Tehila Lieberman and Peter Brown

read from

Venus in the Afternoon

and

A Bright Soothing Noise

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
8
Thursday
November 8, 2012
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

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Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome TEHILA LIEBERMAN, author of Venus in the Afternoon, and PETER BROWN, author of A Bright Soothing Noise. Lieberman and Brown are both recipients of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, Brown in 2010 and Lieberman in 2012, the most recent winner.

The short stories in Tehila Lieberman's debut collection conjure wildly disparate worlds. A middle aged window washer, mourning his wife and an estranged daughter, begins to grow attached to a young woman he sees through the glass; a writer, against his better judgment, pursues a new relationship with a femme fatale who years ago broke his heart; and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor struggles with the delicate decision of whether to finally ask her aging mother how it was that she survived. It is all here—the exigencies of love, of lust, the raw, unlit terrain of grief. Whether plumbing the darker depths or casting a humorous eye on a doomed relationship, these stories never force a choice between tragedy and redemption, but rather invite us into the private moments and crucibles of lives as hungry and flawed as our own.

The title of Peter Brown's collection, A Bright Soothing Noise, refers to the sound that fire makes, promising not only warmth and light but also violence and destruction. Brown’s greatest hero is Frank O’Connor, and like O’Connor’s his stories uncover the final bleakness of a national life but in the same moment glow with its promise of love and life and belonging. Brown’s Americans will try almost anything to connect. They tend to drink too much, to drive too fast, are a little too violent in their passions and even a little too religious. Too often they believe, they trust—and then again they don’t, depending not so much on what’s getting proffered as who’s proffering. They are always on the verge of something better. They only want a little more, only a little too much, and while we as readers want with all our hearts for them to get it, we also fear they might.

Peter Brown
Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Peter Brown works as an IT manager for the Harvard University Economics Department. Along with his fiction, he has published translations from Spanish and French and has received support from the PEN America Center and the French Embassy for his work as a translator. The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded him an artist’s grant in 2006 for his fiction. He also helps edit the journal Salamander and lives in the Boston area.

Tehila Lieberman
Tehila Lieberman

Tehila Lieberman

Tehila Lieberman has won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, the Stanley Elkin Memorial Prize, and the Rick Dimarinis Short Fiction Prize. Her fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Nimrod, the Colorado Review, Salamander and Cutthroat. Her nonfiction has been published in Salon.com and in Travelers’ Tales Guides anthologies, including Best Women’s Travel Writing 2007. Originally from New York, she lived in Jerusalem before settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she consults as a writing coach for Harvard Business School.

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