Stories on Stage Offsite Event - authors Crystal Wilkinson and Ingrid Rojas Contreras!

Avid Reader is happy to be in partnership with Stories on Stage to bring two new authors to you, Crystal Wilkinson and Ingrid Rojas Contreras on Saturday, March 9th!

Doors open at 7 p.m. and event begins at 7:30 p.m.

Donations are always appreciated, as they help pay authors and actors alike.

To learn more about Stories on Stage please click here.

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The two works being presented are:

Water Street by Crystal Wilkinson

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

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More on Water Street:

The residents of Water Street are hardworking, God-fearing people who live in a seemingly safe and insulated neighborhood within a small Kentucky town: "Water Street is a place where mothers can turn their backs to flip a pancake or cornmeal hoecake on the stove and know our children are safe." But all is not as it seems as the secret lives of neighbors and friends are revealed in interconnected tales of love, loss, truth, and tragedy.

In this critically acclaimed short story collection, Crystal Wilkinson peels back the intricate layers that form the fabric of this community and its inhabitants -- revealing emotionally raw, multifaceted tales of race, class, gender, mental illness, and interpersonal relationships. The thirteen succinct stories offer fragmented glimpses of an overarching narrative that emerges, lyrical and fierce. Featuring a new foreword and a new afterword which illuminate Wilkinson's artistic achievement, this captivating work is poised to delight a new generation of readers.

 

More on Crystal Wilkinson:

Crystal Wilkinson is author of The Birds of Opulence, winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and Blackberries, Blackberries, which won the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature. The winner of the 2008 Denny Plattner Award in Poetry from Appalachian Heritage magazine and the Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, she serves as Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College and teaches in the Spalding University low residency MFA in Creative Writing Program.


More on Fruit of the Drunken Tree:

The Santiago family lives in a gated community in Bogota, safe from the political upheaval terrorizing the country. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to this protective bubble, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation. 
When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city's guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona's mysterious ways. But Petrona's unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls' families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal. 
Inspired by the author's own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories. In lush prose, Rojas Contreras sheds light on the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation.

More on Ingrid Rojas Contreras:

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksElectric LiteratureGuernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She has received fellowships and awards from The Missouri Review, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. She is the book columnist for KQED Arts, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Pence Art Gallery
212 D St.
Davis, CA 95616
Water Street (Kentucky Voices) Cover Image
By Crystal Wilkinson, Marianne Worthington (Afterword by), Jacinda Townsend (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780813169101
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University Press of Kentucky - February 14th, 2017

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542722
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - July 31st, 2018