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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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Featured Writers 6/14/14

Endof_2013-14We’re closing our first season with a summer party on the Pence Gallery patio, and we hope you’ll join us! Actors Kellie Raines and Kelley Ogden will read stories by Lynn Freed and Molly Giles.

Lynn Freed

Lynn Freed

Lynn Freed’s books include six novels, a collection of stories, and a collection of essays. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Narrative Magazine, Southwest Review, The Georgia Review, among others. She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN/O. Henry Award, fellowships, grants, and support from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Born in South Africa, she now lives in Northern California.

Molly Giles

Molly Giles

Molly Giles is the author of two award-winning collections of short stories, Rough Translations and Creek Walk; a chapbook of flash fiction, Bothered; and a novel, Iron Shoes. Her latest story collection, All the Wrong Places, just won the Spokane Prize for Literature, and she has an e-book coming out from Shebooks.net called Three for the Road. She has taught at San Francisco State University and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and lives in Woodacre, California.

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