James Han Mattson, Ted Wheeler


We're excited to have Omaha native Ted Wheeler back in the store as well as newcomer James Han Mattson!  We'll be hosting a doubleheader reading and signing from the novels Kings of Broken Things and The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, respectively. James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in North Dakota. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship, he has taught writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Cape Town, the University of Maryland, George Washington University, and the University of California–Berkeley. In 2009, he moved to Korea to reunite with his birth family after nearly thirty years of separation. He currently lives in Maryland. Theodore Wheeler is a reporter who covers civil law and politics in Omaha, where he lives with his wife and their two daughters. His fiction has been featured in Best New American Voices, New Stories from the Midwest, the Southern Review, the Kenyon Review, and Boulevard and received special mention in a Pushcart Prize anthology. A graduate of the MFA program at Creighton University, Wheeler was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany; a resident of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City; and a winner of the Marianne Russo Award from the Key West Literary Seminar. He is the author of Bad Faith, a collection of short fiction. Kings of Broken Things is his first novel.