Stories on Stage Offsite Event - authors Shobha Rao and Esme Weijun Wang!

Avid Reader is happy to be in partnership with Stories on Stage to bring two new authors to you, Shobha Rao and Esme Weijun Wang on Saturday, June 8th!

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:

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

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The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang

 

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More on Girls Burn Brighter:

Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are ambitious, and they are girls. After her mother's death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to care for her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond arranged marriage. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend.

Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls' perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within.

 

 

More on Shobha Rao:

Shobha Rao moved to the United States from India at the age of seven. She is the author of the short story collection An Unrestored Woman. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story "Kavitha and Mustafa" was chosen by T. C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015. She lives in San Francisco.


More on The Collected Schizophrenias:

An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the "collected schizophrenias" but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community's own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang's analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.

More on Esme Weijun Wang:

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise. She received the Whiting Award in 2018 and was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists of 2017. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in San Francisco.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Pence Art Gallery
212 D St.
Davis, CA 95616
Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250074256
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - March 6th, 2018

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978273
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019