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Rising Writers Series

Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM (PDT)

Rising Writers Series

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Mechanics' Institute Member   more info Mar 13, 2019 Free $0.00
Friends of Ted Mar 21, 2019 Free $0.00
Public Mar 13, 2019 $15.00 $0.00

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Authors Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree and Elaine Castillo, America is Not the Heart

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras 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. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation.

 

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Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksElectric LiteratureGuernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She has received fellowships and awards from The Missouri Review, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. She is the book columnist for KQED Arts, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate. She was a 2015 fellow at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto.

 

America is Not the Heart is the story of an immigrant family. When Hero De Vera arrives in America, she is haunted by the political upheaval in the Philippines and disowned by her parents. Her uncle gives her a fresh start in the Bay Area, and he doesn’t ask about her past. But his daughter – the first American-born daughter in the family–can’t resist asking Hero about her damaged hands.  This is a sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history.

 

BIO

Elaine Castillo was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and received her MA in creative and life writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. She lives in Milpitas, California. America is Not the Heart is her first novel.

The Rising Writers Series is a forum for the Bay Area's emerging authors to discuss the cultural issues that matter to them. By presenting conversations between writers on the rise, their peers or mentors, we give authors a stage to celebrate their work and examine the inspirations and challenges they face in California today.  Co-curated and hosted by Theodore Gioia.

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Mechanics' Institute - 4th Floor Meeting Room
57 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94104

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM (PDT)


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Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room

The Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.

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