Author Event - Lucy Jane Bledsoe in conversation with Naomi Williams

We're so excited to welcome Naomi Williams and Lucy Jane Bledsoe for a special presentation of Bledsoe's latest novel, The Evolution of Love on Friday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m.

Williams writes, "Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s The Evolution of Love offers a terrifyingly detailed and believable vision of life in the Bay Area after a devastating earthquake. But more than that, she offers us a vision of what is possible when individuals, even in the most desperate circumstances, refuse to give up on love and hope. The Evolution of Love is the book we all need these days: a post-disaster page-turner that’s also a blueprint for how we might live right now."

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds.

Those who survived and didn't evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies―and redefining the very meaning of community. Lily bands together with a couple of feral kids, a steadfast activist, and a bonobo researcher, among others, to forge a new life.

A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, The Evolution of Love asks what does it take for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of five previous novels, including A Thin Bright Line. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She’s been a six-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and a two-time Ferro-Grumley Award Finalist. Bledsoe lives in the Bay Area where she spends as much time as possible kayaking in the bay, as well as hiking and cycling in the hills.

Naomi Williams lives in Davis, California, where she teaches creative writing and serves as co-director of the literary series Stories on Stage Davis. Her debut novel Landfalls was long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and one-time winner, Naomi has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis. She’s hard at work on new writing projects, including a novel about the early 20th-century Japanese poet Yosano Akiko. 

Event date: 
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781945572838
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - May 15th, 2018