Why There Are Words Literary Reading September 8: Longing

Carolina De Robertis

Join us September 8th at 7PM, Studio 333 in Sausalito for beverages, books, and readings from September’s selection of talented readers. The theme is Longing.

Carolina De Robertis’ first novel, The Invisible Mountain, was an international  bestseller translated into fifteen languages, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, an O, The Oprah Magazine 2009 Terrific Read, and the recipient of a Rhegium Julii Prize. She grew up in a Uruguayan-Argentinean family that emigrated to England, Switzerland, and California. Her translations of Latin American fiction have appeared in Granta, Zoetrope: Allstory, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her second novel, Perla, is forthcoming from Knopf in March 2012. She is currently at work on her third novel.

Audrey Ferber

Audrey Ferber received an MFA in Writing from Mills College. Her short stories have been anthologized in Virtually Now, Eating Our Hearts Out, and An Intricate Weave. Her essays have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Travelers’ Tales for Women, and most recently in FRONTIERS: A Journal of Women Studies. She has written book reviews for the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle. Audrey is a book group leader and teaches writing at UC Berkeley Extension. She is at work on a memoir about aging, marriage, and dance classes.

Louis B. Jones

Louis B. Jones is the author of Ordinary Money, Particles and Luck, and California’s Over, which were all named New York Times Notable Books in their respective years. An NEA fellow and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, he has written several screenplays – originals and adaptations of his own work – for studios and for independents. He’s been a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review and has served as visiting writer at a number of colleges around the country. For some years he has acted as the fiction director for the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He lives with his family in Nevada City.

Christina M. Meldrum

Christina M. Meldrum is the author of the recently-published novel Amaryllis in Blueberry and of Madapple, a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award and the William C. Morris Award. She received her Bachelor of Arts in religious studies and political science from the University of Michigan. After working in grassroots development in Africa, she earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She interned with the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland, and worked as a litigator for the law firm of Shearman & Sterling. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Nina Vida

Nina Vida is the author of seven novels, including Maximilian’s Garden, The End of Marriage, and Goodbye, Saigon. In November 2010, she made her first solo foray into the world of e-books with her novel about Mexico, Children of Guerrero. Her fiction in large part deals with the cataclysmic effects of historic and social upheaval on the lives of ordinary people. She is a native Californian, and lives with her husband Marvin in Huntington Beach, California.


John Yewell


After twenty years of journalism, John Yewell decided fiction was a better guide to truth. So he switched. He has just finished his first novel. The Spanish Beauty, from which he will read, is set in the Ventura and Los Angeles counties of a hundred years ago. The writer Lynn Stegner has called John’s writing “sensuous in its rendering—the impressionistic realism characteristic of the 20th century novel that recalls writers like Steinbeck, Cather, and Houston.” John is a fourth generation Californian and a student in the MFA program at San Francisco State.