An Evening with Rosellen Brown

We are thrilled to welcome Rosellen Brown to the shop to discuss her new novel The Lake On Fire! Rosellen will be joined in conversation by Gioia Diliberto. A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion.

About the book:

The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm. Lured by the potential for new life, Chaya and her brilliant younger brother Asher flee to industrialized Chicago. Surrounded by the superficial extravagance of the Columbian Exposition, the pair depends on factory work and pickpocketing to scrape by. The Lake on Fire is a keen examination of social class, family, love, and revolution in a historical time marked by a tumultuous social landscape. (Sarabande Books)

“What a pleasure to have a new novel from Rosellen Brown, an important voice in fiction; and what a particular pleasure to have this novel, which is not only a brilliant coming-of-age-in-the Gilded-Age story, as well as an engrossing sibling story, but is also a keen exploration of ideas around heroism, making one’s way in the world, and the tensions between material comforts and the persistent desire to be of use. Vivid and rich, Rosellen Brown’s book swept me in and held me there.” 

—Meg Wolitzer

About Rosellen Brown:

Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Mr. Obama’s neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan. 

About Gioia Diliberto:

Named in 2015 as one of Bustle’s “11 women in non-fiction who are totally killing it,” Gioia is the author of four biographies, two novels and a play. Her books, which center on the lives of women, have been translated into several languages. She has been praised for combining rich story telling with deep research to bring alive worlds as varied as jazz age Paris and nineteenth century Chicago, Belle Epoque Paris, and disco era Manhattan. As a journalist, Gioia has contributed to many publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian and Vanity Fair. She is also a visiting lecturer in writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design and DePaul University.

The Lake on Fire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946448231
Availability: On Our Shelves Now, Please Call to Confirm!
Published: Sarabande Books - October 16th, 2018

Event date: 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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