The BIG READ Presents:

JOYCE CAROL OATES: LIFE AS A WRITER
and
Panel on the Art of the Short Story

This is an exciting program. The Big Read is featuring a series of short videos that highlight Joyce Carol Oates, a keynote speaker at this year’s Literary Conference. We are featuring her latest collection of short stories: Lovely, Dark, Deep- a runner up for last year’s Pulitzer Prize. She talks about the role of art in our society, her life as a writer, how her current themes and literary style has evolved and what it has meant to her to be an important literary figure aware of  a responsibility to make a contribution to the literary community. She is down to earth, witty and so creative in her answers to questions that it is thrilling to hear her responses. At the end, we have a clip where JCO, while talking with her interviewer, literally starts creating a vignette about her encounter with a squirrel that is both charming, totally engaging and could show up sometime in a story. It’s exciting to watch her creative process.

 

The second part of our program is a panel of three published short story writers from our San Miguel community talking about the evolution of the short story from it’s early oral tradition to contemporary writing and why they have chosen short story writing rather than novels-what is the compelling difference in content and writing style. We end the panel by talking about the process-pros and cons- of publishing short stories as opposed to novels. These are such talented people. We can look forward to an interesting evening for both writers and readers.

Santa Anna Theater, Wednesday Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.. Tickets are already on Sale at the Santa Ana. Please get your tickets early. Lovely, Dark, Deep, the book, can be bought at this event.

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