Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Warren’s Quarter Acre Farm Debuts; Stories on Stage; Monday Nights at SPC

Congratulations to Spring Warren and her new nonfiction book, The Quarter Acre Farm!

The Quarter Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year presents Warren's account of deciding—despite all resistance—to take control of her family's food choices, get her hands dirty, and create a garden in her suburban yard. It's a story of bugs, worms, and learning.

Ms. Warren has a big week coming up, and she'd like to see you at one or several of the following (fun!) events. She says:

"Hey, Everyone!   If you've got some time this week, come to a reading.  Not only will I be speaking about The Quarter Acre Farm (which I realize you can hear me yammer about anytime), but there's more involved.   If you come to the Borders reading you will be enthralled to hear Best Selling Author Eileen Rendahl is joining me to talk about her new book Dead on Delivery, AND Eileen and I will be doing a literary mash-up you won't want to miss. 

The Berkeley and San Francisco readings also offer more than my humble presence. Artist extraordinaire Jesse "Nemo" Pruet will be on hand to sign books (yes, he illustrated The Quarter Acre Farm!) and to make your book into a one of a kind work of art with a live printed (and frame-worthy, if you'd rather frame it) book plate.  He's an artist going places, you'll want to show up and pick up his work before it costs you the price of a sports car to do so! 

Hoping to see you there, and please, if you know someone who will be in Davis, Berkeley, or San Francisco on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, pass the word on."

Readings from The Quarter Acre Farm

Thursday, March 24, 7:00pm

Borders in Davis

500 First Street #1

Davis, CA 95616

Friday, March 25, 2011, 7:00pm
Books Inc, Berkeley
1760 Fourth St. , 
Berkeley , CA 94710
Saturday, March 26, 2011, 1:00pm
Book passage, San Francisco Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco , California 94111
GROWING food AND EATING well on -

Spring Warren is also the author of the novel TURPENTINE!


It's last Friday again…time for Stories on Stage! This month features authors Naomi Benaron and Sue Staats

On Friday, March 25th, Ashley Lucas will read Sue Staats' "The Acupuncturist's Wife" and Pam Metzger will read Naomi Benaron's "Take Six."

Naomi Benaron is the author of the story collection Love Letters from a Fat Man, which will be available for purchase and signing. Naomi's forthcoming novel, Running the Rift, won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize in 2010. Naomi Benaron's Love Letters from a Fat Man won the Sharat Chandra Prize. Ms. Benaron's short stories and poetry have been published in New Letters, Green Mountains Review, Poetry Now, and Cutthroat, among others. Her first novel, Running the Rift, is forthcoming from Algonquin Press.

Sue Staats recently completed her MFA in Fiction at Pacific University. She has published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in the Suisun Valley Review, Susurrus, and Sacramento News & Review.

Our chef, Mat Fischer, will return to serve an appetizer before the performance begins. Tatiana Morfas will guest host.

Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street
(Between Q & R)
Donation: $5

Performance begins at 7:30PM

Doors open at 7PM  

We will continue to raffle books donated by our featured authors in support of our series. Raffles are $1. We will also raffle off a Stories on Stage t-shirt, in memory of Kirk Parker, who designed and produced our t-shirts, and who filmed performances during our first year.
Stories on Stage happily accepts wine donations. To express our appreciation, you'll receive 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.


Did you know: just about EVERY Monday of the year, a poetry reading happens at Sacramento Poetry Center? Up this week: Nancy Krygowski and Gerald Fleming

Monday, March 28 at 7:30 PM at Sacramento Poetry Center (SPC)

Crossroads for the Arts at 1719 25th Street


Nancy Krygowski's first book of poems, Velocity, was chosen by Gerald Stern for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press.  Co-founder of the Gist Street Reading Series, she is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant, and awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.  She works as an adult literacy instructor in Pittsburgh.

I was riding my bike
   on a road in Georgia. Weeds
      and ditches, trees, me and solitude,

the heat. I was 16, in love
   with speed, long hair trailing behind
      like a visible wind.

I was happy. I was 16.
   Then two men in a truck.
      We all know what wind means:

Free. Two men and me.
   The sun was sinking. I was 16.
      The one in the passenger seat

reached out to grab
   the wind. No use
      describing the jerk of

my head, the scream.
   I was 16. I lived.
      No use describing the force

of a hand linked to a truck,
   two drinking men, what
      "back roads Georgia" means.

All of us were traveling, near equal
   velocity, back when I still loved danger,
      speed. Downhill. Back

when I understood "free."
   If this were a math problem,
      it would read, A girl

on a bike travels at 20 mph.
   Two men in a truck
      moving at a slightly faster speed

pull up. One grabs her hair.
   What will the outcome be?
      I was 16. Innocent enough to love

solitude, danger, speed.
   On a rural road in Georgia,
      I liked to be hot and fast and

free. A bike the color
   of the sun. I was happy
      as a peach. The man tugged

at the wind. And then the crumple
   that was me, the gravel
      pitting my pure heat. I was 16,

had been learning, slowly,
   to love my solitude, a fire
      inside. And then, so suddenly,

the wind in his hands,
   bloody and brown, the holes
      in my skin. The force of a knowledge

dark as speed, hard
   as free. The answer: I
      lived. I was 16.

"Velocity" is from Velocity, by Nancy Krygowski, © 2007.  All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

Gerald Fleming's poetry and prose poems have appeared widely over the past thirty years. He has won numerous awards and fellowships, and between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, whose archives can be found at U.C. Berkeley's Bancroft Library. His book of poems Swimmer Climbing onto Shore appeared from Sixteen Rivers Press in 2005, and a book of prose poems, Night of Pure Breathing, is just out from Hanging Loose Press in New York. He taught in the San Francisco public schools for thirty-seven years, and has published three books for teachers, the most recent of which is Rain, Steam, and Speed (Jossey-Bass/Wiley). He lives in Lagunitas, California.

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