Stevan Allred Reading, Oct. 18

Join us as we welcome local writer Stevan Allred, reading from his new short story collection “A Simplified Map of the Real World.”

His new work is “fifteen linked stories that chart a true course through the lives of families, farmers, loggers, former classmates, and the occasional stripper. In the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon, a man watches his neighbor’s big-screen TV through binoculars. An errant son paints himself silver. Mysterious electrical humming emanates from an enormous barn. Intimate boundaries are loosened by divorce and death in a rural community where even an old pickle crock has an unsettling history—and high above the strife and the hope and the often hilarious, geese seek the perfect tailwind. Stevan Allred’s stunning debut deftly navigates the stubborn geography of the human heart.”

The event is Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Flora Room.

Find out more information about Mr. Allred on his Web site: