Lauren Korn is a recent graduate of the University of Montana, where she studied Creative Writing, Literature, Literature & the Environment, and Wilderness Studies. You can find her at both F&F locations and at many of the off-site bookselling events. Her favorite authors include Roberto Bolaño, Haruki Murakami, César Aira, Janet Malcolm, and Gregory Martin. (Lauren's the one to see for poetry picks, too!) Search for #LolosLit on Instagram to find out what she's reading!
Patti Smith's elegiac text is dripping with nostalgia – beautiful. She is a poet, and she wasted not one line reminding us of that. Her descriptions of New York squalor aren't off-putting but optimistic, easy arguments for the beauty that lies below the grime and frustration, the opportunities (not to be wasted or forgotten) behind every hand-shake. Beyond Smith's love for the city that shaped her talent is the love she shared with Mapplethorpe, a tumultuous love that one can easily empathize with and a love that should be shared. A book for every music lover – a great gift for dear friends.
The town of Mountain City, Nevada, could very easilly be a town in rural Montana. Gregory Martin writes with such an astounding sense of place and with a unconditional, almost inherent, love for the landscape(s) and the people he is illuminating in Mountain City. Your new favorite book. Promise.