Featured Actors 11/8/14

Kelley Ogden

Kelley Ogden

Kelley Ogden will read “The Best Girlfriend You Never Had” by Pam Houston. Ogden is an actress, writer, director, producer, and co-founder of KOLT Run Creations, a local fringe theater company. She has a BFA in performance from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago and has acted in theaters across the country. Her work has been seen locally with KOLT, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Main Street Theatre Works, Theater Galatea, Big Idea Theatre, and Capital Stage.

Ruby Sketchley

Ruby Sketchley

Ruby Sketchley, a veteran of Stories on Stage Sacramento, is thrilled to be making her Stories on Stage Davis debut. She will read excerpts from My Father’s Gardens by Karen Levy. In the past Sketchley has served as a board member with the Capital Film Arts Alliance, and currently she is a company member at Big Idea Theatre. Locally she has performed at Big Idea,  KOLT Run Creations, Resurrection Theatre, Main Street Theater, Closet Door Theatre, and Another Square Production Company. She can also be seen and heard on television and radio commercials, as well as feature and short films. She and her husband have a film production company and they are in the final stages of a documentary on home death care. About Stories on Stage Sketchley says, “Having a story read to me takes me back to my childhood where I was free to paint the pictures in my mind.” She hopes you will find your own magical pictures as you listen to November’s stories.

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Featured Authors 11/8/14

Pam Houston’s most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, the novel Sight Hound, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me. Stories on Stage Davis will present Houston’s story “The Best Girlfriend You Never Had,” which appears in Waltzing the Cat and was included in The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Her other stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, and The 2013 Pushcart Prize. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards. She is Professor of English at UC Davis, directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, and teaches in The Pacific University low residency MFA program and at writer’s conferences around the country and the world. She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. (Photo: Adam Karsten)

Karen Levy

Karen Levy

Karen Levy is an Israeli-American writer. Born in Israel, Levy spent most of her childhood traveling between her native land and the United States. Commuting between these two countries and having a keen eye for detail have afforded Levy the knowledge necessary to recount the immigrant experience in a candid style. Following her military service, Levy pursued her studies in the United States where she earned a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Davis, and an MA in English/Creative Writing from Sacramento State University, where she teaches composition and interpretation of literature. Her work has appeared in Welter Magazine, So to Speak, Blue Moon, The Meadow, The Yolo Crow, and Shifting Balance Sheets: Women’s Stories of Naturalized Citizenship & Cultural Attachment by Wising Up Press. My Father’s Gardens (Homebound Publications 2013) is nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. She lives in Davis, California with her husband and two children.

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Featured Actors 10/25/14

Blair Leatherwood

Blair Leatherwood

Blair Leatherwood will read John Lescroart’s story “The Last Confession.” Leatherwood comes to Stories on Stage Davis after several appearances at Stories on Stage Sacramento. He is an actor with over forty years of experience in and around the Sacramento area. He has worked with the Sacramento Theatre Company, Sacramento Music Circus, Capital Stage, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, and many other arts organizations, including the late Davis Comic Opera Company. He has a number of film and commercial credits as well.

Diana Cossey

Diana Cossey

Diana Cossey will read an excerpt from K.E. Montieth’s novel, Fiddler’s Ridge. Cossey’s passion for music and theater has made her a familiar figure to Sacramento theater-goers and music lovers. She played Truvy Jones in the 2011 Celebration Arts Theater production of Steel Magnolias, appeared at Stories on Stage Sacramento several times, and she has been an active member of the River City Chorale for the past twenty years. She’s been blessed to perform her music in Italy, Croatia, and Brazil, and has appeared in David L. MacDonalds’ Best of Broadway and Family Promise. Cossey is pleased to make her first appearance at Stories on Stage Davis.

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Featured Writers 10/25/14

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-five novels, sixteen of which have been New York Times Bestsellers. Libraries Unlimited has included Lescroart in its publication “The 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors.” With sales of over ten million copies, his books have been translated into twenty-two languages in more than seventy-five countries, and his short stories appear in many anthologies. “The Adventure of the Giant Rat of Sumatra” was selected for the 1998 edition of The Best American Mystery Stories, edited by Sue Grafton.

Lescroart’s first novel, Sunburn, won the San Francisco Foundation’s Joseph Henry Jackson Award for best unpublished novel by a California author; Dead Irish and The 13th Juror were nominees for the Shamus and Anthony Best Mystery Novel, respectively; The 13th Juror is included in the International Thriller Writers publication “100 Must-Read Thrillers Of All Time.” Hard Evidence appears in “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Ultimate Reading List.” Guilt was a Reader’s Digest Select Edition choice. The Mercy Rule, Nothing But the Truth, and The Suspect have been major market Book Club selections. The Suspect was also the 2007 One Book Sacramento choice of the Sacramento Library Foundation, and was chosen by the American Author’s Association as its 2007 Book of the Year. Several of Lescroart’s books have been Main Selections of one or more of the Literary Guild, Mystery Guild, and Book of the Month Club.

Lescroart has endowed the perennial $5,000 Maurice Prize for excellence in long-form fiction at the University of California at Davis. He and his wife, Lisa Sawyer, live in Northern California.

K.E. Montieth

K.E. Montieth

Born into a family of itinerate teachers, K.E. Montieth grew up in a series of small towns in Oregon and Northern California.  As a free-range child, she was allowed to wander the woods and explore river banks to her heart’s content. Her Ozarks-born grandmother taught her about pioneer life and woodcraft during their frequent camping trips along the McKenzie River. She learned about lumber mills and bullfrogs from living in a small town deep in the heart of Humboldt County. Montieth graduated from CSUS with a degree in History and has passed her time in a series of occupations too numerous to mention. Currently, she is employed as a legal secretary. Her stories have appeared in the Blue Moon Literary & Art Review. “Dicken” was a semifinalist for Rosebud’s fourth biennial Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. Fiddler’s Ridge is her first published novel.

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