Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Community Hall

Event Details

Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation
Distinguished Speaker Series presents

Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund

Tickets available at the door.

Join two award-winning authors, Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund, for an engaging conversation about all aspects of their writing including what its like to be part of a writing couple. Simpson Family Literary Project Chair, Joseph Di Prisco moderates the conversation.

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 lives forever.

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  Tickets available at the door. Door opens at 6:30pm
Two 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

Event Type(s): Author Talk
Age Group(s): Adults (18+)
Sarah Blumenfeld