Seré Prince Halverson and Jan Ellison - An Evening in Conversation (San Francisco)

Alaska doesn't forgive mistakes, at least that's what Kachemak Winkel's mother used to tell him. A lot of mistakes were made that awful day twenty years ago, when she died in a plane crash with Kache's father and brother. Kache fled Alaska for good, but now his aunt Snag insists on his return. She admits she hasn't been able to bring herself to check on his family's house in the woods since the accident. Kache is convinced he will find the cabin decaying into a pile of logs, but instead he finds smoke rising from the chimney and a mysterious Russian woman hiding from her own troubled past. Set in the majestic, dangerous beauty of Alaska, All the Winters After is the story of two bound souls trying to free themselves and both searching for family and forgiveness.

Sere Prince Halverson is the international bestselling author of The Underside of Joy, which was published in eighteen languages. She and her husband have four grown children and live in Northern California.

At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in a washed-out California town for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Twenty years later, she is a San Francisco lighting designer and happily married mother of three who has put her reckless youth behind her. Then a photo from that distant winter in Europe arrives inexplicably in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened. Past and present collide, Annie's marriage falters, and her son takes a car ride that ends with his life hanging in the balance. Gripping, insightful, and lyrical, A Small Indiscretion is a story of denial, passion, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love. 

Jan Ellison received her undergraduate degree from Stanford and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She won a 2007 O. Henry Prize for her first published story. Her second story received special mentions in the Best American Short Stories 2007 and the 2008 Pushcart Prize anthology. Her work has appeared in the New England Review, The Hudson Review, Gulf Coast Magazine, Smokelong Quarterly and Narrative Magazine, and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories. She lives near San Francisco with her family.


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