Liz Prato introduced Stevan Allred Monday night at Annie Bloom’s Books by sharing an outtake from the interview she did with him for the Los Angeles Review. (Read the published interview here.) It was a lovely, personal approach that set the tone for the whole evening.
An overflow crowd of about 35 people listened to Stevan read “A Gentleman, Under These Circumstances, Has No Idea,” the last of fifteen stories in his collection, A Simplified Map of the Real World. After questions from the audience, Stevan asked everyone what they thought the future would be like for Ned and Annie, the story’s protagonists. The result was like sitting in on a master class about point of view, with different opinions being aired by writers, readers, and the general public. Stevan was quick to say that at this moment, with the book in the world, readers’ perceptions are as valid as what he intended as the author.
Special thanks to Annie Bloom’s for hosting this magical event. There are a few signed copies of the book still at the cash register, so stop by, or you can buy one online. Forest Avenue Press loves supporting local bookstores, because we’re so community oriented with our mission to publish Oregon writers and with our focus on events. And if you want to learn more about how Annie Bloom’s played an integral role in Laura Stanfill’s decision to start Forest Avenue Press and to publish Oregon writers, read more in the Southwest Community Connection.