Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Writer's Block Bookstore and Quantum Leap Winery present: Steve Kistulentz

Wine, Wisdom and Words Reading Series
Location: Quantum Leap Winery
1312 Wilfred Drive, Orlando FL
Date: April 26th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


Writer’s Block Bookstore is delighted to partner with Quantum Leap Winery presenting the second author in our series of book talks, Wine ◊ Wisdom ◊ Words. On April 26th, at 6:30PM. Join us as we celebrate the publication of his debut novel, PANORAMA. A discussion and signing will round out the evening!

About the book: In PANORAMA, debut novelist Steve Kistulentz traverses the rich inner lives of his increasingly connected cast of characters, from the very passengers of the flight to the unknowing crew on the ground to innocent passersby. Richard MacMurray, a cable news talking head who must take stock of his own life when the crash transforms from just another tragedy gone viral, lives a distinct before and after. In masterly fashion, Steve Kistulentz manages to craft exacting and intimate portraits of human loss all while capturing the expansive, dizzying scope of public tragedy and grief.

Praise for PANORAMA by Steve Kistulentz

“An interesting delve into lives that haven’t exactly gone as planned … Readers of character-driven fiction who appreciate a happy ending will enjoy this.”—Booklist

“It has been said that a good novelist is also by default a first-rate sociologist and psychologist, too—along with being a magician. In sharp, smart prose, Steve Kistulentz portrays the terrible strands of tragedy. The result is an engrossing, powerful, capacious novel, and a very impressive debut.”—Richard Bausch, PEN/Malamud Award–winning author of Peace

“Written with an intimate precision, Panorama brings tremendous compassion to people we take for granted and the circumstances we ignore beyond the momentary surface. This book, with its enormous ambition, serves to remind us that it’s necessary and human to feel.”
— Chris Offutt, author of Kentucky Straight

About the author: Steve Kistulentz, “a writer to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) will be reading from his debut novel PANORAMA, which was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 and has been called  “a great and promising debut novel” (Washington Book Review) and “a deeply moving meditation on the nature of family and home and a celebration of our redeeming capacity for optimism in the face of tragedy, hardship, and loss” (Library Journal). He is the director of the graduate creative writing program at Saint Leo University in Florida and now lives in Tampa. Prior to that, he spent fifteen years working in national politics in his hometown of Washington, D.C.

About Quantum Leap Winery: Quantum Leap is a local winery with a global reach and sustainable focus, and the only sustainable winery in Orlando. Committed to bringing quality, environmentally-friendly wines at a great value to the community. Quantum Leap is open for tastings, tours, and retail wine purchases Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 to 8PM—and is also a great venue for private events!

About Writer's Block Bookstore: We are Central Florida’s local, full-service, independent community bookstore, in beautiful downtown Winter Park. Serving the Orlando area since 2014, we have all your favorites, New York Times best-sellers, and Indie Next picks. We host author events, monthly book clubs, coordinate author school visits and offer discounts for educators and loyalty club members.

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