Writers Reading/Reading Writers: Karen Fisher

Artist Talk, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free

A Sudden CountryA Sudden Countryby Karen FisherKaren Fisher
A Sudden CountryKaren Fisher

The Literary Arts Program at SAR, funded by the Lannan Foundation, is pleased to host the fall “Writers Reading/Reading Writers” event, through which notable creative writers read from their own work and discuss selections from writers who have proven influential in their own creative process. In Karen Fisher’s case, historical sources provide this inspiration, including the life of one of SAR’s founding trustees, the anthropologist Alice Cunningham Fletcher.

This PEN/Faulkner Book Award finalist will read from her acclaimed novel A Sudden Country, as well as passages from a new work, entitled Heart of the Monster. This novel unfolds among the Nez Perce in the late nineteenth century, as outsiders attempt to bring “civilization” to the Nimiipuu. Soon the reservation becomes a crucible in which each character can only be saved by living out the ancient myth of destruction, chaos, and rebirth that is the Heart of the Monster.

“Starting with a few facts of her own ancestor’s migration to Oregon, in 1847, Fisher has written a deeply affecting account of the journey West....The writing is assured, and the novel succeeds in rendering not only the overwhelming landscape and the small, hard details of daily life, but monumental sorrow and the meanderings of love in its many channels.”

New Yorker Magazine, review of A Sudden Country

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