Featured Writers 9/13/14

We’re excited to kick off our second season with two fantastic writers, Yiyun Li and Lois Ann Abraham. See you soon at the Pence!

Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li is the author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers; The Vagrants; Gold Boy, Emerald Girl; and Kinder Than Solitude. A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. Granta named her one of the best American novelists under thirty-five, and The New Yorker named her one of twenty U.S. writers under forty to watch. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at the University of California, Davis.

Lois Ann Abraham

Lois Ann Abraham

Lois Ann Abraham is a professor of English at American River College, focusing on literature and creative writing, both fiction & non-fiction, and regaling students and faculty alike with her occasional public readings. She has also done readings in Tucson and Taos, New Mexico. Her pieces have appeared in Sojourner, Chico News & Review, Writing on the Edge, Inside English, Burning the Little Candle (Ad Lumen), Convergences, and other places. Her
story “Therapy” won first prize in the Chico News & Review short story contest. She has been an integral organizer of SummerWords and has presented a number of workshops there. In addition to Circus Girl & Other Stories, she has completed a novel, Tina Goes to Heaven, and is working on a second one, titled Stillscape with Ashes, for which she traveled to Martinique and New York.

Abraham spent her formative years in Texas, the Panhandle of Oklahoma, and New Mexico, where she still has strong roots. She presently lives in a Sacramento house with no ninety-degree angles, along with her husband and her calico cat, Ella Fitzgerald. Find more information about Circus Girl and Other Stories at Ad Lumen Press.

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ZaraPicken_submissions

We’re currently scheduling our 2014-15 season, and we’re especially looking for emerging authors and actors. Find our complete submission guidelines here. For an idea of what kind of work we’ve featured in the past, take a look at our video archive.

Typewriter art, “Ephemera – Part III,” courtesy illustrator Zara Picken; print available here.

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2014-15 Preview

2014-15Authors

We’re excited to introduce the authors who will be appearing in the first half of our 2014-15 season. Support The Avid Reader, Davis’s independent bookseller, and get started on some fantastic summer reading by SOS Davis authors! You can also download a calendar to email your book club or stick on your fridge: 2014-15 calendar pdf.

9/13: Yiyun Li, author, Kinder Than Solitude. Winner of the Frank
O’Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for First Fiction. 2010 MacArthur Foundation fellow and winner of the 2014 Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

10/25: John Lescroart, author, The Ophelia Cut. New York Times bestselling author known for his series of legal and crime thriller novels. His novels have sold more than ten million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in more than seventy-five countries. Note: This month’s event is on the fourth Saturday, instead of the usual second Saturday.

11/8: Pam Houston, author, Contents May Have Shifted, & Karen Levy, author, My Father’s Gardens. Houston is the author of numerous award-winning works of fiction and non-fiction. Her stories have been selected for Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. Levy’s work has appeared in many literary journals; “Americans” from My Father’s Gardens was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

12/13: Karen Joy Fowler, author, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award and California Book Award for Fiction. New York Times bestselling author of six novels and three short story collections.

1/10: NoViolet Bulawayo, author, We Need New Names. Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.

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Featured Actors 6/14/14

Kellie Raines

Kellie Raines

Kellie Raines will read “This Flesh, This Ghost” by Lynn Freed. She is an Associate Artist with KOLT Run Creations, with performance credits that include My Own Stranger, Vinegar Tom, Antigone, and Escape From Happiness. She has performed with several local theatres and is currently helping Davis Shakespeare Ensemble behind the scenes as an Associate Producer. Raines holds a bachelor’s degree in dramatic art from UC Davis, where two of her own plays were produced in the Wyatt Pavilion. She is one of the on-air hosts for KVIE Arts Showcase and the KVIE Annual Art Auction, and is the technical director for Studio Sacramento. In the near future, she is planning to go back to school for her graduate degree in playwriting.

Kelley Ogden

Kelley Ogden

Kelley Ogden will read “Walking Tour: Rohnert Park” by Molly Giles. 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.

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