Am so glad to be appearing again at Litquake 2015
Here’s the roster:
A performance of unimaginable spaces, far off places, and audience participation iterations
An evening with award-winning writers and artists:
Katia Noyes+ Liz Harvey
Thursday, October 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Bird & Beckett Books
653 Chenery St.
Glen Park Neighborhood
A 2015 LITQUAKE Event
Elizabeth Block is the author of A Gesture Through Time and Celluloid Salutations. A Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellow and recipient of awards from PEN, Poets & Writers, etc., she recently completed a screenplay.
Katia Noyes was a choreographer before becoming a dance critic and then a novelist. She is the author of Crashing America and A Partial History of My Delusions.
Liz Harvey is a visual artist working in sculpture and performance incorporating “women’s handiwork.” A California Arts Council Sculpture Fellowship recipient, recently she created a zipper-based interactive sculpture for the Bay Area Discovery Museum.
Alison Owings puts her curiosity/nosiness to work as a journalism-trained oral historian, most recently in Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans. Her Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
We did it! Urged on by actor/artist/instigator Michael Horse, I wrote the first draft of a theatrical version of “Indian Voices,” then assembled a cast of 9, including four professional Native American actors, for a table reading. (Our dining room table was too small for this table reading, so we hunkered in the living room.) The reading provided many laughs… and confirmation of a little too much length. Editing continues.
Here’s a photo of the cast, post reading.
Seated: Jeanette Harrison (Onondaga)
Standing, left to right: Matt Kizer (Washoe), Greg Benally (Navajo), Lynne Kaufman, Joy Carlin, Nanette Deetz (Cherokee), Michael Horse (Mescalero Apache, Yaqui, Zuni) Jonathan Perdue
Not seen, taking photo: Alison Owings
At last! (En fin, finalmente, infine.)
The very nice to work with e-book publisher Untreed Reads has just re-issued a downloadable version of my first book, the tongue-in-cheeky Wander Woman’s Phrasebook: How to Meet or Avoid People in Three Romance Languages.
I’ve updated it for its e debut, so now, in addition to being able to say such things as, “You’re an insult to your village” or “What’s a man like you doing in a place like this?” the wandering woman can ask where she might plug in her laptop, or whisper, “I may decide to give you your own ring tone.”
If your fingers know how to travel to a “like” or a friendly on-line review, I say merci, gracias, grazie.
And if there is a temptation to download the book for any uploadable women traveling to romance language parts of the world, the following information is provided by Untreed’s friendly editor-in-chief, Jay Hartman.
“I’m happy to tell you that The Wander Woman’s Phrasebook is now available for purchase and download from the following locations:
The Untreed Reads Store: http://goo.gl/Asg4uj
Barnes and Noble
Lightning Source (a distributor, primarily North America)
“At The Untreed Reads Store, we have introduced new functionality to the store that will allow people to purchase Kindle or Nook versions directly from our site and send them to their devices and apps without having to go to those retailers. This ensures a far better royalty for everyone involved. They can even gift the ebook to someone if they’d like. Also, the Untreed Reads store is one of the few places for a reader to be able to pay one price and get all three major formats. When people shop other retailers such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble, they only get one. PDF is still one of the most popular formats, and our site is one of the few to offer it.”
Alison is looking forward to a lovely literature-laced evening with fellow writers at the annual Berkeley Library Foundation Gala on Saturday, February 9th. She is not yet sure what to wear, however.
More information about event (not sartorial choices) at: http://www.bplf.org/authors-dinner
Special thanks to Barbara Yoder for her part in it all.
That’s the title of a piece just put up on the Huffington Post. Getting lots of “likes.” If you like, do facebook and tweet the stuffing out of it.
Coming up…. two really nice events, both free, both different. The first is on Thursday, November 29th, at 6:30 pm at Gathering Tribes in Albany, California (www.GatheringTribes.com). The second is on Friday, December 7th, at 7 pm at Books Inc, on 4th Street in Berkeley. (www.Booksinc.com).
The pleased author encourages visits to both, not only on those dates, but also to shop there other days too, and keep writers and artists and shopkeepers in business.
Here’s the lovely description from owner Pennie Opal Plant of Gathering Tribes.
||Nov 29, 2012
|| “Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans” with author, Alison OwingsThursday, November 29
6:30 pm to 8:30 pmAlison Owings is the author of the highly praised Indian Voices: Listening to Native
Americans (Rutgers, 2011 hardback, Nov 1 20212 paperback), a book comprised of interviews with Native people about life today.
It isn’t very often that someone as well known in the literary world as Alison Owings approaches us to have a book event at Gathering Tribes. We admit that we really didn’t know what an amazing woman she is (and so very humble too) when we first met her. We are very excited to host her for a reading of her newest book.
Alison’s other major books, also part oral-history and part journalism, and also from her point of view as an outsider, are Hey, Waitress! The USA from the Other Side of the Tray and Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
A former newswriter at CBS TV in New York, among other places, Alison is additionally
a public speaker and free-lance editor. She lives in northern California, and grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Books will be available for sale.
Phone: (510) 528-9038
Alison was honored to be part of the Sacramento museum’s first ever such event, all part of Native American Awareness Month. Among the best parts of the day long event were meeting readers, including museum director Connie McGough and her great team of docents, and meeting fellow writers, including Olympian gold medal runner, the very friend Lakota Billy Mills, and his artist wife Patricia.
AND really thrilling was touring the museum itself.
Sure, giving a talk to a mixed Native and non-Native audience was great, too, and reminiscent of writing Indian Voices for both groups.
A nice place to introduce the paperback edition of Indian Voices, on November 1, start of Native American Heritage Month. For the first time, I showed photographs of some the people I interviewed, and their homelands. Thanks to my husband for being there and taking pictures, but does anyone think we need a better camera??
Is there an adult in Indian Country who does not know the name Russell Means, or that of his compatriot in the American Indian Movement (AIM), Dennis Banks?
Whenever Native friends mentioned Means to me over the years, there was often ambivalence. Usually it involved his private behavior vis a vis his political influence. But what I mostly heard, again and again and again, and read about again and again and again, was that AIM galvanized, electrified, transmogrified, an often disheartened Native youth into a movement. Suddenly, Indian people felt differently about themselves and their future.
It cannot be said that Means’s plans worked out so well. But it must be said that his angry attempts to focus attention on problems within and without Indian Country, on the injustice perpetrated on individuals and tribal nations, were a shot in the arm, and a call to arms, to many. It seems to me that amid the myriad programs Native activists continue to advance today, on some level, Means’s influence is there.
Join Alison at Book Passage in Corte Madera for the relaunch of Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans, now in Paperback.
7 PM November 1, 2012
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard Corte Madera, CA 94925