02/16 Reading and Q&A with author William Luvaas
Join us for a reading and discussion with acclaimed author William Luvaas!
William Luvaas’ new book Ashes Rain Down: A Story Cycle from Spuyten Duyvil Press comes out in early February 2013. Luvaas’ novels are being reissued as ebooks by Foreverland Press in November 2012, and he has published over fifty stories in periodicals and anthologies. Three stories in his new collection have won awards: “Ashes Rain Down” won first place in Glimmer Train’s Winter 07-08 Fiction Open Contest, “Family Life” won The Ledge Magazine’s 2010 Fiction Competition, and “Out There” won Hon-oracle Mention in Carpe Articulum’s 2010 International Fiction Award Series; and “Heat Wave” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
These ten stories explore what life might be like after several decades of global warming, extreme weather events, epidemics, and collapse of the world economy and social order. They are set in two isolated California communities where ordinary people try to survive and keep some semblance of order and meaning in lives stressed by environmental and social apocalypse in a future that seems like a return to the past. While characters confront marauders, drought, food and water shortages, wild fires, and exotic diseases, these stories are essentially about people dealing with personal conflicts and challenges, with the larger environmental issues providing a dramatic backdrop against which their lives play out. Each story presents a new crisis, with collective troubles reflected in individual troubles as holocaust in the outside world engenders personal holocaust. Stories share the same characters and locales, so it is both a story collection and something of a novel.
“Ashes Rain Down is holy-smokes brilliant, ten connected stories of the apocalypse that are sharp and filthy and gut-bustingly funny to boot. I’ve been shouting it for years, but now I’ll shout it louder: William Luvaas, my friends, is a wild-eyed genius.”
– Lauren Groff, author of The Monsters of Templeton, Delicate Edible Birds, and Arcadia
“Ashes Rain Down is a perfect title for this collection, which captures the landscape of this place, where ashes do rain down in a terrible and comical and beautiful way….The people who populate this book are singular, hilarious, melancholy, but always compelling and always right on target. The voices are enjoyable and Mr. Luvaas knows them well.”
– Susan Straight, Author of Between Heaven and Here and Highwire Moon
William Luvaas is an award winning fiction writer and writing instructor. His novels include The Seductions of Natalie Bach (Little, Brown) and Going Under (Putnam)–both out as Ebooks from Foreverland Press. His story collection, A Working Man’s Apocrypha was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His new collection, Ashes Rain Down: A Story Cycle is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press (Feb. 2013) He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Fiction; his story “Ashes Rain Down” won first place in Glimmer Train’s Winter Fiction Open Contest, “Out There” won first place in The Ledge Magazine’s fiction Competition, and “The Firewood Wars” was Co-Winner of Fiction Network’s 2nd National Fiction Competition. He has published over 50 stories in many publications, including The American Fiction Anthology, Antioch Review, The Calif. Desert Anthology, Confrontation, Glimmer Train, Grain Mag., North American Review, Paraspheres (anthology), Short Story, Stand Mag., The Sun, Texas Review, Thema, The Village Voice, and The Washington Post Book World. He has taught writing at San Diego State Univ., UC-Riverside, The Writers Voice in New York, and UCLA’s Writer’s Program.