Reading by Carole Firstman with Music by Stomata
Take a break from the rush of everyday life and join the River Parkway Trust for Respite by the River. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket and lawn chair, and relax on the Ranch House front lawn while you enjoy live dinner music provided by talented local musicians. Then you'll enjoy a reading by a Central Valley author.
Dessert will be available for sale. Macca's Wine Bar will be open during the dinner hour with wines for sale by the glass
Evening Schedule is as follows:
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Live dinner music, bring your dinner, purchase your glass of wine or dessert
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Reading by acclaimed author
8:00 p.m. - BookÂ sales and signing
Carole Firstman is an award-winning essayist, memoirist and journalist. Her book, Origins of the Universe and What It All Means, was a Paris Review Staff Pick and praised by The New York Times as “a strangely dazzling memoir.” Telling the story of her remarkable childhood with an arachnologist father, the book explores the intersection of science, philosophy and our basic human need to sort out difficult familial relationships. Critics are calling it “pitch perfect,” “innovative,” and a “compelling narrative” of “rare quality.” Firstman’s work has appeared in numerous places, including Colorado Review, South Dakota Review, Watershed Review, Defunct Magazine, Reed Magazine, Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood, Gannett Newspapers and McClatchy Newspapers. Among other honors, Firstman has been twice noted in Best American Essays, received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, and won the 2015 Dzanc Nonfiction Book Prize. She lives in Visalia and she teaches writing at College of the Sequoias and California State University, Fresno.