Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Andrew Krivak

Events: Breakfast with the Authors 2017 (Tickets $20) SOLD OUT

Book: The Signal Flame

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Andrew Krivak’s debut novel, The Sojurn, was a finalist for the National Book Award and also won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Chautauqua Prize. He is a graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, as well as the writing program at Columbia University and holds a Ph.D. from Rutger’s University.

The National Book Award Judges said of The Sojurn “Some writers are good at drawing a literary curtain over reality, and then there are writers who raise the veil and lead us to see for the first time. Krivák belongs to the latter. The Sojourn, about a war and a family and coming-of-age, does not present a single false moment of sentimental creation. Rather, it looks deeply into its characters’ lives with wisdom and humanity, and, in doing so, helps us experience a distant past that feels as if it could be our own.”

Krivak’s second novel, The Signal Flame, tells the heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War. It is a stirring exploration— the second stand-alone novel in a trilogy that began with The Sojurn—of generations of men and the events that define them, brothers who take different paths, the old Euoprean values yielding to new world ways, and the convalescence of memory and war.

The Boston Globe described The Signal Flame as “a satisfying act of conjuration, the sine qua non of realistic fiction: a vivid rendering of felt life.”