Join us as we celebrate the release of the second volume of Janet Fitch’s sweeping saga of a young woman’s coming of age during the Russian Revolution. Proceeds from the event will benefit both the Community of Writers and Stories on Stage Sacramento. Your ticket price includes the conversation with the author, dramatic readings, Russian-themed food, iced vodka in a commemorative shot glass, and musical entertainment by the acoustic band Beaucoup Chapeaux performing Eastern European and Balkan traditional folk songs. Interviewer, Beth Ruyak. Reader, Carissa Meagher.
Friday, July 26, 2019 at the auditorium at CLARA
1425 24th Street, 7PM – 9PM
$30 / $15 Student / $40 premium seating
Adult ticket price includes souvenir shot glass
About author Janet Fitch
Janet Fitch, author and teacher, is the author of the #1 national bestseller White Oleander, a novel translated into 24 languages, an Oprah Book Club book and the basis of a feature film: Paint It Black, also widely translated and made into a 2017 film, and an epic novel of the Russian Revolution in two volumes, The Revolution of Marina M. and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral. Additionally, she has written a young adult novel, Kicks, short stories, essays, articles, and reviews, contributed to anthologies and regularly teaches at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She taught creative writing for 14 years in the USC Master of Professional Writing program, as well as VCFA’s Writing and Publishing program, A Room of Her Own (AROHO), the UCLA Writer’s Program, and Pomona College. She lectures frequently on fiction writing. Fitch was a 2009 Likhachev Cultural Fellow to St. Petersburg, Russia, a Helen R. Whiteley Fellow, a Research Fellow at the Huntington Library and a Moseley Fellow at Pomona College. Fitch graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 1978 with a BA in History. She lives in Los Angeles.
About journalist Beth Ruyak
Beth Ruyak knew she had found a career when she landed her first job as a reporter more than thirty years ago. What she couldn’t have imagined is the people she would meet, miles she would travel and how curious the journey would be. She’s worked in newsrooms in Minnesota to California, covering news, sports, science, health, arts and entertainment. She’s been a reporter, anchor, producer, and writer, hosted daytime television, magazine shows, special events and live coverage. Among the highlights of her career: sideline reporting from 5 Olympic Games and Super Bowl XXV, traversing Europe for 3 Tour de France bicycle races (becoming the first woman television journalist to cover the event), co-hosting “The Home Show,” and guest co-hosting “Good Morning America.” Her news, sports and health reporting have earned Emmy awards and opportunities to interview, learn from and tell stories about people all over the world. As host of “Insight” Beth delights in the opportunity to communicate and converse in the region she calls home. People ask her about the differences between television and radio broadcasting; she says she tries to fill in the visuals with language, sounds, voice and imagination. To Beth, being part of the Capital Public Radio team is a privilege, an adventure and a great reason to go to work everyday. Of course, so is the dance, as she calls it, with the guests and audience on “Insight.”
About actor Carissa Meagher
Carissa Meagher has appeared in Antigone (Big Idea Theatre); Brilliant Traces (Ovation Stage); An Octoroon and Anna Karenina (Capital Stage) and Steel Magnolias (Sacramento Theatre Company.) She’s also appeared in The Little Prince and Henry IV at The Theater at Monmouth in Maine. She earned her BFA in acting from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and an MFA In Playwriting from Ireland’s Lir Academy