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October 18, 2011 > Meet acclaimed author Vendela Vida

Meet acclaimed author Vendela Vida

Submitted By Sally Thomas

Gather at the Hayward Public Library on Monday, October 24, for a special appearance by author Vendela Vida. In addition to her work as a critically acclaimed novelist (And Now You Can Go and Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name were both selected as Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times), Vida is the author of the non-fiction book, Girls on the Verge. A winner of the Kate Chopin Award, Vida is also a founding co-editor of the Believer magazine and the editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers. She co-wrote with Dave Eggers the screenplay for the 2009 film Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes.

The Hayward Public Library's Mostly Literary Fiction Book Group discussed her most recent novel, The Lovers, at their October 11 meeting. The Lovers is a memorable novel about the love between husbands and wives, mothers and children. Twenty-eight years ago, Peter and Yvonne honeymooned in the beautiful coastal village of Dat¨a, Turkey. Now Yvonne is a widow, her twin children grown. Hoping to immerse herself in memories of a happier time - as well as sand and sea-Yvonne returns to Dat¨a. But her plans for a restorative week in Turkey are quickly complicated.

Overwhelmed by the past and unexpectedly dislocated by the environment, Yvonne finds comfort in a newfound friendship with Ahmet, a local boy who makes his living as a shell collector. With the crystalline voice and psychological nuance for which her work has been so celebrated, Vendela Vida has crafted another unforgettable heroine in a stunningly beautiful and mysterious landscape.

This event is co-sponsored by the Hayward Public Library, the Friends of the Hayward Public Library, the AAUW Hayward/Castro Valley Branch, Synchronized Chaos, and the Book Shop on B Street.

An evening with Vendela Vida
Monday, October 24
6 p.m.
Hayward Public Library
835 "C" St., Hayward
(510) 881-7700
sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov

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