Featured Actors 9/12/15

Tim Gaffaney

Tim Gaffaney will read an excerpt from Landfalls by Naomi J.Williams. Gaffaney has performed on stage for over forty years in musicals, comedies, and dramas. Local credits include Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing (Davis Shakespeare Ensemble); Ferraillon in A Flea in Her Ear and La Fleche in The Miser (Woodland Opera House); and Applegate in Damn Yankees (Davis Musical Theater Company). He has performed a number of dramatic readings, including the title role in Fortinbras, and has volunteered his time as a news and fiction reader for the blind in Washington, DC, and Sacramento.


James Wheatley

James Wheatley will read an excerpt from The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason. Wheatley is Artistic Director of Celebration Arts, where he teaches and directs dance, music, and acting. He is a performing artist continuing to work as a singer, dancer, and actor on community and professional stages. Wheatley is also recognized as a theater director, music composer, choreographer, playwright, and poet.

Featured Authors 9/12/15

Naomi J. WilliamsNaomi J. Williams was born in Japan and spoke no English until she was six years old. Her debut novel, Landfalls, a fictionalized account of the 18th-century Lapérouse expedition, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in August of 2015.

Williams’ short fiction has appeared in journals such as A Public Space, One Story, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review. In 2009, she received a Pushcart Prize and a Best American Honorable Mention. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis.

Williams lives with her family in Davis, where she’s started work on her second book, a novel about the early 20th-century Japanese poet Yosano Akiko. (Photo: Kristyn Stroble)

Zachary MasonZachary Mason’s first novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2010. His next book, Void Star, is coming out in 2016, and Metamorphica is coming out in 2017.  He’s also a computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence.


Countdown to Season Three…


In one month, we’re kicking off our third season with adventure on the high seas! Davis author Naomi J. Williams’ debut novel, Landfalls, follows the exploits and heartbreaks not only of the men on the ships of the 1785 La Pérouse expedition,  but also of the people affected by the voyage—natives and other Europeans the explorers encountered, loved ones left waiting at home, and those who survived and remembered the expedition. Vanity Fair recently included Landfalls on its list of “Dark New Books to Cool Down the Dog Days of August.” We think it’s perfect for the dog days of September, too.

Zachary Mason’s debut novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, reimagines Homer’s classic story of the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy. In her review for The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani writes, “This is a book that not only addresses the themes of Homer’s classic–the dangers of pride, the protean nature of identity, the tryst between fate and free will–but also poses new questions to the reader about art and originality and the nature of storytelling.”

We’ve missed you, and we’re excited about the authors we’ve got lined up for our third season—stay tuned for more announcements!