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NBCC Reads

Reminder: NBCC Reads in Corte Madera, California, August 4, 7 pm.

By Jane Ciabattari

Join us for an NBCC Reads Conversation on Books about Conjugal Love at Book Passage in Corte Madera, August 4, 7 pm, with NBCC President, Jane Ciabattari, Balakian winner Molly Giles, NBCC members Meredith Maran and Greg Sarris. Included in the discussion will be Annie Dillard's THE MAYTREES, Jane Smiley's A PRIVATE LIFE, Evan Connell's MR. BRIDGE and MRS. BRIDGE, Louise Erdrich's SHADOW TAG, and Peggy Orenstein's memoir WAITING FOR DAISY.

Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925-1145
(415) 927-0960
Jane Ciabattari serves as president of the Naional Book Critics Circle. Her articles and book reviews appear regularly on, The Daily Beast, and dozens of other publications. She is author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire.  Her short stories have been published in  KBG Bar Lit, LOST magazine, Literary Mama, VerbSap, Ms., The North American Review, and the Denver Quarterly.. She has taught at Bennington's Low-Residency MFA program, Knox College, New York University, Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Molly Giles teaches in the creative writing department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She was a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State for 17 years. Her many awards include the Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award and the National Book Critics Circle Nona Balakian Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing. She is author of the novel Iron Shoes and the short story collections Rough Translations, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Creek Walk and Other Stories.

Meredith Maran is an award-winning journalist, book critic, and the author of several bestselling nonfiction books, including Class Dismissed and What It’s Like to Live Now. Her work appears regularly in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines including People,, More Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her next book, My Lie: A True Story of False Memory, will be published in September 2010.

Greg Sarris is author of the story collection Grand Avenue, and co producer, with Robert Redford, of the HBO miniseries based on the book, as well as author of the novel Watermelon Nights and the nonfiction booksKeeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts; Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream and the critical work Approaches to Teaching the Works of Louise Erdrich. Sarris fills the endowed chair in Native American Studies at Sonoma State University and serves as chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.