Lorna Landvik's House of Fun Monday in Osceola
by Jan Haralson
Friend of the OPL
OSCEOLA - If you haven’t laughed this week, the kind of laugh that pops out when you are caught off guard by a twist of thought and personal perspective, then prepare to meet author and humorist Lorna Landvik, April 8.
Landvik will appear at the Cornerstone in Osceola Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. Author of eight published books, comedian, pubic speaker, playwright, stage actress and lover of fun, Landvik captures the essence of human nature and our need for relationship in her novels.
Through appearances at book clubs and community groups, blog postings, twits and tweets, and the Q-and-A sections at the back of her books, she shares with her reading community how her ideas germinate and where her characters are born. Entertaining and insightful, Landvik has been asked to emcee the Minnesota Book Awards in Minneapolis later this April.
A personal goal of Landvik’s is to build community among readers.
“I am intrigued by readers. The germ of it is that reading is so important. So much of today is electronic media. People forget about the satisfaction of having a book in their lap and taking off into a whole new world.”
A few observations from the author:
• Commenting on her novel, “Your Oasis on Flame Lake,” “People often ask me how I can write in a man's voice and I say, ‘It's easy—I just put on some old underwear, start scratching myself and yell at my spouse to make me a sandwich.’"
• “‘Oh My Stars,’ set in the Depression — the Great Depression, not my own personal one — is about Violet Mathers, a character who is handicapped in many ways. It's about love, friendship, acceptance and the beginnings of rock ‘n roll. My older daughter, an eighth-grader at the time and a very discerning reader, told me I was ‘no F. Scott Fitzgerald’ but she says this is her favorite of my books.”
• “Usually a book begins for me with the appearance of the main characters in my head and usually, I can remember where I was or what I was doing when they made their appearance. Not so for ‘The View From Mount Joy.’ If I were a more careful chronicler, if I kept a journal or if I had a better memory — really, my powers of recall couldn't activate a night light — I could tell you this, but the genesis for this book will just have to go mysteriously unexplained.”
• “My characters dictate to me what they do for a living and the era they live in. Then I’ll research to make that time and profession believable. Fortunately I’ve yet to have a character who tells me she’s an astrophysicist living in another galaxy in the year 10.002.”
A Minneapolis native, Landvik’s life experience includes touring Europe as an 18-year-old, supporting her travel as a hotel chambermaid and English instructor; a brief stint at the U of Minnesota; and relocating to San Francisco and Los Angeles where she performed stand-up comedy at the Comedy Store and the Improv.
She supplemented her income with a variety of temp jobs — including one at the Playboy Mansion, —“I felt like Margaret Mead studying a secret society” — and scouting bands for Atlantic Records.
In 1985 Landvik, her husband and daughter joined the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament, beginning in California and walking across the United States to arrive in Washington, D.C., nine months later. Since then she and her family have lived in Minneapolis.
Landvik will appear at the Cornerstone Gathering Place, 338 Third Ave., Osceola, Monday, April 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge. This event is sponsored by the Osceola Public Library and the Friends of the Osceola Public Library.