This December, join PEN America and the Strand Book Store as we embark on a retrospective of 2018 through the eyes of some of our most talented authors.
Amitava Kumar’s Immigrant, Montana blends the traditional coming of age novel with the story of an Indian immigrant coming to America, in a book that was referred to as “bio-fiction.” Wayétu Moore’s She Would Be King weaves together the historical facts of the founding of Liberia with magical realism, bringing together characters from all corners of the African diaspora. Ingrid Rojas Contreras‘s Fruit of the Drunken Tree tells the story of a young woman coming of age amidst violence in Pablo Escobar’s Colombia. Together, these authors will speak about their work, this year’s news cycles, and what it means to tell stories in an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts.”
Three debut novelists, one night . . .
R. O. KWON, NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH, INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS
Three first-time fiction writers read excerpts from their buzz-worthy novels while YOU enjoy happy hour prices at the bar. Afterwards, we'll open the floor to questions, then enjoy an informal mixer with the authors, who will meet attendees, take photos, and sign their books.
Bernice L. McFadden’s novel Praise Song for the Butterflies is a contemporary story that offers an eye-opening account of the practice of ritual servitude, and its toll on women, in West Africa. Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel is a mesmerizing debut set in Colombia at the height Pablo Escobar’s violent reign about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both. Idra Novey’s Those Who Knew is a taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the woman, and group of misfits, who finally bring him down.
Ingrid Rojas Contreras (La fruta del borrachero) y Luis Alberto Urrea (La casa de los ángeles rotos) discuten sus novelas sobre la familia, el hogar y los puentes que nos conectan con el moderador TBA. Este evento ese en español.
Often, the setting of the book can be as much a character as the people in it. In these three books, three very different cities—Bogota under Escobar’s reign, contemporary New York City, and Weimar-era Berlin—set the scene and help define the stories.
Columbia College Chicago presents the Fall 2018 Creative Writing Reading Series. This reading will begin with a student reader and end with a Q&A session. Selected titles will be available for sale.
Turning Obstacles into Autonomy: Freedom in Fiction
Political violence confronts the strong, unforgettable female protagonists in new novels by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree), Elaine Castillo (America Is Not the Heart), and Crystal Hana Kim (If I Leave You). Join them as they discuss drawing on the past to craft compelling narratives with characters who establish autonomy in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Moderator: Chaitali Sen
The San Francisco Writers' Grotto reveals how to survive encounters of all kinds - from whales to Colombian drug lords, from fallen angels to treacherous lovers, from the INS to kitty cats
At the CCA Writers' Studio (San Francisco campus).
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." —Jane Austen
Five bestselling authors in conversation about the art of longform fiction. Featuring Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Vanessa Hua, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, and Anne Raeff. Moderated by Tom Barbash. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $12 adv / $15 door
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Kai Carlson Wee to discuss his new poetry collection Rail, on Friday, October 12th at 7pm. He will be joined by Ingrid Rojas Contreras(Fruit of the Drunken Tree) and Taneum Bambrick (Reservoir).
Join Why There Are Words on October 11, 2018, at Studio 333 in Sausalito for a special celebration when our WTAW Press authors Sarah Stone and Angela Mitchell will read from their brand new books, as part of a spectacular line up of authors, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Lisa Locascio, Louise Marburg, Natalie Singer, and Terese Svoboda.
Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10 entry fee at the door. The celebration will include cake, delectable treats, and adult beverages.
With Janine Kovac, Mae Respicio, and Naomi Williams. Hosted by Tarja Parssinen.
Poets Randall Mann and Fernando Pérez read poetry and discuss the poetic experience as a method of cultural healing. Moderated by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
A night of reading and discussion where "Standing as witness" is the over-riding theme. An exploration of the demonization and marginalization of the "other" in the U.S. What do we need to admit to ourselves to move beyond injustice and totalitarian impulses. Poetry is explored as a vehicle to transform culture.