Virginia Woolf and Linda Gray Headline Summer Literary Feast
By Maia Williams
July Literary Sala Presentations:
Victoria Roberts (The New Yorker)
Linda Gray (Dallas [TV]; The Road to Happiness)
Thu, Jul 14, 5pm
Hotel Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15
100 pesos, members 50 pesos
San Miguel Poetry Café Open Mic
Thu, Jul 21, 5pm
Sala Literaria Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías 75
Summer Book Fair
Sat, Aug 20, 10am–2pm
(location to be announced)
At first glance, the lives of Virginia Woolf and Linda Gray may appear glaringly dissimilar. Upon closer examination, we find that neither woman was content to live within the social mores of her time. Instead, both women challenged the status quo by choosing to excel in professions of their own choosing. In her own way, each woman made a mark that won’t soon be forgotten. The San Miguel Literary Sala invites you to experience both of their stories firsthand.
Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own
This classic essay, first published in 1929, will come to life on Saturday, July 9, at Bellas Artes. Catherine Bryne spent more than a year researching Virginia Woolf’s life and work before beginning her adaptation of A Room of One’s Own for the stage. Since its debut in 1992, she has performed it in venues large and small, formal and makeshift, from Florida to Vermont, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ms. Bryne considers A Room of One’s Own to be the defining artistic work of her career.
Ms. Woolf’s inquiry into the role of women (of genius) in society remains remarkably relevant. Don’t miss this theatrical nod to a major literary figure of the 20th century.
Summer Writing Workshops
Four popular instructors from the annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference will teach four-week workshops during the month of July at Bellas Artes:
1) “Writing a Page-Turner” with Diana Spechler (fiction/nonfiction)
2) “The Art of Memoir and Travel Writing” with Laurie Gough
3) “Writing the Play That Moves You” with Meredith Allen
4) “Blogging and Social Media Fundamentals” with Mittie Roger
Please register online by Monday, July 4.
Champagne Brunch with Linda Gray
Linda Gray, author of The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction (published in 2015), is an award-winning actress, an accomplished director, and a former United Nations ambassador. Her portrayal of Sue Ellen Ewing in the original TV series Dallas brought her international fame and critical acclaim. The role earned her an Emmy nomination for Best Actress, and she was voted Woman of the Year by The Hollywood Radio & Television Society. After starring in the #1 show on television for 11 years, she appeared in roles in numerous TV movies and starred in theater productions on Broadway and in London’s West End.