Meet the Writers & Actors

WeAreAllCompletely_paperbackWhat will be left after the great December storm of 2014 blows through Davis? One thing you can count on: we’ll be at the Pence Gallery on Saturday, along with Karen Joy Fowler and Sue Staats. We can’t wait. As always, stick around after the event to get your books signed and meet the actors and writers. Did you love the story? Is a sentence still ringing in your head? Did the performance bring the piece to life in a way you’d never imagined? Let them know!

In case you don’t yet have Karen Joy Fowler’s award-winning new novel (or are missing one of her other amazing books), Davis’s independent bookstore, The Avid Reader, will be at the Pence with copies to sell.

Until then, reinforce your umbrellas, secure your lawn furniture, and locate your battery-powered booklights. See you Saturday!

“As part of leaving Bloomington for college and my brand new start, I’d made a careful decision to never ever tell anyone about my sister, Fern. Back in those college days I never spoke of her and seldom thought of her. If anyone asked about my family, I admitted to two parents, still married, and one brother, older, who traveled a lot. Not mentioning Fern was first a decision, and later a habit, hard and painful even now to break. Even now, way off in 2012, I can’t abide someone else bringing her up. I have to ease into it. I have to choose my moment.” — from We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

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Featured Actors 12/13/14

Roberta Stuart

Roberta Stuart

Roberta Feldner Stuart will read from We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC, where she trained in stage technique, voice, and dance movement, and has studied with many legendary coaches in film, television and voice-over technique. Her professional membership in SAG/AFTRA, AGVA, EQUITY, and ASCAP is evidence of her engagement and experience in all professional aspects of the entertainment field. Over the course of Stuart’s multi-faceted career, she has performed on stage Off Broadway in New York and in Los Angeles, and appeared in numerous television performances, commercials, and voice-over assignments. She  was featured in Brian De Palma’s film The Fury and in many made-for-television Movies of the Week. Stuart produced, directed, and hosted the talk show “All About Real Estate” for KIEV 870AM in Los Angeles, pairing her broadcasting experience with her second profession as a California Realtor which, after twenty-five years, she continues to enjoy as an Associate with Realty World Camelot.

Although semi-retired, she adheres to the old adage, “Ya can’t hit a moving target!” In the spirit of moving forward, Stuart recently formed The Well Seasoned Players, a small but growing group of mature actors whose first performance of her short one-act play, “Samantha Desire,” will debut at the Davis Senior Center on December 19. Their group motto is, “Have play, will perform just about anywhere!” Find more information in the Davis Senior Center newsletter. Stuart loves Stories On Stage Davis and is pleased to be reading in December.

Bonnie Antonini

Bonnie Antonini

Bonnie Antonini will read “Marshmallow Empire” by Sue Staats. She is an actress living in Sacramento and dividing her time between Los Angeles and San Francisco for work. She’s done over twenty commercials (the most recent for Little Caesar’s Pizza), numerous plays, industrials, voice work, and modeling. Besides acting, she also hosts an online cooking show and writes a cooking blog, both entitled Vegetarian Cooking For Carnivores. Her websites are  VegCookingForCarnivores.com and VegCookingForCarnivoresBlog.com.

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Featured Writers 12/13/14

Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. Her latest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2014 California Book Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season.  In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011.

Fowler is the co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the current president of the Clarion Foundation (also known as Clarion San Diego). She and her husband, who have two grown children and five grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California. Photo: Brett Hall Jones

Sue Staats

Sue Staats

Sue Staats’ short stories and poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in The Los Angeles Review, Graze Magazine, Farallon Review, Tule Review, Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets, and others. She earned an MFA from Pacific University and was a recent finalist for the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction and the Nisqually Prize in Fiction. Her stories have been performed at the Sacramento reading series Stories on Stage and at the Bay-Area reading series Why There Are Words. She’s currently working on a collection of linked short stories, and for the past year has served as the Director for Stories on Stage Sacramento.

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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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