Noah MilliganAuthor Noah Milligan will give a special reading from his recently released series of short stories, Five Hundred Poor.  The free reading and book signing begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 15 in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones.

Noah Milligan's debut novel, An Elegant Theory, was shortlisted for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize and a finalist for Foreword Review's 2016 Book of the Year. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Central Oklahoma, and his short fiction has appeared in Windmill: The Hofstra University Journal of Literature and Art, Rathalla Review, MAKE Literary Magazine, Storyscape Literary Journal,  and elsewhere. 

Five Hundred Poor, was released by Central Avenue Publishing in June 2018. The title is derived from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, “Wherever there is great property there is great inequality. For one very rich man there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many. The affluence of the rich excites the indignation of the poor, who are often both driven by want, and prompted by envy, to invade his possessions.”  These are ten stories of those five hundred poor: the jaded, the disillusioned, and the disenfranchised.

"Five Hundred Poor is the type of book we need more of” says Jared Yates Sexton.  “Full of unflinchingly honest stories that are, at times, shockingly brutal and surprisingly tender, this is a living, breathing portrait of the world we live in. No gimmicks. No grandstanding. Just a glimpse at how the other half lives and how the other half dies that should inspire us to try harder." 

Programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council.