Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reading at Bird & Beckett

I'm doing a reading this Sunday, July 27, at Bird & Beckett, one of the best neighborhood bookstores in San Francisco. I'll be reading a piece or two together with three fascinating writers: Karen Lillis, Margarita Meklina, Lauren Traetto. I know Margarita Meklina's work best: her Russian-language book of stories and essays won the prestigious Andrey Bely prize in St. Petersburg a few years ago, for its contribution to Russian prose, and she's done some fine work in English -- including an interview with Ursula Le Guin!

The reading is titled "Fertile Chaos" and promises to show off writers "experimenting in various unique ways with prose and story." I've been digging through my archives trying to figure out what story to read. Should I read the "we" story (a piece written from the first-person plural point of view) that makes people confused about who the narrator is? An all-dialogue story with a twist ending? A story framed as an essay? Looking through these old pieces inspires me to experiment wider and wilder :)

The reading is at 2 pm, July 27, Bird & Beckett at 653 Chenery Street.


  1. Olga! So sorry to have missed this and also the Stories on Stage. I always enjoy reading your work. Next time you're in Sacramento, let me know- I'd love to buy you a coffee.

  2. Thanks, Robin! Hope I'll get there soon -- Stories on Stage have been consistently great, and I look forward to returning to listen :)