May 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Decorah author Keith Lesmeister and Minneapolis author Peter Geye will read from their new fiction.

“The Middlewesterners in Keith Lesmeister's charming collection We Could've Been Happy Here share more in common with Ethan and Joel Coen's Fargo than any of Willa Cather's stalwart pioneers. But these characters and their stories are perfectly authentic, hilarious, and offbeat. This collection is the genuine article.”—Nickolas Butler  Lesmeister’s writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, Harpur Palate, Meridian, Redivider, River Teeth, The Good Men Project, and Tin House Open Bar. He received his M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars. He teaches at Northeast Iowa Community College.

Peter Geye will read from Wintering, “A book about love and revenge, families and small towns, history and secrets . . . a deftly layered and beautifully written novel that owes as much to William Faulkner and it does to Jack London.  . . . Wintering is a remarkable portrait of the role that one’s environment—and neighbors—can play in shaping character and destiny.” —Skip Horack  Peter Geye is the author of Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road. He lives in Minneapolis.

“The last time I read a literary thriller so profound Cormac McCarthy’s name was on its spine. But Peter Geye is his own man and Wintering is as unique and menacingly beautiful as its Minnesota borderlands setting.” —Richard Russo