Fireside Reading Series: Gary Eldon Peter
Gary Eldon Peter
This season, we’re asking our Fireside authors to talk about what “home” means to them. Our goal is to complement the citywide conversation happening this winter as part of Read Brave Saint Paul, an intergenerational reading program whose 2019 theme is housing.
About the Book:
Winner of the 2016 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project competition in prose, this debut short story collection traverses the life of Michael, a gay man from the Midwest who must find his own confusing path to adulthood after personal loss. Michael is confronted with a number of challenges, including coming to terms with his sexuality in the age of AIDS, facing his family’s difficulties accepting him, dealing with the death of his mother and the aging of his father, and starting over after losing a partner. Novelistic in scope, Oranges is about the never-ending search for connection, validation, intimacy, and, above all, love.
About the Author:
Peter’s short stories have appeared in Callisto,Water~Stone Review, Great River Review, and other publications. His awards include a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers/Loft Award in Creative Prose as well as two Minnesota State Arts Board grants. Peter holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College as well as a JD from William Mitchell College of Law and has worked as a judicial law clerk and as a lawyer in private law practice. He is currently a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches courses in writing and in law and popular culture to both undergraduate and graduate students.
About the Series
With cookies in one hand and coffee in the other, enjoy six weeks of free readings at Hamline Midway Library. The Fireside Reading Series, one of The Friends’ oldest and most popular events, annually highlights the work of some of Minnesota’s finest writers who have published a new work in the previous year. Programs are accompanied by coffee, cider, cookies, and book signings. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Full Fireside Series
Wednesday, January 23
Sarah Stonich, Laurentian Divide
Wednesday, January 30
Wang Ping, Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi
Wednesday, February 6
Gary Eldon Peter, Oranges
Wednesday, February 13
Heid E. Erdrich & Gwen Westerman, New Poets of Native Nations
Wednesday, February 20
Martin Case, The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property
Wednesday, February 27
Karen Babine, All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer