July 10, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Join PEN Center USA at Skylight Books for a special evening with readings from Aaron Gwyn and Bret Anthony Johnston. Both authors will read from their latest works, Wynne's War and Remember Me Like This, respectively. Based on the Aaron Gwyn's extensive interviews with Green Berets, Army Rangers, and other veterans, Wynne's War is a taut page-turner that brilliantly fuses the war novel and the Western into a compellingly original tale. 

A gripping novel with the pace of a thriller but the nuanced characterization and deep empathy of some of the literary canon's most beloved novels, Remember Me Like This introduces Bret Anthony Johnston as one of the most gifted storytellers writing today. With his sophisticated and emotionally taut plot and his shimmering prose, Johnston reveals that only in caring for one another can we save ourselves.


Aaron Gwyn was raised on a cattle ranch in rural Oklahoma. He is the author of a story collection, Dog on the Cross, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and two novels, The World Beneath (W.W. Norton) and the newly released Wynne's War (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His short stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, and New Stories from the South. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where he is an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and contributes book reviews, articles, and narrative nonfiction to Esquire.

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the novel Remember Me Like This, which was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent and The Irish Times. He is also the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. His awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Stephen Turner Award, the Cohen Prize, a James Michener Fellowship, and the Kay Cattarulla Prize for short fiction. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, The Best American Sports Writing, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He wrote the documentary film Waiting for Lightning, which was released in theaters around the world by Samuel Goldwyn Films. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing.

Bret Anthony Johnston photo by Nina Subin