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APRIL 24

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I’m a little worried about Ashley Warlick. She’s living in the literary fast lane. This 23-year-old writer finished her first novel, The Distance From the Heart of Things, upon graduation from Dickinson College in 1994. In August of that year, she got married. Now Warlick has joined the likes of Ethan Canin, Philip Roth, and Elizabeth Bishop as a recipient of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. And she’s on a national reading tour. Distance, an undeniably worthy narrative in the Southern tradition, is narrated by 22-year-old Mavis Black, fresh out of college and primed for a job at her family’s South Carolina vineyard. Congratulations are in order for Warlick—but stay tuned. The Wunderkind reads with Kate Phillips, author of White Rabbit, at 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-5495. (Nathalie op de Beeck)