Annie Proulx

Seattle Arts & Lectures begins its fall series with Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize winner whose The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain were both adapted to film. (The latter, youÂ’ll recall, was defeated by Crash for Best Picture at the Oscars, which still rankles.) More recently, Proulx has continued to find inspiration from her home state of Wyoming for the story collection Fine Just the Way It Is (Scribner, $15, new in paperback), her third in the Wyoming Stories series. Ranging from the harsh frontier of the prairie settlers to the equally harsh present (where a female Iraq War vet returns to no welcome), the nine stories all duck easy sentiment and stare hardship in the eye. Future months bring Lydia Davis and Richard Price to town for the same series. Tickets and info: 624-2230 and DESMOND FLEEFER

Wed., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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