Karen Joy Fowler to Speak About Her Newest Novel: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Media Advisory
June 15, 2015

WHAT:  Bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler will be speaking about her newest novel: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves during this free author visit at the Milpitas Library, co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Library District and the Milpitas Library Book Club.

WHO:  Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Fowler and her family moved to Palo Alto, California when she was 11 years old.  She attended the University of California, Berkeley where she majored in political science.  However, it wasn’t until Fowler attended a creative writing workshop offered through the Davis Art Center in Davis, California that her writing career began.   Her first publication of Artificial Things (1986) was followed by the novels Sarah Canary (1991) and The War of the Roses (1991). Her writing career has continued to flourish with numerous publications including Peripheral Vision (1990), The Sweetheart Season (1996), Sister Noon (2001), Black Glass (1997), The Jane Austen Book Club (2004) and Wit’s End (2008).  Fowler has won several awards including the 2004 and 2008 Nebula Award, 2009 Shirley Jackson Award, and the 2010 World Fantasy Award. Currently, Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and seven grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California.

WHEN:                 Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Milpitas Library
                             160 N. Main Street
                             Milpitas, CA 95035

The event is free and open to the public.  No reservations required.

Karen Joy Fowler will be available for book signings following the lecture.  Copies of Fowler’s books will be available for purchase at the event, including her newly reissued collection of short stories Black Glass.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Fowler and her newest novel: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was the recipient of the Pen/Faulkner Award (2014) and nominated for the 2014 Nebula Award and the 2014 Man Booker Prize.  Fowler also won the 2014 Specsavers National Book Awards “International Author of the Year” for her literary works.  Fowler’s newest novel: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, centers around eighteen-year-old Rosemary Cooke who evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and then forced removal of a beloved family member and a sister to Rosemary. 

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Santa Clara County Library District
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