On Sunday, November 15th at 4 pm, you are warmly invited to a Zoom Book Party for The Outlook for Earthlings with our friend, Joan Frank, well-known local author and essayist and in conversation with Patrick Fanning, President of OCA’s Board of Directors. Watch a recording of the event on YouTube with this link!
The Outlook for Earthlings tracks the trajectory of a problematic friendship over a lifetime between two women of opposite natures. Their friendship suggests to each a final frontier, a saving sanctuary. Yet at its core each woman takes a secret, moral offense at the other’s inmost nature-and her choices. Against the deadline of the illness which is slowly destroying one of them, a reckoning must occur.
Earthlings considers the limits of friendship-and of witnessing. It asks how we may finally measure a life-and who should do the measuring.
Joan is the author of ten books of literary fiction and nonfiction. WHERE YOU’RE ALL GOING: FOUR NOVELLAS won the 2018 Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction. TRY TO GET LOST: ESSAYS ON TRAVEL AND PLACE, published the same month, won the 2018 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. A MacDowell, VCCA, and Vermont Studio Center Fellow, Joan’s work has received many honors and awards, including the Juniper Prize for the Novel and two ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards. Joan also reviews literary fiction and nonfiction for the Washington Post . She lives in Santa Rosa.
‘Earthlings offers the gift of Joan Frank’s gorgeous, limpid prose exploring vast and nuanced constellations of human love. Frank’s characters gracefully reveal how choices are made, accrue to shape and define our lives-yet how forgiveness may also allow us to transcend those very limitations.’
~Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor’s Cafe
Joan will share from selected readings, followed by an informal conversation with Patrick Fanning.
Pat’s first career was in publishing. In 1979 he co-founded New Harbinger Publications. His previous novels are Infidels Abroad, Rejuvenation, and Geoffrey Doover. His second career is in art. He was one of the founders of the Graton Gallery, paints mostly in watercolor, and has taught watercolor classes in the states and occasionally abroad in Costa Rica or Italy. He often travels with his sketchbook, which resulted in a recent book, “Travel Sketching.” He is the President of OCA’s Board of Directors and has been most recently involved in the construction of the new lobby for the OCA auditorium.
NOTA BENE: Due to fire season, this event may be re-scheduled. Please check our website as the date approaches.