The OSU Literary Northwest Reading Series presents a reading by John Larison.
Thursday, November 3
The Valley Library, Main Floor Rotunda
Free and Open to the Public
Book-signing to Follow
Larison has lots of noteworthy jacket blurbs for his books, but we’re going to post our own:
Northwest of Normal Review: I’ve been waiting for this book, and yet there was a natural reluctance to pick up and read a novel that presumes to describe my world, my life, my experiences, as Larison has done in Northwest of Normal. I was ready to hate it, but I ended up loving it. And I hope he keeps writing novels, because I want more.
The Complete Steelheader Review: John Larison’s The Complete Steelheader has changed the way I fish more than any other book I’ve read. There are lots of other books out there that have had an effect on my life, fishing philosophy, etc. But no other book actually changed the way I approach the mechanics of the sport.
Holding Lies Review: This book is about asking why we fish. It’s about the wedge fishing can drive between an angler and family – between fishing and everything else really. Because you can lose yourself in the river. It asks the question of whether or not it’s worth it – whether we’re wasting our lives fishing. Torturing small animals and letting them go. Larison’s book captures the nuances of these questions beautifully, and asks you to come up with your own answers.
John Larison is an instructor at OSU, a river steward for the Native Fish Society, and the Northwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman magazine. His first novel, Northwest of Normal, was heralded by the Denver Post as “a first-rate contribution to the novels of the West.” His new novel, Holding Lies, has been praised by reviewers, including the New York Journal of Books, which called Larison’s prose “worthy of comparison to that of Jim Harrison, Howard Frank Mosher, and Michael Ondaatje.” He lives with his family in Corvallis.
See you tonight! Be there.