Award-winning short story writer Ann Beattie has been included in five O. Henry Award Collections, and in The Best American Short Stories. Her most recent book ONLOOKERS is an astute story collection about people living in peaceful Charlottesville, Virginia, which drew national attention when white nationalists held a rally there in 2017, a horrific event whose repercussions are still felt today. The stories explore unexpected relationships and affiliations that affirm the value of friendship, even when it requires difficult compromises or unexpected risks. Beattie involves the reader in questions about the nature of community, as the characters grapple with complicated inheritances that are both historical and personal and the realities of their lives interact uneasily with the past.
All speaker series events begin at 6:00 p.m. Speaker Series talks are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Gates open at 5:30. We will make every effort to seat everyone. In case of rain, the event will be held inside the library.