Sunday, June 8

Douglas County Historical Society Second Sunday Talk

Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 21 (Mule Barn)

2 p.m., Free for members; suggested $5 donation for nonmembers

Reservations required at: members@douglascohistory.org or 402-455-9990

Timothy Schaffert has turned historical romanticist with his sprawling new novel The Swan Gondola, whose backdrop is the 1898 Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition. Omaha’s World’s Fair is perfect fodder for this alternately Wizard of Oz-inspired flight of fancy and grimly realistic frontier tale. As a cow town aspires to more in the gilded age, a ventriloquist struggles to keep the affections of a mysterious beauty. A gondola, a balloon, a wicked villain and a farmhouse figure prominently in the goings-on. Schaffert, whose intense research not only informed the book but resulted in a digital archive, http://trans-mississippi.unl.edu, has become a veritable expert on the Fair. His acclaimed fifth novel is an Oprah Book Club selection. The author, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is founder-director of the Omaha Lit Fest.


Subscribe to The Reader Newsletter

Our awesome email newsletter briefing tells you everything you need to know about what’s going on in Omaha. Delivered to your inbox every day at 11:00am.

Become a Supporting Member

Subscribe to thereader.com and become a supporting member to keep locally owned news alive. We need to pay writers, so you can read even more. We won’t waste your time, our news will focus, as it always has, on the stories other media miss and a cultural community — from arts to foods to local independent business — that defines us. Please support your locally-owned news media by becoming a member today.

Leave a comment