Featured Authors & Actors 9/9/17

Join us at our Season Five Opening Night Gala and fundraiser, featuring award-winning science fiction and fantasy. Tickets are sold out—thank you!

To kick off our 2017-18 season, best-selling author and Booker Prize finalist Karen Joy Fowler will present two writers she selected for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Will Kaufman and Liz Ziemska. The evening will also include a silent art auction, good eats, and—back by popular demand—a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Every ticket comes with a Stories on Stage Davis canvas tote bag, designed by Davis artist and writer Madeline Gobbo and screenprinted by Sacramento artist Eric Frankenstein.
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About the Authors

Karen Joy FowlerKaren Joy Fowler is the author of seven novels and four short story collections. Her 2013 novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was a finalist 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. (Photo: Brett Hall Jones)

Will KaufmanWill Kaufman’s work has appeared in a number of publications, including Lightspeed Magazine, [PANK], and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He received an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis, an MFA from the University of Utah, and attended the Clarion Workshop in 2013. He currently lives in LA, where he works as an editor at Edmunds.com. You can find Will online at www.kaufmanwrites.com.

 



Liz ZiemskaLiz Ziemska is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Interfictions: 2, Strange Horizons, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Pushcart Prize XLI, and has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. A novella entitled Mandelbrot the Magnificent is forthcoming from Tor/St. Martin’s Press in November 2017. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

About the Actors

Kelley OgenKelley Ogden is an accomplished performer, director, and producer whose work has been seen throughout the area. Co-founder of acclaimed fringe theater company KOLT Run Creations, she has performed with Capital Stage, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Main Street Theatre Works, and Theater Galatea, among others. She earned her BFA in Performance from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.

 



Phillip LarreaPhillip Larrea was a prolific actor as a young man, appearing in many Sacramento area community productions and ultimately working professionally in New York in off-Broadway productions, summer stock, and touring companies. He gave it up because he doesn’t like working nights and weekends. He does, however, love doing the occasional one-night stand. Nowadays he is more known as the author of three books, Our Patch, We the People, and, most recently, Part Time Job.

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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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.