Author Event - Rob Davidson in Conversation with Naomi J. Williams

The Avid Reader is excited to welcome Rob Davidson for a presentation of his latest work of flash fictions, Spectators on Thursday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m., Stories on Stage Davis co-director and Landfalls author, Naomi Williams will join him after his reading for an interview and discussion of his work. 

Rob Davidson is most recently the author of Spectators, a collection of flash fictions. Davidson’s short fictions range from the narrative to the lyric, presented in artful language that is both well-crafted and playful. Several themes recur as Davidson ponders the ideas of the spectacle, the spectator, and tourism. Many of the fictions critique or question the idea of the spectacle, and so Davidson writes against the clichés and hollow sentiments of tourism, or the romanticization of nature. Davidson inhabits the mind of his characters, ranging from sketches of anguished private lives, to daydreams and fantasies, to humor, and a touch of absurdism. Several pieces ponder narrative itself, as well as storytelling and metafiction, inviting the reader into a “third space” of suggestion, innuendo, and experiment.

Naomi Williams is the author of Landfalls, the novel The New York Times Book Review calls, "The best kind of historical fiction." In her wildly inventive debut novel, Naomi reimagines the historical La Pérouse expedition, a voyage of exploration that left Brest in 1785 with two frigates, two hundred men, and overblown Enlightenment ideals and expectations, in a brave attempt to circumnavigate the globe for science and the glory of France. By turns elegiac, profound, and comic, Landfalls reinvents the maritime adventure novel for the twenty-first century. Naomi teaches creative writing and serves as co-director of the literary series Stories on Stage Davis



Event date: 
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
Spectators Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944355319
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Five Oaks Press - May 20th, 2017

Landfalls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250097491
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Published: Picador USA - December 6th, 2016