Between the Covers welcomes Oregon author and creative writing teacher, Stevan Allred. His debut linked short story collection, A Simplified Map of the Real World, is the first fiction release of local publisher, Forest Avenue Press. Fifteen linked stories chart a true course through the lives of families, farmers, loggers and former classmates in the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon.
"In A Simplified Map of the Real World, 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."
"A Simplified Map of the Real World launches Forest Avenue Press’ fiction catalog. Stevan, who co-teaches creative writing at the Pinewood Table with Joanna Rose, is the editor of the hand-lettered zine Dixon Ticonderoga. His fiction and essays have been widely published in literary journals. The book features illustrations by Laurie Paus, a bookseller at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, as well as a hand-drawn Faulknerian map and “story trees” that diagram the connections between the characters."
Leigh Anne Kranz hosts.