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Associate Professor’s Short Story Collection Probes Beautiful Oddity of Human Ritual

Posted May 15, 2017 in Faculty

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) Associate Professor and General Education Program Chair Dr. Adam Schuitema has followed up the success of his critically-acclaimed debut novel “Haymaker” with a new short story collection that explores humankind’s penchant for ritual.

“The Things We Do That Make No Sense” presents 15 stories in which the characters cling tightly to rituals–both grand and small, yet always off-kilter–as a way to make sense of the world and their existence in it. From a mother who clings to her adult son’s baby teeth as he’s led off to prison, to a man who seeks to create a private galaxy in which he can rekindle a lost love, the stories are filled with the distinct characters, razor-sharp dialogue, and arresting descriptions found in “Haymaker” and “Freshwater Boys,” Schuitema’s debut short story collection, both of which were named Michigan Notable Books by the Library of Michigan. 

Book coverimage courtesy Adam Schuitema

“The Things We Do That Make No Sense” was released in March of 2017 by Northern Illinois University Press/Switchgrass Books, and has already generated considerable buzz. Schuitema celebrated the collection’s release with a packed-house reception at the Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids on March 18, where he read from the collection and connected with readers.

To learn more, and to read excerpts of some of the stories found in Schuitema’s new collection, visit adamschuitema.com.

Learn more about KCAD’s General Education program here