We're ending our 2019 season where we began--at the famed Dakota apartments in New York! In January 2019 we opened with Tom Barbash’s acclaimed novel The Dakota Winters. This month, we’re back at The Dakota, with Christine S. O’Brien’s Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing. In her memoir, of a secretly dysfunctional family, Lauren Bacall, and meals consisting of blended salads and a handful of almonds, Christine and her brothers are exceedingly hungry. We're also pleased to present Sacramento memoirist, Jen Palmares Meadows, with some gambling, cooking, and card-playing, from her memoir-in-progress, Betting on Brown. Readings will be performed by Kelley Ogden and Justine Lopez.
Friday, October 25, 2019
1425 24th Street, Sacramento.
Doors open at 7PM. Readings begin at 7:30.
A $10 donation is suggested.
About our writers
Christine O'Brien's memoir, Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing, was hailed as a “page turner” by Booklist and “a 20th Century fairytale” by The New York Times. The daughter of Academy Award-, Emmy Award-, and Golden Globe-winning movie and television producer Edgar J. Scherick, Christine grew up in New York City and Beverly Hills, and has been writing since she was nine years old. She’s the host of the podcast, Good Morning Writing! and her lyrical essays and short stories have appeared in The Seneca Review and The Slush Pile Magazine, among other publications. She has taught memoir writing at The Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA and was the nonfiction workshop teacher at the Leopardi Writer’s Conference in Recanati, Italy in July 2019. She lives in the Bay area with her husband and two children and teaches at St. Mary’s College\
Jen Palmares Meadows' essays have appeared in Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Denver Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony Fellow, and a recipient of a 2019 Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant. A Sacramento writer, she earned a M.A. in Creative Writing from California State University Sacramento and is currently completing Betting On Brown, an experimental coming-of-age gambling memoir, mixing lyrical prose with card games, recipes, and reportage.
About our readers
Kelley Ogden is a frequent reader at Stories on Stage Sacramento, an actress, writer, director and producer, who was most recently seen onstage in the Capital Stage productions of Between Riverside and Crazy and Sweat. In addition to working with Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Main Street Theatre Works and Theater Galatea, Ogden co-founded KOLT Run Creations, a local fringe theater company. She earned a BFA in performance from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. She will read an excerpt from Christine S. O’Brien’s Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing.
Justine Lopez is a Filipino-American actor, comedian, and teacher, born and raised in Sacramento. She studied theatre arts at Cosumnes River College where her acting credits included This is Not What I Ordered, The Chisera, and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. After college she discovered improv comedy. She has studied and performed at ComedySportz Sacramento and Sacramento Comedy Spot, where she now instructs Improv 101 and leads workshops around the Sacramento area. At the Sacramento Comedy Spot she performs in improv troupes such as Lady Business, Anti-Cooperation League, Masters of Rap Improv, and Improv Jazz. During the day, Justine teaches improv as an after-school program at John F. Kennedy High School.