The Off Campus Writers' Workshop presents Peter Orner

We are so pleased to support the Off Campus Writers' Workshop, as they host Peter Orner, author most recently of Still No Word From You: Notes in the Margin, coming October 11th. He will be presenting a talk called Indelible (Inactive?) at The Winnetka Community House. This is a ticketed program for writers. Click here to learn more about the program, and to register. 

Pre-order Still No Word From You from The Book Stall, an independent bookshop based in Winnetka, IL, and we'll deliver your copy to you at the Winnetka Community House on the day of the workshop. 

Type "OCWW" in the Order Comments section of the online order form, and we'll know to bring your copy to the Community House.  We'll have a limited number of extra copies with us that day to sell on site, as well as several of Mr. Orner's previous titles. 

About the Book:  From the acclaimed fiction writer about whom Dwight Garner of The New York Times wrote, "You know from the second you pick him up that he's the real deal," comes Still No Word from You, a unique chain of essays and intimate stories that meld the lived life and the reading life. For Orner, there is no separation. Covering such well-known writers as Lorraine Hansberry, Primo Levi, and Marilynne Robinson, as well as other greats like Maeve Brennan and James Alan McPherson, Orner's highly personal take on literature alternates with his own true stories of loss and love, hope and despair. In his mother's copy of A Coney Island of the Mind, he's stopped short by a single word in the margin, "YES!"--which leads him to conjure his mother at twenty-three. He stops reading Penelope Fitzgerald's The Beginning of Spring three quarters of the way through because he knows that finishing the novel will leave him bereft. Orner's solution is to start again from the beginning to slow the inevitable heartache.

Still No Word from You is a book for anyone for whom reading is as essential as breathing.

About the Author: Peter Orner is the author of the novels The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love and the story collections Esther StoriesLast Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, and Maggie Brown & Others. His previous collection of essays, Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. A three-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, Orner's work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney's, and has been translated into eight ¬≠languages. He has been awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, the California Book Award for fiction, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish fiction, as well as a Fulbright in Namibia. He is the director of creative writing at Dartmouth College and lives with his family in Norwich, Vermont.

Event date: 

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Event address: 

Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Avenue
Winnetka, IL 60093
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Still No Word from You: Notes in the Margin By Peter Orner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646221363
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Catapult - October 11th, 2022

A new collection of pieces on literature and life by the author of Am I Alone Here?, a finalist for the NBCC Award for Criticism