The Oregonian named Luna’s debut novel from Tin House a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. The book has also received great reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, BUST Magazine, and Portland Mercury. It was chosen as Book of the Week by editors at Oprah.com.
“Enlightening and marked by inventive subject matter, intense reflection and stark eloquence.” – Kirkus Review
Is access to housing a basic human right? The characters in the novel, a group of starry-eyed idealists, certainly believe so. Luna’s novel tells the story of a colony of squatters, people priced out of the rental market, who stake claims on abandoned tenements in lower Manhattan and create a thriving community in the mid-nineties. Luna braids together the larger fight against the city’s battering rams with the building’s interpersonal dynamics. Her characters are deeply sympathetic and richly drawn, portrayed as struggling New Yorkers first, political outliers second. (Watch the trailer for the book at http://vimeo.com/74156279)
Luna’s novel began as an exploration of gentrification, a hot topic for her new home of Portland as well as here at the coast.
Luna is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Brooklyn College, and her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, PANK, Avery Anthology, failbetter,Novembre Magazine, and elsewhere. She is also known for the ‘Writer, with Kids’ column, a regular feature on her blog in which writers of every stripe talk about how parenting has influenced their process. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Following Luna’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work.
Admission for the evening is $5.
The Writers’ Series Reading Group will meet the Thursday prior to Luna’s reading, October 16th, 6:30 pm at the Manzanita Library. Everyone is invited to bring a friend to both events.
Luna will also teach a workshop from 10 am to 3 pm that day at the Hoffman Center: Writing Without a Map and Revision Strategies.
“What if you skip the outline/plan and plunge ahead with nothing more than a few scraps of dialogue, an idea of something you want to explore, or even just a gut feeling? And then let’s say you’ve done that and you reached the end of a draft? Now what? In this two-part workshop, we’ll let go and allow the work to surprise us, and then we’ll discuss revision strategies and techniques to bring those messy, exuberant first drafts under control.”
Click here to download a registration form and mail in your payment. Please let us know if you’re planning to attend and email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make sure we have enough attendees. The workshop fee is $5o.