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“To read Peter Orner’s stories is to live simultaneously in so many lives: the reader’s memories intertwine with the characters’, the characters’ dreams resurface in the reader’s. People we have loved and lost, people we have encountered and missed—they wait for us to rediscover them in Orner’s stories. This book, exquisitely written, is as necessary and expansive as life.”

 -Yiyun Li, author of Where Reasons End and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Art of the (Short) Story: Peter Orner in Conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald

Tuesday July 16, 2019
07:00 pm

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Join Peter Orner and Isaac Fitzgerald for a conversation on the art of the short story, marking the release of Orner's latest, Maggie Browne & Others.

 

Said to be the hardest form to master, the short story condenses time, space, and character to deliver maximum impact. Our Art of the (Short) Story series highlights the best of short fiction and invites readers to find out more about how these stories came to be. Bristling with the crackling energy of life itself, Maggie Brown & Others marks the most sustained achievement to date for Peter Orner, "a master of his form" (New York Times).

 

Orner’s new collection chronicles people whose lives are at inflection points. In forty-four compressed gems, he grips 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 forgotten 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 forty-year marriage, but an entire era in a working-class New England city.

 


 

 

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 fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Tin House, and Granta, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. The winner of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Orner teaches at Dartmouth College.



Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, BuzzFeed Books, and BuzzFeed News’ Twitter morning show #AMtoDM, Isaac appears frequently on The Today Show and is the co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes). These days, Isaac lives in Brooklyn and is hard at work on three books forthcoming from Bloomsbury: a YA novel, a picture book, and an essay collection titled Dirtbag, Massachusetts.