Reading: Loren W. Cooper and Larry Baker

Loren W. Cooper is the author of four novels, one short story collection and one nonfiction work. His first novel was nominated for the Endeavor award. He has won the NESFA in 1998 and the EPPIE for Best Anthology in 2001. His fourth novel, CrossTown, will hit bookstores November 14th. He is married with two daughters. He currently lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Favorite authors include Zelazny, Hammet, Steakley, and Catton. Loren Currently works for Hewlett-Packard as a Global Systems Engineering Manager.

Bobby Beaumont is a dying man with a secret. Her name is Ellie. In alternating chapters of From a Distance, Ellie tells her story. Her private life is juxtaposed with chapters telling the public history of Bobby Beaumont. Two different worlds. Those two versions of a shared experience will force a reader to decide which is fact, which is fiction. Larry Baker is an adjunct instructor of American History at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. He is the author of The Flamingo Rising (a Los Angeles Times “Top 100” book for 1997), Athens/America, A Good Man (nominated for “Book of the Year” by the Southeast Independent Booksellers Association), and Love and Other Delusions. He was included on the Iowa Literary Walk of Fame in 2010, and was twice elected to City Council in Iowa City.

10:00 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 at FilmScene, 118 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240