What: Saint Mary's College's Social Justice Speakers Series presents author Dorothy Allison, who will speak about: "Telling stories in mean times â€“ Can writers actually make a difference?"
Who: Dorothy Allison's bestselling novel "Bastard Out of Carolina" was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award and was made into an award-winning movie. In 1998 Allison published "Cavedweller," a novel about the relationship between mothers and daughters that became a national bestseller and was named New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The themes in her writing reflect her background growing up poor and female in the South. Allison was raised in extreme poverty by her mother's family in Greenville, South Carolina, where she was often beaten and raped by her abusive stepfather between the ages of 5 and 11 years old.
Allison has been called "one of the finest writers of her generation" by the Boston Globe and "simply stunning" by the New York Times Book Review. Dorothy is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the publication of her work in "Best American Short Stories 2003" and "Best New Stories From the South 2003," the 2001 Tanner Prize in Ethics and Community from Stanford University, the 2004 Literary Laureate of the San Francisco Public Library and the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Prize for fiction.
When: Tuesday, November 27. 7:30 p.m.
Where: Claeys Lounge, Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga
Contact: Shawny Anderson (925) 631-4468