For·Words Series Presents Award-winning Author

The For·Words series will continue at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Del & Norma Robison Planetarium with a reading by 2014 Flan O’Brien Award for Innovative Fiction winner Andrew Bynom from his book, “The Executioner’s Race.”

Using his experiences from living and working in Istanbul, Turkey, for many years, Bynom’s “The Executioner’s Race” begins with a female calligrapher who is condemned to death in fourteenth-century Ottoman Istanbul for blasphemy when she turns holy prayers into images of faces and animals. Her only chance at life is win a race against a Bostanci, one of the sultan’s guards and executioners. Hans Christian Andersen tries to discover the outcome of the race seven years later with the help of a dubious florist.

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