7th, 2024

Noon-2:00 (ET)

1066 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN

Indy Reads website:

Indy Reads on Facebook:


Sunday, March 3, 2024

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (March 3, 2024)

  • Sweethearts by C.L. O'Dell (from Poetry, March 2024 issue)
  • Stunt Double by Tomás Q. Morín (from Poetry, March 2024 issue)

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (2/25/24)



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Monday, February 19, 2024

Unexpected Weather Events featured in Spokane's Northwest Passages Event

This Thursday, February 22nd, please attend the Northwest Passages event. I'll be in conversation with Spokesman-Review writer Lindsey Treffry about my newest book, the story collection Unexpected Weather Events. I hope you can attend; if not, send someone in your stead.

What to know


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Spokesman-Review: Unexpected Weather Events in your newspaper

This coming Thursday (February 22, 2024), my newest book Unexpected Weather Events will be the focus of the Northwest Passages audience at the Spokesman-Review building. The event will include a conversation led by Spokesman writer Lindsey Treffry, questions from the audience, and a reading from the book by yours truly. Today, Treffry's article about Unexpected Weather Events ran in the paper. She discusses the book itself and spun in a few words I'd spoken during a recent phone conversation we had.

“Grief is this – trying to carry tragedy at the same time you’re trying to buy Oreos,” Pringle said. “I think losing, in itself, is this trying to balance the mundane livingness of life with what feels like life-changing tragedy and not letting either one of them take over to the point that you’re neglecting the other.”

Northwest Passages is a book-focused, author-centered discussion with regional writers or books on regional subjects. Copies of Unexpected Weather Events will be available to purchase at the event, thanks to Auntie's Bookstore.

Read the full article here 

More information about Northwest Passages with Erin Pringle in conversation with Lindsey Treffry
  • Thursday, February 22nd at 7 PM
  • Tickets are $7 each and available for purchase here
  • Address: 999 W. Riverside Ave., Spokesman-Review building, 7th floor Chronicle Pavilion
  • To purchase books in advance, you can find them locally at Auntie's Bookstore, Wishing Tree Books, and Giant Nerd Books
I hope to see you and your best book-reading friend there!