Stories on Stage Offsite Event - authors Jamil Kochai and Maria Kuznetsova!

Avid Reader is happy to be in partnership with Stories on Stage to bring two new authors to you, Jamil Kochai and Maria Kuznetsova on Saturday, April 13th!

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:

99 Nights In Logar by Jamil Kochai

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Oksana, Behave! by Maria Kuznetsova

 

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More on 99 Nights In Logar:

Twelve-year-old Marwand's memories from his previous visit to Afghanistan six years ago center on his contentious relationship with Budabash, the terrifying but beloved dog who guards his extended family's compound in the rural village of Logar. But eager for an ally in this place that is meant to be "home," Marwand misreads his reunion with the dog and approaches Budabash the way he would any pet on his American suburban block--and the results are disastrous: Marwand loses a finger, and Budabash escapes into the night.

 

Marwand is not chastened and doubles down on his desire to fit in here. He must get the dog back, and the resulting search is a gripping and vivid adventure story, a lyrical, funny, and surprisingly tender coming-of-age journey across contemporary Afghanistan that blends the bravado and vulnerability of a boy's teenage years with an homage to familial oral tradition and calls to mind One Thousand and One Nights yet speaks with a voice all its own.

 

 

More on Jamil Kochai:

Jamil Jan Kochai was born in Pakistan and grew up in the United States. His story "Nights in Logar," upon which this debut novel is based, won the 2018 O. Henry Prize. He currently attends the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


More on Oksana, Behave!:

When Oksana's family begins their new American life in Florida after emigrating from Ukraine, her physicist father delivers pizza at night to make ends meet, her depressed mother sits home all day worrying, and her flamboyant grandmother relishes the attention she gets when she walks Oksana to school, not realizing that the street they're walking down is known as Prostitute Street. Oksana just wants to have friends and lead a normal life--and though she constantly tries to do the right thing, she keeps getting herself in trouble.

 

As she grows up, she continues to misbehave, from somewhat accidentally maiming the school bus bully, to stealing the much-coveted (and expensive-to-replace) key to New York City's Gramercy Park, to falling in love with a married man. As her grandmother moves back to Ukraine, her father gets a job at Goldman Sachs, and her mother knits endless scarves, Oksana longs for a Russia that looms large in her imagination but is a country she never really knew.

 

When she visits her grandmother in Yalta and learns about Baba's wartime past and her lost loves, Oksana begins to see just how much alike they are, and comes to a new understanding of how to embrace life and love without causing harm to the people dearest to her. But will Oksana ever quite learn to behave?

 

More on Maria Kuznetsova:

Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the United States as a child. She is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Oksana, Behave! is her first novel. Her fiction has appeared in theThe Southern Review, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Mississippi Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Threepenny Review, and other publications. She lives in Iowa City with her family.

 

Event date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Pence Art Gallery
212 D St.
Davis, CA 95616
99 Nights in Logar Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525559191
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - January 22nd, 2019

Oksana, Behave!: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525511878
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 19th, 2019