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Catherine Brady & Lysley Tenorio - Thursday, April 26 at 7 PM
Victoria Sweet - Thursday, May 3 at 7 PM
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Curled in the Bed of Love CATHERINE BRADY and LYSLEY TENORIO
Curled in the Bed of Love and Monstress
Thursday, April 26 at 7 PM

Brady will read from her Flannery O'Connor award-winning story collection, Curled in the Bed of Love - called "an achingly lovely collection about the ache of love" by Robert Olen Butler (author of A Small Hotel). Brady's stories are set in the Bay Area, featuring characters as resolute in evading middle-class conformity as they are in clinging to their illusions about love. What lies in the bed of love are failed dreams, reproofs, ambitions, and stubborn beliefs.

MonstressTenorio, winner of a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Writer's Award, will read from Monstress, his collection of heartbreaking, vivid stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines. His stories have been called "poignant, imaginative, somehow sad and funny all at once. Tenorio's characters walk tightropes between the Philippines and America, between illusions and reality, between family ties and the need to strike out alone. Monstress is a wonderful read." - Anthony Doerr, author of Memory Wall.

God's Hotel
Thursday, May 3 at 7 PM

Victoria Sweet, who has been seeing patients at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital for the past 20 years, shares the story of this last almshouse in the country and descendant of the "Hotel-Dieu" (God's hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. "Anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times" and needed extended medical care (including ballet dancers, rock stars and thieves) ended up here. Sweet also reveals surprising truths about the essence, cost and value of caring for body and soul.

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