October 5, 2017 –
Come hear local author Jerry D. Mathes read from his latest book, Shipwrecks and Other Stories on October 5, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stay afterwards for a conversation with Mathes on the art and craft of constructing stories based on job experiences.
Shipwrecks and Other Stories focuses on the men and women trying to rediscover who they are while struggling in love and longing, adultery and addiction, staying in a place and moving on. Characters in these tales haunt the fringes of their own lives shipwrecked in society as they seek identity in “stories…laced with hope and threaded through with moments of grace. Mathes shines the harsh light of realism on the daily conflicts, large and small, that define his characters’ fears and desires and, often, determine their very survival.” (Kim Barnes, author)
Jerry D. Mathes II a Jack Kent Cooke alumnus and is the author Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life on Fire, winner of the North American Book Prize; an essay collection Fever and Guts: A Symphony; The Journal West: Poems, and Still Life, the winner of the Meadow Prize for the Novella. His short fiction collection, Shipwrecks and Other Stories received honorable mention in 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival. He is currently working with a producer to develop a film adapted from his memoir Ahead of the Flaming Front and finishing up his second memoir, In Strange Company. His photography, poems, essays, and short stories, have won numerous awards. In 2011, he produced a short film, “Drinking Sangria in the Cold War,” which was adapted from one of his award winning short stories. He has worked as a martial arts instructor, an armor crewman, a construction worker, hotel auditor, car salesman, repo-man, delivery guy, cable guy, went logging, worked in forestry, crewed on several types of fishing vessels, fought wildfire on a helicopter-rappel crew, taught writing at the University of Idaho and Stephen F. Austin State University and taught the Southernmost Writers Workshop in the World at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Antarctica during the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 Austral summer seasons where he worked in logistics. He also wrote and directed two short films while at the South Pole. In 2012 he produced a video essay about wildfire. He loves his two daughters very much.
This event will take place on the second floor of the Riverside Public Library, located at 3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501.
This event is free and open to the public.
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