Lori Ostlund / After the Parade [in-conversation with Oscar Villalon]
Lori Ostlund launches her novel After the Parade—the story a big-hearted, self-conscious, deeply sensitive man, Aaron Englund, who decides to leave his older partner and make a new life in San Francisco. But, as he steps out into a new city, Aaron finds memories flying back to the traumas, mysteries, and lost opportunities bound up in the tiny Midwestern town of his youth. Lori Ostlund’s debut novel weaves colorful characters and unforgettable settings to create a glorious new anthem for the outsider.
Lori Ostlund’s collection of stories, The Bigness of the World, received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. It was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, was a Lambda finalist, and was named a Notable Book by The Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among other places. In 2009, Lori received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. She lives in San Francisco.
Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZVA, the former books editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and a member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. His writing has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and The Believer.
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