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Paul Madonna | Come to Light - ONLINE

We are looking forward to the conversation between Paul Madonna, author of Come to Light and Dartmouth Professor, Peter Orner.

p madonna in studioAward-winning artist and author Paul Madonna has created an electrifying mystery novel full of unexpected plot twists, lively characters, and over one hundred drawings. Presented in an innovative three-volume boxed set, Come to Light is a gripping page-turner that weaves an intoxicating tale of love, murder, books and art. Replete with strikingly rendered drawings that bring this intriguing novel to life, Come to Light is the thrilling follow-up to the adventures of Emit Hopper, which debuted in Close Enough for the Angels.

He writes "For myself, and for many creative people, life is inspiration. Be it natural beauty, events, or emotions, the experience of being alive informs the stories we tell, the music we compose, and the drawings we make. I loved the idea of an artist finding themselves in a complicated mystery, then having their art reflect their experience. This is the premise for Emit's character. The art we see is not the art he set out to make, but the art the story events inspired--or more appropriately, provoked--him to make."

Paul Madonna's unique blend of drawing and storytelling has been heralded as an "all new art form." He is the creator of the series All Over Coffee, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for twelve years, and the author of five books. Paul's work ranges from novels to cartoons to large-scale public murals, and can be found internationally in print as well as in galleries and museums. Paul was a founding editor for, has taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

p ornerPeter Orner, a two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, is the author of six books, including the acclaimed Maggie Brown and Other Stories, recently released in paperback. His memoir Am I Alone Here? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Tin House, and Granta, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fullbright to Namibia, Orner holds the Darmouth Professorship of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Norwich Bookstore
Norwich, VT
Come to Light Cover Image
ISBN: 9781513263052
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Published: West Margin Press - October 6th, 2020

Featured as a LitHub/CrimeReads "Daily Thrill".

Maggie Brown & Others: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316516129
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 28th, 2020

In this powerful and virtuosic collection of interlocking stories, each one "a marvel of concision and compassion" (Washington Post), a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and "master of his form" (New York Times) takes the short story to new heights.
Through forty-four compressed gems, Peter Orner, a writer who

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ISBN: 9781513260815
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Published: Petty Curse Books - September 5th, 2017

Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder--twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he's drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with a dark past.