The Lake on Fire is bestselling author Rosellen Brown's absolutely stunning new novel about Chicago at the time of the Colombian Exposition that reads as if it were written by one of the great 19th century novelists--Eliot, Tolstoy, Dickens all come to mind. It's a Cinderella story that knows not to be a Cinderella story and it takes you into the heart of a Chicago teeming with poverty, crime, money, greed, do-gooding, and ambition--a long-lost Chicago that gave birth to what the city is today.
Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Hyde Park.
Tonight she’ll be in conversation with Sharon Solwitz, author most recently of Once, In Lourdes. She teaches fiction at Purdue University and lives in Chicago with her husband, poet Barry Silesky. Her collection of stories, Blood and Milk, won the Carl Sandburg Prize from Friends of the Chicago Public Library, the prize for adult fiction from the Society of Midland Authors, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.