Author Event - After the Parade with Lori Ostlund in Conversation with Naomi Williams

The Avid Reader is happy to welcome author Lori Ostlund in conversation with local author Naomi Williams for a discussion of Ostlund's debut novel, After the Parade, launching in paperback, on Wednesday, July 27th starting at 7:30 p.m.

Sensitive, bighearted, and achingly self-conscious, forty-year-old Aaron Englund long ago escaped the confines 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—where he moves between a shoddy garage apartment and the ramshackle ESL school where he teaches—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 the constellation of Aaron’s childhood heartbreaks and hopes.

After Aaron’s father died, it was the larger-than-life misfits of his childhood—a sardonic, wheelchair–bound dwarf named Clarence; a generous, obese baker named Bernice; a kindly aunt preoccupied with dreams of The Rapture—who served as Aaron’s allies. But Aaron’s sense of rejection runs deep: when Aaron was seventeen, Dolores, his mother, vanished one night. And when, all those years later, a new friend in San Francisco offers Aaron a way to locate his lost mother, his past and present collide, forcing him to rethink his place in the world.

In a Starred Review, Booklist called After the Parade "touching and often hilarious." It was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, was a finalist for the 2016 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction and the Northern California Book Award for Fiction, and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.

About the Author: Lori Ostlund’s novel After the Parade, which is set in San Francisco and small-town Minnesota, was released by Scribner on September 22, 2015. Her first book, a story collection entitled The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award, the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and the 2009 California Book Award for First Fiction. Stories from it appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. Scribner reissued the collection in early 2016. Lori received the 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Most recently, her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Southern Review, and the Kenyon Review. She is a teacher and lives in San Francisco with Anne Raeff and their two cats, Oscar and Prakash.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
After the Parade Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476790107
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 22nd, 2015

After the Parade Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476790114
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 26th, 2016

The Bigness of the World: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501117879
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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 16th, 2016