Books: Q&A with local author Lynn Sloan

Lynne Sloan, based in Evanston, is a writer and photographer. her first novel, Navigation principlesselected for the 2015 Chicago Book Review’s Best Books, and her second novel, middle of the roadpublished in 2022 and called “luminous” by Foreword Reviews.

She is the author of the story collection This is not far away. An art book that showcases her flash imagination, titled fortune cookies, It was produced by Lark Sparrow Press in 2022.

Her short novels have appeared in Plowshares, Shenandoah, and American Literary Fiction, and have been included in the NPR Selected Short Film Collection. A graduate of Northwestern University, with a master’s degree in photography from the Design Institute, formerly the New Bauhaus, her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

For many years she taught photography in the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University in Chicago, where she founded Occasional readings in photography and contributed to after the pictureAnd the art week And the exposure before turning to fiction writing.

Bookends & Beginnings asked a number of questions to Sloan for the round table; Here are her edited responses.

Describe your cocktail party for middle of the road: It’s the summer of 1974, Chicago. Polly Wainwright believes she’s finally landed somewhere safe in a turbulent world – anti-war protests, vociferous feminists, and old ways that falter when she finds every decision she makes is based on a lie.

Lynn Sloan attributed to him: Presenter

When you realize you want to be an author: In my first career, I was a fine art photographer. While I continue to love the pictures, I wanted to go under the surface of the events. I wanted to explore the insides of characters and relationships. For this, nothing beats imagination.

Your first published work: When I was a professor at Columbia University, I contributed articles and art reviews to after the pictureAnd the art week And the exposure. At the same time, around 1990, I started writing stories. It was first published in The Roanoke Review, a small literary magazine associated with Roanoke College. Since then, my stories have been featured in many great magazines and have been included in NPR’s Selected shorts. my story collection This is not far away It appeared in 2018.

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