The Cardigan Connection Presents Pam Houston
Feb 27, 2019 at 04:00 PM — 09:00 PM
Join The Cardigan Connection for an evening with author Pam Houston! We've got a workshop and a talk/signing -- stay for one part or the whole thing!
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4-6PM: The Physical Stuff of Your Life (and how to use it to gain access to the emotional stuff): A Generative Workshop
This will be a generative workshop in which we focus on all the ways the sensory details that surround us—the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures—can give us access to that much more elusive interior landscape we are always trying to access when we write. If we write those details all the way down to the bone. If we sit in the dark with them and let them distill up from the swamps of memory. We will focus on what I believe to be the real artistry of prose writing: the way we dip our ladles into the bottomless pot of metaphor soup of our lived and witnessed experience and pull out what we need; the way we pick up hunks of the physical world and bring them back to the page, translated into language. We will be aiming for work in which the language is always working in at least two ways at once, where metaphors dance between meanings like beads of water on a too hot grill. We will work toward demystifying some of the essential components of prose writing (image, metaphor, structure, dialogue, character, scene, among others) and turning them into comprehensible tools that are at our disposal. We will all, no doubt, be humbled in the face of languages unlimited possibility as well as its limitation. At the same time we will honor (and hope for) the inexplicable flights of creativity (and madness?) that take a good story and make it great.
*Please come armed with pen, paper, or laptop, your vast memory banks, your active and engaged senses, and all the things you don’t even know you know.
**Tickets include an intimate (25 person max) 2-hour workshop with Pam Houston, a personalized copy of the book, and lite bites. Proceeds will go to benefit Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
7-9PM: Talk/Reading and Signing
*Tickets include the talk/reading and a personalized copy of Deep Creek.
**Student pricing available upon request.
About the author: Pam Houston is the prize-winning author of Contents May Have Shifted, among other books. She is professor of English at the University of California–Davis and lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
About the book: On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect. In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."
About The Cardigan Connection: Formerly known as the Point Street Reading Series and Like, Daughter, Like Mother respectively, The Cardigan Connection is the merging together of two brands, both founded by mother-daughter duo Robin Kall and Emily Homonoff. With Robin's decades of experience hosting can't-miss author events and her beloved podcast Reading With Robin and Emily's background in publishing and marketing, the author series became a reality in 2016. What started as another another crazy idea has brought countless award-winning and notable authors to Rhode Island and built a community of curious readers. Founded in 2017, Like Daughter, Like Mother was developed as interactive platform based in banter that also provided a personality-driven speaker series. Now that the two have combined, The Cardigan Connection hosts the monthly author series, solo author events, as well as an interactive online platform.