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Rising Writers: Authors Discuss Debut Novels | SF

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE
Mechanics’ Institute | 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA


Authors Namwali Serpell, The Old Drift and Lydia Kiesling, The Golden State discuss their debut novels with Ted Weinstein.

The Old Drift: On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm-like chorus that calls itself man’s greatest nemesis. The tale? A playful panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction. The moral? To err is human. Exploding with color and energy, The Old Drift is a testament to our yearning to create and cross borders, and a meditation on the slow, grand passage of time.

The Golden State: In Lydia Kiesling’s debut novel, Daphne, a young mother on the edge of a breakdown, flees her life in San Francisco for the high desert of Altavista with her toddler, Honey. Bucking under the weight of being a single parent—her Turkish husband is unable to return to the United States because of a “processing error”—Daphne takes refuge in a mobile home left to her by her grandparents in hopes that the quiet will bring clarity. Set against the beauty of a little-known part of California, The Golden State is about class and cultural breakdowns, and desperate attempts to bridge old and new worlds.


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