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California Calling Book Launch with Natalie Singer
California Calling Book Launch with Natalie Singer
WhenMonday, Mar. 5, 2018, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WhereElliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave
Seattle, Washington

Join us for an evening of reflection on American identity, with MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics alum Natalie Singer, author of the new lyric memoir California Calling: A Self-Interrogation, and Sonora Jha, Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence and author of Foreign.

About California Calling:
California Calling is a self-interrogation of obsession, emigration, and identity. Natalie Singer’s story opens in a courtroom on a witness stand, where she’s forced to testify in a family breakup that changes the course of her life. At sixteen Natalie emigrates from Montreal and the secrets it holds to the golden promise of the California Bay Area, just as her Jewish ancestors fled Russia and went west for a new life. Through uneasy rituals of high school pep rallies and college sex in boats and the backs of pickups, to a summer tracing a serial killer through the heart of Gold Country, to an eventual journalism career in San Francisco and the deserts of Palm Springs, Natalie aches to forge an American identity. At once an intimately unflinching memoir and a probing examination of the family and cultural myths that shape us, California Calling calls upon history, reportage, witness interrogation tactics, music and pop culture, and the iconography of the West to explore whether we can cure loneliness through landscape. Ultimately, California Calling is a search for a state of belonging.

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