I'm doing so many things in support of Monument Road this week, I'm not even going to list them all. But here are two I want you to know about.
Truth, Fiction & Landscape at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis
Thursday, November 21st at 7pm
With the publication of Monument Road and P.S. Duffy’s The Cartographer of No Man’s Land, Minnesota may win the prize for producing debut novelists in 2013. Indie booksellers chose our books for “The ABA Debut Dozen” and “Indie Next Great Reads” — we're the only state pair in the country so honored.
We’ll be at Magers & Quinn 7 pm Thursday for a special reading and discussion exploring the role of research in writing fiction and making it ring true. Hear how two writers with nonfiction backgrounds and different training (history for her and theater for me) approach the challenge of writing fiction set in places where the locale is so vital to the story.
Penny Duffy's novel is set during WWI in Nova Scotia and France and mine takes place in the contemporary high desert of western Colorado.
Tales of Loss in Life and Literature at Micawber's in St. Paul
Friday, November 22nd at 7 pm
How do personal losses shape ourselves and the stories we tell? Stephanie Curtis of Minnesota Public Radio will discuss this topic with three local authors whose novels deal with different aspects of loss—Peter Geye, Scott Dominic Carpenter and me.
In Scott’s Theory of Remainders, the disappearance of a child triggers a family drama within the rich landscapes of rural France; Monument Road, set in the rugged terrain of western Colorado, portrays a husband grappling with the death of his beloved wife; and Peter's The Lighthouse Road traces the saga of a misbegotten immigrant family struggling in early settlements along the Minnesota North Shore.
Join us Friday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. Micawber’s Books.