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Anne Raeff, author of Winter Kept Us Warm and Clara Mondschein’s Melancholia, is currently on the Longlist for the $50,000 2019 Simpson Prize. Lori Ostlund, author of After the Parade was a Finalist for the 2017 Simpson Prize. Both authors are recipients of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for their short story collections, The Jungle Around Us (Raeff), and The Bigness of the World (Ostlund).
Anne Raeff’s 2018 novel, Winter Kept Us Warm is out in
paperback this month. A novel of
rich details and landscapes, Winter Kept Us Warm follows
three friends through six decades – from postwar Berlin to Manhattan, 1960s Los
Angeles to contemporary Morocco. A twisting narrative reveals their mysteries
in fragments, examining their long-ago love triangle and how it changed their
Lori Ostlund’s debut novel, After the Parade,
is about a sensitive, bighearted, and achingly
self-conscious, forty-year-old, Aaron Englund, who long ago escaped the
confinements of his Midwestern hometown, but he still feels like an outcast.
After twenty years under the Pygmalion-like care of his older partner, Walter,
Aaron at last decides it is time to take control of his own fate. But soon
after establishing himself in San Francisco, Aaron sees that real freedom will
not come until he has made peace with his memories of Mortonville, Minnesota: a
cramped town whose four hundred souls form a constellation of Aaron’s childhood
heartbreaks and hopes.
Tickets: $10 Purchase TicketsTwo novels may be pre-purchased for pickup at the event. At the event, books will also be available for purchase courtesy of A Great Good Place For Books
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