Simon Van Booy
Prairie Lights – Sunday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m.
Let the swooning commence. Literary heartthrob Simon Van Booy is set to yet again grace the podium of Prairie Lights, this time to read from his new novel The Illusion of Separateness. Van Booy is the Frank O’Connor Prize-winning author of the short story collection Love Begins in Winter and his widely-heralded debut, The Secret Lives of People in Love.
Van Booy is an unapologetically romantic writer, which is refreshing in a literary landscape that often shuns the sentimental in favor of the graphically, violently “real.” His writing expresses no doubt that love is a profound and worthwhile topic, and his stories spin yearning into magic, elevating the loves lost and found in everyday lives. Through his deft, clear prose Van Booy creates characters who dignify heartbreak, validate euphoria and elicit respect for emotions all too often relegated to pop-song cliche.
If you have yet to attend one of Van Booy’s spellbinding readings, your chance arrives on Sunday, June 16 at 4 p.m. It’s quite likely that the boy you haven’t seen since you slow-skated at Super Skate in 1988 will be sitting two seats down from you, or that you will lock eyes with a dark-eyed woman who will forever alter the course of your future, so we highly recommend you don’t miss it.