We are very happy to be hosting this event with local authors and moderator Stephanie Curtis of MPR.
Tales of Loss in Life and Literature
Stephanie Curtis Leads Local Author Panel Discussion
How do personal losses shape ourselves and the stories we tell? Stephanie Curtis of Minnesota Public Radio will discuss this topic on November 22 with local authors Charlie Quimby, Peter Geye, and Scott Dominic Carpenter, whose novels deal with different aspects of loss. In Carpenter’s Theory of Remainders, the disappearance of a child triggers a family drama within the rich landscapes of rural France; Quimby’s Monument Road, set in the rugged terrain of western Colorado, portrays a husband grappling with the death of his beloved wife; Geye’s The Lighthouse Road traces the saga of a misbegotten immigrant family struggling in early settlements along the Minnesota North Shore.
Friday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m.
2238 Carter Avenue
St. Paul, MN
Stephanie Curtis produces online content for The Daily Circuit program on MPR News. She has produced events, daily news shows, documentaries, conferences and call-ins for MPR News. She also was among the pioneering producers who launched 89.3 The Current. You can hear her discuss movies every Thursday on The Cube Critics.
Peter Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis, where he continues to live with his wife and three kids. He received his BA from the University of New Orleans, and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he taught creative writing and was editor of Third Coast. He has also been a bartender, bookseller, banker, copywriter, and cook.
“The echoes of the characters’ heartbreak through the generations are as haunting as the howling of the wolves on the wind.”
—Booklist, starred review of The Lighthouse Road
Scott Dominic Carpenter was raised in the UK and the US. After grim jobs in agriculture, uranium mining, and every conceivable aspect of the restaurant business, he decided to try his
hand at teaching and writing. Now a professor at Carleton College, he divides his time between Minnesota and Paris. When not writing (or in the classroom), you can often find him on some rural road astride his bicycle.
“Fully realized characters, a remarkable fluency of language, wit, and an extensive
comprehension of French culture and history, make this literary novel a stellar achievement.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Theory of Remainders
Charlie Quimby’s writing life has always crossed divides. A playwright turned critic. A protest songwriter who worked for a defense contractor. A blogger about taxpaying and homelessness. He wrote award-winning words for others in Harvard Business Review, Financial World magazine and the NFL Hall of Fame. Naturally, he splits his time between Minneapolis and his native western Colorado.
“Part modern western, part mystery, this first novel will appeal to fans of Louise Erdrich and
Kent Haruf. Quimby’s prose reads so true, it breaks the heart.”
—Booklist, starred review of Monument Road