"A Fool for Christmas” is Allan's marvelous story, told in the first person, of a socially awkward loner named Verne who manages a pet shop in a mall off an interstate, somewhere in North Carolina. A pregnant runaway teenage girl takes to hanging out at the mall, and out of sympathy for a fellow outcast, Verne befriends her.
Allan has performed his heartwarming Christmas tale at our bookshop five or six times over the last ten years. Every time he changes the story a bit, and every time we end up reaching for something to dab our eyes. Allan will reprise "A Fool for Christmas" at the *new* Regulator on Thursday evening, December 6 at 7:00 p.m, which also happens to be St. Nicholas Day. There are never too many fools for Christmas, so please join us!
Allan Gurganus is currently writing his magnum opus The Erotic History of a Country Baptist Church to be published by Liveright-Norton. The spring issue of ‘Sewanee Review’ will contain an interview about the influence of music on his work. Vanderbilt University Composer-Musicologist Carl Smith will trace the fiction’s connections to Bach, Brahms, Baptist Hymns and Little Richard.Gurganus’s subsequent book of stories will appear in 2020. Its current working title: “Just One Damn Thing After Another.” The volume will include recent tales and familiar if uncollected stories like “He’s at the Office,” “My Heart Is A Snakefarm,” “Fetch,” and “A Fool for Christmas.” Gurganus lives in Hillsborough.