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Litquake on Lockdown: Peter Orner and Maggie Brown & Others
July 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm PDTFree
In this powerful and virtuosic collection of 44 interlocking stories, each one “a marvel of concision and compassion” (Washington Post), Peter Orner chronicles people whose lives are at inflection points, gripping us with a series of defining moments. Whether it’s a first date that turns into a late-night road trip to a séance in an abandoned airplane hangar, or a family’s memories of the painful mystery surrounding a neglected uncle’s demise, Orner reveals how our fleeting decisions between kindness and abandonment chase us across time. These stories are anchored by a poignant novella that delivers not only the joys and travails of a 40-year marriage, but an entire era in a working-class New England city. “A master of his form” —The New York Times. Peter Orner reads from and discusses his work, with bestselling illustrator Paul Madonna. Registration via Eventbrite required to access Zoom. FREE, $5 suggested donation
Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and writer. He is the creator of three series, All Over Coffee (San Francisco Chronicle 2004-2016), Small Potatoes (Universal Press Syndicate), and Quotable City (Nob Hill Gazette 2018-present), and the author of four books, All Over Coffee… Read More →
Peter Orner, a two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, is the author of five previous books, including the novel Love and Shame and Love and the collection Esther Stories, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His memoir Am I Alone Here? was a finalist for the National Book Critics… Read More →