Northfield Reads! Author Bio

As you have likely heard, author Lorna Landvik will appear at 7 p.m., Friday, May 12, at the Northfield Arts Guild for a reading and book signing for her latest book, Oh My Stars, in conjunction with Northfield Reads!

Northfield Reads! events offer unique opportunities for shared experience with fellow readers. They also present a rare chance to interact with an author. You’ll be able to ask questions not only about the book, but also about Landvik’s career.

Landvik's books have long been popular at River City. But, if you're like me, you may not know much about the woman behind the words. In anticipation of the big event, I went digging for some information to share with those of you who want to make the most of her appearance. Here's a short bio:

Writing and theater were Landvik’s twin passions when she was growing up in Minneapolis. After graduating from high school, she and her best friend traveled in Europe, settling in Bavaria where they supported themselves as hotel chambermaids and English tutors.

When she returned to the States, Landvik briefly attended the University of Minnesota before moving to San Francisco, where she performed stand-up and improvisational comedy. Another move took her to Los Angeles, where she worked as a stand-up comic at the Comedy Store and The Improv, supplementing her income with a variety of temp jobs — including one at the Playboy Mansion (“I felt like Margaret Mead studying a secret society,” she has said) and working for Atlantic Records.

In California, Landvik married her high school sweetheart. Their first daughter was born in 1985. A year later the trio joined the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament.“A thousand people started the march on the West Coast, but we were stranded in the desert and a core group of about 400 decided to go on,” Landvik said. “It ended nine months later with a candlelight vigil at the reflecting pool in Washington D.C.”

After the march, Landvik and her family moved back to Minneapolis and she began working on what was to become her first novel. Their second daughter was born in 1991.Landvik has continued to nurture her interest in theater; appearing with the nationally-acclaimed improvisational group Dudley Riggs, and acting in plays such as “Bad Seed,” “Lunatic Cellmates,” “Valley of the Dolls,” “The Smelt Princess," and “My Backyard Party.”

Landvik made her debut as a novelist with the critically acclaimed Patty Jane’s House of Curl. She is also the author of Your Oasis on Flame Lake, The Tall Pine Polka, and Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.

Northfield Reads! is a communitywide book club sponsored by River City Books, the Carleton and St. Olaf bookstores, and the Northfield Public Library. Anyone can join the club. Landvik’s appearance is free and open to the public.

River City Books is offering “Oh My Stars,” available in paperback, at a 20-percent discount through the event.

Thanks to the Lorna Landvik Web site for bio information used above.

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