June 2, 2014
Filed Under South Tahoe Events
The Writers’ Series at Lake Tahoe Community College welcomes first-time novelist Ann Gelder on Friday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the LTCC Library. Gelder will read selections from her novel, Bigfoot and the Baby, answer audience questions, and sign copies of her book.
This event is free and open to the entire community.
Gelder’s satirical novel, published by Bona Fide Books in Meyers, explores faith, family, and the power of love. Concerned with the problem of belief in our time, the novel asks essential questions and explores the answers with wild humor funneled through the main character, Jackie Majesky, a frustrated homemaker who, facing the apocalypse, searches for God and finds Bigfoot instead.
Kim Wyatt of Bona Fide Books calls Gelder a “brilliant writer, and in this book she tackles two of our favorite topics: nature, and what we believe in. It’s dark and funny, yet it ends on a hopeful note.”
Gelder isn’t new to writing: her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Crazyhorse, Flavorwire, The Millions, The Rumpus, Tin House, Slush Pile, and other fiction and non-fiction publications. She has taught literature at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. On her website (http://swerveandvanish.blogspot.com/), she refers to herself as a “writer, editor, and recovering academic.” She’s also worked as an online producer and marketing consultant.
Interested and budding fiction writers are also encouraged to join Gelder at the “Making It Strange: A Workshop for Fiction Writers” event on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Bona Fide Books. The workshop is $35 for the general public and $25 for students. Go to www.bonafidebooks.com for more information.
The Writers’ Series event is sponsored by the LTCC Writers’ Series and Poets & Writers, Inc., through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. The LTCC Writers’ Series is committed to providing a cultural outlet for its students and the community by offering free readings, discussions, craft talks and workshops with nationally known award-winning authors, as well as poetry slams, open mic nights and student readings. For more information, contact LTCC Writers’ Series coordinator Suzanne Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.