April 3, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Meet Steven Wingate, University of Nebraska Press Flyover Fiction Series author of Of Fathers and Fire.
The books in the Flyover Fiction series are set on the Great Plains, a region located in the center of the country and referred to either sentimentally as the Heartland or dismissively as flyover country, a region more clearly defined by what it is not than by what it is. Books in this series actively engage–through plot, character, setting, or theme–with what it means to inhabit this region.
About Of Fathers and Fire – When Richie Thorpe and his ragtag religious band of ex-thieves arrive in the High Plains town of Suborney, Colorado, Tommy Sandor is captivated by the group. It’s the summer of 1980 in the dusty, junkyard town, and the seventeen-year-old is wrestling with the forces shaping America and himself: the Iran hostage crisis, the incoming tide of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, and the political rise of the Christian Right.
As Tommy is increasingly drawn to the group, his mother, Connie, grows frantic. She has been hiding the truth from her son, telling him that his father was a saxophonist from New York who never knew he had a child, and is lying low in Suborney to hide from Tommy’s actual father—Richie Thorpe. Connie knows Richie has come for his son, and though she has witnessed Thorpe’s mysterious powers, the desperation to protect her lie, her son, and their life begets a venom with an elemental power that threatens the whole town.
About Steven Wingate – Steve is an associate professor of English at South Dakota State University, with over two decades worth of experience as a workshop leader, solo presenter, and conference panelist. Since 1995 he has taught creative writing workshops at the university level for the University of Colorado-Boulder, the College of the Holy Cross, and South Dakota State University, where he is currently associate professor of English.
Books available for purchase and autograph!