On October 12th, 2017 the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library (NIDL) is hosting both a Writing Workshop and an Author Visit with Lambda Literary Awarded author David Pratt that will be free to the public.
The Author Visit, at 7:30 pm, will include a reading by the David Pratt from his new novel “Wallaconia” (woll-uh-SO-nee-uh) and copies will be available for purchase and signing.
This event will be held on the IPFW campus in the Helmke Library’s 1st floor reading areaand close parking is at either parking garages 1 or 2. Join us for a pleasant evening with books, nibbles and author David Pratt. (The NIDL would like to thank CS3 or Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits for providing the “nibbles”)
“My name is James Howard Wallace, and I always wanted to be normal.” Every young man should have a mentor. Jim Wallace is about to prove for good and all how “normal” he is when he finds himself getting close to Pat Baxter, his neighbor next door. Pat befriends Jim, reveals to him his own heartbreaking story, and in the end helps him know who he really is and where he wants to go with his life. Along the way, Jim must decide what to tell his parents and his girlfriend, Liz, and he must confront an old acquaintance who unexpectedly comes back into his life.
Praise for Wallaconia:
"Keenly and precisely, Pratt depicts the voyage of a boy who wins his own sense of manhood. A wonder-fully written, original coming-of-age tale." – Michael Graves, Lambda Literary
“Sharp, focused, super-intense, and special. It’s rare to find a novel with such a beautifully rendered friendship between a young gay man and an older mentor. I’ll remember the relationship between Jim and Pat for a long, long time.” —Bill Konigsberg, author of Openly Straight and The Porcupine of Truth
David Pratt won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award for his novel Bob the Book. He published a collection of stories, My Movie, in 2012, and another novel, Looking After Joey, in 2014. Praise for David Pratt’s Work:
For Bob the Book: “A rare and extraordinary accomplishment.”—Lambda Literary
For My Movie: “Character-driven narratives that cannily encapsulate small personal revelations and lead to gratifying endings.”—Lambda Literary; “An important voice in LGBT literature.”—Examiner.com
For Looking After Joey: “The laughs never stop coming; neither do the deep truths this tender book reveals on every page.”—Joel Derfner, author of Swish