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Stories, both my own and those I ve taken to heart, make up whoever it is that I ve become, Peter Orner writes in this collection of essays about reading, writing, and living Orner reads and writes everywhere he finds himself a hospital cafeteria, a coffee shop in Albania, or a crowded bus in Haiti The result is a book of unlearned meditations that stumbles into memo Stories, both my own and those I ve taken to heart, make up whoever it is that I ve become, Peter Orner writes in this collection of essays about reading, writing, and living Orner reads and writes everywhere he finds himself a hospital cafeteria, a coffee shop in Albania, or a crowded bus in Haiti The result is a book of unlearned meditations that stumbles into memoir Among the many writers Orner addresses are Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, both of whom told their truths and were silenced Franz Kafka, who professed loneliness but craved connection Robert Walser, who spent the last twenty three years of his life in a Swiss insane asylum, working at being crazy and Juan Rulfo, who practiced the difficult art of silence Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Yasunari Kawabata, Saul Bellow, Mavis Gallant, John Edgar Wideman, William Trevor, and V clav Havel make appearances, as well as the poet Herbert Morris about whom almost nothing is known.An elegy for an eccentric late father, and the end of a marriage, Am I Alone Here is also a celebration of the possibility of renewal At once personal and panoramic, this book will inspire readers to return to the essential stories of their own lives.
Peter Orner was born in Chicago and is the author of three novels Esther Stories Houghton Mifflin, 2001 , The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo Little, Brown, 2006 , and his most recent, Love and Shame and Love Little, Brown, 2011 which was recently called epic by Daniel Handler, epic like Gilgamesh, epic like a guitar solo Orner has since bought Gilgamesh and is enjoying it Love and Shame and Love is illustrated throughout by his brother Eric Orner, a comic artist and illustrator whose long time independent alt weekly strip The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green was made into a feature film in 2008 Eric Orner s work is featured this year in Best American Cartoons edited by Alison Bechdel A film version of one of Orner s stories, The Raft, is currently in production and stars Ed Asner.The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller, won the Bard Fiction Prize The novel is being translated into French, Dutch, Italian, and German The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo is set in Namibia where Orner lived and worked in the early 1990 s.Esther Stories was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Pen Hemingway Award and the New York Public Library s Young Lions Award.Orner is also the editor of two non fiction books, Underground America 2008 and Hope Deferred Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives co editor Annie Holmes, 2010 , both published by McSweeney s Voice of Witness, an imprint devoted to using oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world Harper s Magazine wrote, Hope Deferred might be the most important publication out of Zimbabwe in the past thirty years Orner has published fiction in the Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, McSweeney s, The Southern Review, and various other publications Stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and the Pushcart Prize Annual Orner has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations.Orner has taught at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop Visiting Professor, 2011 , University of Montana William Kittredge Visting Writer, 2009 , the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College 2009 Washington University Visiting Hurst Professor, 2008 , Bard College Bard Fiction Prize Fellowship, 2007 , Miami University Visting Professor, 2002 , Charles University in Prague Visting Law Faculty, 2000 Orner is a long time permanent faculty member at San Francisco State where he is an associate professor He would like to divide his time between a lot of places, especially San Francisco and Chicago.
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