'Beautiful Fools' author at library

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CSI Media staff | February 27, 2015

LAKE GENEVA — On Friday, March 6, the Lake Geneva Public Library will host Chicago-based novelist R. Clifton Spargo for a free community event. Spargo will speak about the process of writing his new book, “Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald.”

The author will draw parallels between the lives of the Fitzgeralds in his story with the two main characters of Fitzgerald's classic novel, “The Great Gatsby,” written in 1925. The event is free and open to the public; no registration required.

Spargo's novel imagines the missing, final chapter in the tragic romance of one of America's great literary couples. “Beautiful Fools” is the story of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald's last trip together to save their passionate but ill-fated marriage; a heartbreaking testament to the limitlessness of hope.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the doctoral program in literature at Yale University, Sparg is a past winner of Glimmer Train's Award for New Writers and its Fiction Open Contest.

He also is the cultural critic who writes the blog “The HI/LO,” on the interplay between high and low culture, for the Huffington Post.

“The Great Gatsby” is the book selection for the Whitewater Young Auditorium's 2015 ReadEasy community reading project. The goal of the ReadEasy is to provide an opportunity for the UW-Whitewater campus and community at large to participate in activities and engage in discussion related to a common read.

In this case, “The Great Gatsby” is the inspiration for a variety of events ranging from book club discussions to 1920s dance workshops and culminating with the Montana Repertory Theatre's performance of “The Great Gatsby” in the Young Auditorium theater March 18. More information about ReadEasy project can be found at youngauditorium.wordpress.com.

This event will add some contextual background to the ReadEasy project.
The Young Auditorium serves as a presenting organization for the performing arts and as an educational and cultural center enriching the lives of regional communities, offering a full season of world-class performing arts presentations. To learn more, visit www.uww.edu/youngauditorium or follow at www.Facebook.com/Young.Aud.  

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