Casey Pycior: THE SPOILS

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Dragonfly Books is pleased to present author Casey Pycior with his new collection of short stories The Spoils. Set mostly in and around Kansas, the stories in this powerful collection explore how men perform, in their jobs and personal lives, and investigate the gray area between doing what’s best for oneself and acting a part to make others happy. Pycior will share his stories and talk about his new book on Friday, March 24th at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.

In The Spoils, midwest author Casey Pycior examines difficult choices in a world where the line between right and wrong is constantly shifting. Pycior’s characters are drowning under the weight of masculinity, paralyzed in the grip of things left unsaid. A man questions whether he should leave his drug-addicted girlfriend and her son or stay, sacrificing his own well-being to be the boy’s father. Fed up with the role of the stooge, a Washington Generals player takes his A-game to the Harlem Globetrotters and has to face unforeseen consequences. A rookie prison guard sent to procure a death row inmate’s final meal commits a small, subversive act of humanity.

Told with honesty and vulnerability, the stories in The Spoils will resonate with readers long after the stories are completed.

Casey Pycior was born and raised in Kansas City. He earned his MFA in fiction writing at Wichita State University and his PhD in creative writing at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. His stories have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Midwestern Gothic, and Wigleaf. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife and son.

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books with Casey Pycior on Friday, March 24th at 7:00 pm. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase one of Pycior’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of the Dragonfly Books staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah, and is free and open to the public. To learn more about these and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit, or contact us at or 563-382-4275.

The Spoils: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780875807614
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Switchgrass Books - March 15th, 2017

Deep in the landlocked heart of the Midwest, the characters in The Spoils are drowning under the weight of masculinity, paralyzed in the grip of things left unsaid. These men are broken and breaking, struggling to reckon with the decisions they’ve made and those they have yet to face.