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Why Not Experiment?
“I’m a very contrary person,” Karen Joy Fowler admitted in an interview at109.com, “so rules or formula are actually very energizing and inspiring to mepartly because I have no intention of following them.” Fowler, our featuredspeaker for the November 20 meeting, has found that breaking genre ruleshelps her “think about stories and where they can go.”Short stories established Fowler as a science fiction writer. She then went on tomerge sci-fi with mainstream fiction in her first novel,
, set inWashington Territory in 1873. Readers are drawn to the enigmatic Sarah buthave to wonder whether she’s an alien. Fowler’s second novel,
The Sweetheart Season
, relies on post–World War Two Minnesota to provide the setting for a fantasy.
blends well-researched fact with ingenious conjecture. But Fowler refuses to classify the work as historical fiction because shewas more interested in creating human drama than in depicting San Francisco during the Gilded Age.
The Jane Austen Book Club
, taking place in California’s Central Valley, was widely acclaimed as a contemporary comedy ofmanners but marketed as “chick lit” in the U.K.
, Fowler’s most recent novel, is set in present-day SantaCruz, where a woman tries to find the truth about her family. She has mysteries to solve, but the story is really aquest. It’s also a game in which the author challenges us to distinguish between reality and fiction in a world wherereal people become characters in blogs.“As a reader,” Fowler says, “there’s no aisle in the bookstore in which I don’t shop. As a writer, I always want to betrying something new. Not a great career probably, to leave things I know how to do in favor of things I don’t, butthat’s what keeps writing fun for me—those new problems to be solved, those new techniques to work on.” Soundsappealing doesn’t it, but can we really cast aside our literary shackles and experiment? Why not? Come to theNovember meeting and join the fun.
Member Profile: Aline Soules
Aline Soules' work has appeared in journals, e-zines, and anthologies such as
Variations on the Ordinary, Literature of the Expanding Frontier,
. Her book,
The Size of the World,
was co-published with
The Shape of the Heart
by Plain View Press. Poems from her chapbook,
have appeared in thepublications
Reed, Shaking Like a Mountain,
The Houston Literary Review.
Prose poems from
Meditation on Woman
have appeared in
Tattoo Highway,Poetry Midwest, Long Story Short, the Newport Review
, and the
Save the Date for CWC-BB Holiday Luncheon
Save the date for our CWC-BB writers’ holiday luncheon on Saturday, December 3, 2011, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Our theme—Paris Noire. Our mascot—the Black Cat in a Santa Hat. Our location: Grand Tavern, 3601 GrandAvenue, Oakland. Limited parking is available in the restaurant parking lot and along Grand Avenue. GrandTavern is located about a mile up from the Grand Lake Theatre (between Safeway and Ace Hardware) in aconverted multistory private residence. Grand Tavern is handicapped-accessible with a ramp through the backentrance. A few steps lead from the street into the restaurant at the front. (See invitation on page 11.)