Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 6:00 PM
Date Palms, Eucalyptus, and Orange Blossoms: Places, History and Story in California an intimate conversation with author Susan Straight and editor Gayle Wattawa, hosted by Anthea Hartig
Join us for this special evening with Susan Straight who is on tour sharing about her newest and ninth novel, Between Heaven and Here (McSweeney’s, 2012). Walter Mosley wrote that our guest "with a sleight of hand only the masters have, she creates an alley, a neighborhood, a history that is as rich and tragic as any Shakespearean tale" with her latest work. This place that Susan has gone back to now for 22 years is her fictional Rio Seco, based on her own life’s place, Riverside. Heyday lovers will also know her from her exquisite contribution to Inlandia, and we’re honored that the path-breaking compilation’s editor, Gayle Wattawa, will join Susan in the Society’s gracious main gallery. Together they’ll converse on the meaning, construction and idea of home, as Susan says “of people who stay and people who leave.” As a third-generation Inland Valley girl, the Society’s Executive Director Dr. Anthea Hartig is particularly thrilled to bring such probing reflections of her heimat to the City by the Bay.
We’ll leave plenty of time for questions, and Between Heaven and Here will be available for purchase and signing as will Inlandia and many of the Heyday titles that CHS is honored to offer in our shared bookstore Ten Lions. Refreshments and nibbles, per always, are included.
Admission is free, but RSVPS are required and you can do so at susanstraight.eventbrite.com.