Thursday, February 24, 2011

Maxine Hong Kingston TODAY in Davis; Elena Mauli Shapiro; Stories on Stage

Friends, here are some last-minute events...check them out!

Maxine Hong Kingston, Thursday, February 24, 4:00pm, Buehler Alumni Center.

Free and open to the general public (so get there early!) For more info on this event contact Karma Waltonen,

In her singular voice—humble, elegiac, practical—Maxine Hong Kingston sets out to reflect on aging as she turns sixty-five.

In swift verse lines that become, in her hands, another way of writing memoir, Kingston embraces Thoreau’s notion of a “broad margin,” hoping to expand her vista. As she flies between her activities as writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, Kingston also revisits her characters: she learns the final fate of her Woman Warrior, and she takes her Tripmaster Monkey, a hip Chinese American, on a journey through China. Ultimately, traveling without allies, she arrives at places where “Doors / between heaven and earth open wide.”


Elena Mauli Shapiro, Friday, February 25, Noon to 1:00pm, UC Davis Bookstore Lounge.

Free and open to the general public. Contact me for more info on this event.

Paul Takushi of the UC Davis Bookstore has the following to say:

"Elena currently teaches in our very own Comp Lit department so come out and support this debut effort from someone in our ranks before she becomes a famous author and moves on to higher planes of existence. Speaking of higher planes of existence……

I’m reading this right now and it’s tripping me out. There’s this guy, an American professor, who arrives at his new office at a Paris university and discovers a box that contains items that, at first, seem randomly assembled. Slowly he unravels the mystery of the deceased owner of the box…and begins to fall in love with her? No, wait. He’s actually falling for his pretty assistant Josianne……or is he? You can’t help but get swept up in this mesmerizing book that will have you asking yourself, 'What time IS it?'"


Stories on Stage (Final Fridays)

On Friday, February 25th, Cynthia Mitchell Speakman will read Gina Mulligan’s “The Slingback” and Rick Cook will read Skip Horack’s "The Redfish."

Skip Horack is the author of the novel The Eden Hunter & the story collection The Southern Cross (both will be available for purchase and signing).

Our chef, Mat Fischer, will return to serve an appetizer before the performance begins, in (continued) celebration of our second year. Stories on Stage regular Victoria Goldblatt will guest host.

Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street (Between Q & R)
Donation: $5
Performance begins at 7:30PM. Doors open at 7PM.

Skip Horack was born and raised in Louisiana and attended Florida State University. His work has appeared in Oxford American, Epoch, The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere. Horack is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford, where he was also a Wallace Stegner Fellow.

Gina Mulligan’s nonfiction has appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, Home and Garden, AAA, and PC Computing. She has won awards in the 2009 and 2004 Abilene Writer's Guild Contests; received the 2007 SDSU Writer’s Conference Submission Award; and was a 1994 Golden Poet Award recipient. Gina’s agent is working on selling her first novel, From Across the Room.

We will continue to raffle books donated by our Featured authors in support of our series. Raffles are $2. Stories on Stage also has t-shirts available for purchase for $15. Sales benefit our “Pay the Artists” fund.

Stories on Stage happily accepts wine donations. To express our appreciation, we’ll offer you a free raffle ticket. For more information about Stories on Stage, our artists, or to view our event photos and video archives, please visit our website, , our blog, or “like” us on Facebook. Thank you for supporting Stories on Stage. The upcoming year will be a literary feast!

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