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Laren Stover, Floating World



A short story by author Laren Stover read by stage, film, and TV actor Patricia Randell.

Laren Stover writes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays and fairy tales. Her published works include the cult-classic novel, Pluto Animal Lover, a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, Bohemian Manifesto, A Field Guide to Living on the Edge and The Bombshell Manual of Style, pivotal in exploding Bombshell consciousness into a popular genre. She is completing a fictionalized memoir, The 27 Notebooks of Nick Dante; an excerpt appears on Guernica.com. Laren is a fellow of Yaddo and Hawthornden Castle and has received the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant for fiction and the Dana Award. Her libretto, Appalachian Liebesleider, premiered at Carnegie Hall to a standing ovation. Vanity Fair writer Nick Tosches writes: Reading Laren Stover is an engagement of the senses…a seduction of the senses—transporting you to the magical and softly illuminating place whence she writes.

Patricia Randell plays the role of FDIC chairwoman Sheila Bair in the 2011 HBO film Too Big to Fail, directed by Oscar Winner Curtis Hanson and starring a cast of luminaries including Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, William Hurt, Cynthia Nixon, Ed Asner and many others, which has been nominated for eleven Emmy Awards. She has garnered five raves in The New York Times for her portrayals of characters as diverse as the gregarious lesbian in Christopher Durang's wild parody of The Glass Menagerie to her portrayal of Greer Garson in Random Harvest, a performance singled out for praise by all 16 critical forums in NY that covered it. Ms. Randell’s Off-Broadway credits are numerous and varied, and regionally she has appeared at many of the top theatres across the country. Her film work includes features Islander with Philip Baker Hall and Approaching Union Square, which debuted on The Sundance Channel in 2008. On TV she has appeared on many soaps, the original Law & Order and a sitcom pilot, The Match. A member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, she has been a teaching artist at Brooklyn College, EST, The William Inge Center, and privately coaches professional actors as well as students who have subsequently been accepted into Juilliard, BU, and other major theater programs.
 

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