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Louisiana
Center for the Book

Celebrating Readers, Writers and Their Books

If you are looking for Information on author submission criteria, follow this link or email the Louisiana Book Festival Office with questions concerning author submissions.

SEND US EMAIL
(225) 219 - 9503
Louisiana Center for the Book
701 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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Geoff Wyss
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Geoff Wyss’s collection of short stories, How, won the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction and was published in 2012.  His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Image, Tin House, and New Stories from the South, among others. His first novel, Tiny Clubs, was published in 2007.

How

Recipient of the Ohio State University Prize for Short Fiction

"Geoff Wyss will stop you in your tracks with his voice, his humor, and a punch-in-the-gut kind of wisdom. These are portraits of deeply flawed human beings who find themselves on embarrassing and confusing paths. Wyss's writing has an exuberance about it, an energy and specificity that draws us in and encourages empathy not only for his characters, but for one another." - Barb Johnson

If every story is born of a question - How did we get here? How do you make your arm do that? - the stories in Geoff Wyss's How search for answers to the mysteries of an astonishing range of characters. The narrator of "How I Come to Be Here at the GasFast" explains why he hasn't left a truck stop in the two days since he scratched a winning lottery ticket. In "How to Be a Winner," a sports consultant browbeats a high school football team with his theory of history and a justification of his failed coaching career. Lost in the mazes they've made of themselves, Wyss's characters search for exits on ground that shifts dizzyingly from humor to pathos, from cynicism to earnestness, from comedy to tragedy, often within the same sentence. Although propelled by a razor-sharp, contemporary voice, Wyss's stories - many set in a New Orleans unknown to television and tourists - have more in common with Chekhov and O'Connor than with Treme.

 

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

House Committee Room 1

Book talk

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1 PM – 1:45 PM

Barnes & Noble Tent

Book Signing