Peter Orner and Andrew Tilin Reading October 21, 7:00

Peter Orner at Peninsula Literary

Peter Orner at Peninsula Literary

Peninsula Literary Series Presents
A Reading on Friday, October 21, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
At  Gallery House,320 South California Avenue, Palo Alto

Featuring: Peter Orner and Andrew Tilin
Guest Readers:
Jacqueline Berger, Thea Sullivan, Lisa Rizzo, Jan Ellison 
and artist Dan McLean
Produced by Carrie Hechtman and Jean Znidarsic

Andrew Tilin has written for many publications, including

The New York Times, Wired, Runner’s World, Rolling Stone,

GQ, Men’s Journal, and Yoga Journal. He was a senior editor

at Business 2.0 and Outside magazines, and is a contributing

editor for OutsideTilin’s book The Doper Next Door recounts

a year of his life on performance-enhancing drugs. During his yearlong
odyssey, Tilin is transformed. He becomes stronger, hornier, and more
aggressive. He wades into a subculture of doping physicians, real estate
agents, and aging women who believe that Tilin’s type of legal “hormone
replacement therapy” is the key to staying young. He also lives with the price
paid for renewed vitality—worrying about his health, marriage, and cheating
ways as an amateur bike racer. Equal
parts coming-of-middle-age memoir and sports tell-all, Tilin will have you
reading–and wondering who the dopers really are.

For more info on The Doper Next
, visit:

Peter Orner is the author of the novel,
The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo
(Little, Brown, 2006), winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, and the story
collection, Esther Stories (Houghton
Mifflin, 2001). Orner also edited a book of oral histories, Underground America: Narratives of
Undocumented Lives
, published in 2008 by McSweeneys, for the Voice of
Witness Series. His new novel, Love and
Shame and Love
, published by Little, Brown is coming out this fall. His work has appeared in

Best American Stories, was twice awarded a Pushcart prize, and has been a
finalist for the Pen Hemingway Award. His story “The Raft” is being
made into a film starring Ed Asner. Orner is an associate professor at San Francisco
State. His books are available at bookstores and on

About Orner’s forthcoming
novel Love and Shame and Love:
  A keen-eyed observer of American life and
history, Peter Orner strips every layer of pretense from his characters, not to
diminish but rather to reveal them. What’s exposed–what they have been hiding
from one another and from themselves–surprises, one suspects, even the
characters themselves. This is a real and memorable America. —Yiyun Li, author of The Vagrants, and Gold
Boy, Emerald Girl.