Happy Hour Book Group

august, 2017

16aug5:00 pmHappy Hour Book Group5:00 pm Rubaiyat Restaurant, 117 W Water St


Event Details

The Happy Hour Book Group will meet with Keith Lesmeister at Rubaiyat on Wed. August 16th at 5 p.m. to discuss “We Could’ve Been Happy Here,” his debut collection of short fiction. A recovering addict chases down a herd of runaway cows with a girl the same age as his estranged daughter. A middle-aged couple rediscovers their love for one another through the unlikely circumstance of robbing a bank. The daughter of a deployed soldier wages a bloody war on the rabbits ravaging her family’s farm. These stories peer into the lives of those at the margins—the broken, the resigned, the misunderstood.

“We Could’ve Been Happy Here” illuminates how we are shaped by our intimate connections with others—both those close to us and those we hardly know. Keith Lesmeister was born in North Carolina and raised in Iowa. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, his work has appeared in “American Short Fiction,” “Slice,” “Meridian,” “North American Review,” “Sycamore Review,” “Gettysburg Review,” and elsewhere. Lesmeister lives and works in northeast Iowa.


(Wednesday) 5:00 pm


Rubaiyat Restaurant

117 W Water St


Kristin Torresdal