Lowell-based fiction writer Stephen O’Connor will be appearing at the Arts League of Lowell at 22 Shattuck Street on Sunday, April 17 at 4:00pm. O’Connor’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals. He is the author of Smokestack Lightning, a collection of short stories set mainly in Lowell, and The Spy in the City of Books, a novel that combines elements of the mystery and spy-thriller genres.
“Emotional, rich word craft, Stephen O’Connor’s short stories continue to evoke a strong response and a solid following of readers at The Houston Literary Review.” –Bill Brocatto The Houston Literary Review
“Stephen O’Connor made three appearances in The Massachusetts Review during my years as editor, including “Love Is the Crooked Thing” in the Fiftieth Anniversary issue. He’s funny, mysterious, tough yet romantic – like everybody from Lowell, I guess …” –David Lenson, The Massachusetts Review
“The Spy in the City of Books is beautifully written with lots of OSS/Resistance detail. The characters have breath, movement, and originality. An unforgettable debut novel.” –Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lucinda Franks