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BookPeople presents: A reading with Carolyn Osborn

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Award-winning Texas author Carolyn Osborn returns to BookPeople this afternoon with a nwe collection of short stories all based around a single family. Over two decades int he making, these distinctive Southern stories touch on the fading morality of the nineteenth century, the particulars of family, and the failures and triumphs of love. Osborn is a UT alum and the author of multiple acclaimed books.

About Where We Are Now:

Where We Are Now is a collection of stories that Carolyn Osborn has developed over two decades about a single family, the Moores. Marianne, the main narrator of these stories about her mother's family, says, "The truth is sometimes a poor, sad thing — wax fruit melted in an attic, a lone mule wandering on the front lawn, a mute player piano — a few insubstantial fragments. All we could do was grab hold and make something more of them." In the beginning story, "The Greats," her relatives are so distant Marianne can only give brief glimpses of these "eccentric, willful, mysterious Moores." "The Grands," an O. Henry Prize story, first introduced readers to many of the characters who inhabit Where We Are Now. By knowing the Moores, we begin to know Marianne who tries to understand them. Curious as she is, she must continually accept the mystery of reality. Aware of the need for family mythology, she orders her world as best she can with what she is given by reacting, reflecting, inventing and enlarging on the "fragments." Other narrators reveal omissions Marianne can never know. Marianne's life and the lives of the Moores have a definitely southern flavor. They mirror fading nineteenth century morality, an acceptance of eccentricity, a habit of story-telling, a strong consciousness of place, and the influence as well as the particularity of family. These stories are also attempts to show the failures and triumphs of love, the necessity of forgiveness, and the usefulness of different sorts of families.

About Carolyn Osborn:

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Carolyn Osborn moved to Texas when she was twelve. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, radio writer, and English teacher at the University of Texas at Austin. Best known for her short stories, she is also an essay writer. Her work appears in many literary magazines. Three of her short story collections have been published: A Horse of Another Color, The Fields of Memory, and Warriors and Maidens. The Book Club of Texas chose to publish a limited edition of one story, The Grands, as the first book in its New Texas Fiction series. She has published two novels, Uncertain Ground and Contrary People. She was one of the founders of the Texas Book Festival, which began in 1996, and from 2000-2002 she served as president of the Texas Institute of Letters. Her stories have been awarded prizes by P.E.N., the Texas Institute of Letters, and one was selected for the O. Henry Awards. In 2003 she was given the Antioch Review’s Distinguished Prose Award. She lives and writes in Austin.

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