The Goodbye House

The Garden of the World

Meet author Lawrence Coates

The Goodbye House

Thursday, March 9, 2017
4:00 p.m.
California History Center

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Lawrence Coates

Come hear Lawrence Coates, author and Professor of creative writing at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Coates has published five books, all set in Northern California. His work has been recognized with the Western States Book Award in Fiction, the Donald Barthelme Prize in Short Prose, the Miami University Press Novella Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. His latest book, set in the suburban scene of our region, is The Goodbye House.

Beginning in the post-World War II era, housing development in the Santa Clara Valley has largely been on the suburban model – communities of homes within a linear parkland. While the original suburbs were designed with near utopian ends, as a combination of the benefits of urban living with the charms of nature, they have frequently been denounced as a “Geography of Nowhere,” a place where the traditional connections of community life have been lost. Lawrence Coates will discuss the origins of suburban space that lay deep within American culture, and also how those have played out in present-day Silicon Valley, based on the research that underpinned his latest novel, The Goodbye House. Read more on the author's website.


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