Department of Languages and Literatures

O'Loughlin Book Launch and Reading

Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2017

L&L's Jim O'Loughlin will read from his new collection of flash fiction, Dean Dean Dean Dean, on Friday, February 3 at noon in the Thompson Commons (Bartlett 081) as part of the Writers Talk series. O'Loughlin is an Associate Professor of Languages & Literatures and the host of the Final Thursday Reading Series. Many of the stories in Dean Dean Dean Dean began as open mic pieces for that series.  

O’Loughlin, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa, says about flash fiction, “Here’s the thing: you will often find people who reluctantly admit that flash fiction is okay, maybe, because young people have such short attention spans now. What people? The generation that grew up reading the Harry Potter series, even the will-break-your-toe-if-you-drop-it fifth book? Readers don’t have a problem with long works. The issue is that many readers now process information quickly and have less tolerance for windy prose. Flash fiction speaks to that audience, and it is not afraid to fight for them in the arena of contemporary media.”

There will be a second release reading for Dean Dean Dean Dean at Octopus on College Hill on Monday, February 6 at 7 p.m.