March Yuba Lit to Feature Sri Lankan Novelist Nayomi Munaweera, with Dimitri Keriotis and Ben Preston

The fourth installment of the Yuba Lit community reading series on March 17th will feature acclaimed novelist Nayomi Munaweera, whose just released second-novel, What Lies Between Us, has already been named one of the most anticipated books of 2016 by publications like BuzzFeed and Elle Magazine. Born in Sri Lanka but now living in Oakland, Munaweera will be joined by Grass Valley’s very own Dimitri Keriotis, author of the short story collection The Quiet Time, and Nevada City writer and musician Ben Preston, who has recently finished a novel, All the World Drowning.

In addition to our three featured readers, audience members are encouraged to bring a page or a poem for our opening flash readings. Any audience member who brings a poem or a page will be given a raffle ticket; five readers will be drawn from the raffle, and given the mike for three minutes each to read their work.

Yuba Lit starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17th at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. The $5 cover, payable in cash at the door, benefits the Bear Yuba Land Trust. Locally produced wine from Szabo and Sierra Starr wineries will be served.

Yuba Lit’s March Readers:

Nayomi Munaweera

NAYOMI MUNAWEERA was born in Sri Lanka, and grew up in Nigeria. She emigrated with her family to the United States in her early teens, and now lives in Oakland, CA. Her first novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, won the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region and was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. Booklist called Island of a Thousand Mirrors “a breathtaking work of lyrical prose and vivid, transporting imagery.” Munaweera’s new novel, What Lies Between Us, follows a teenage Sri Lankan immigrant, and has already been featured on BuzzFeed’s and Elle Magazine’s “Best of 2016” lists.

Headshot Dimitri Keriotis

Grass Valley resident DIMITRI KERIOTIS published his debut collection of short stories, The Quiet Time, with SFA Press. Novelist Benjamin Percy has called Keriotis “a talented, deeply empathetic writer who chronicles everyday lives in crisis” and called The Quiet Time “a moving collection of stories.” His work has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Georgetown Review, Evening Street Review, Flyway, BorderSenses, and elsewhere. Raised in Northern California, Keriotis served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaire and Bolivia, and now teaches English at Modesto Junior College. He co-coordinates the High Sierra Institute and teaches creative writing at San Francisco State’s Sierra Field Campus.

Ben Preston

Nevada City writer BEN PRESTON was raised in Wisconsin and spent several years in Japan before moving to California. He works as a teacher and musician, and is currently finishing his first novel, All the World Drowning, the story of a lonely child in rural Wisconsin discovering whether he has the gift of prophecy his father claims, and navigating an increasingly surreal life of visions, drugs and new-age cults. Preston has published book of poems, titled A Life Feral, and produced two albums of original music with his band, The Bluetail Flies.

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Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Szabo and Sierra Star wineries.  Visit to learn more about the trail building and conservation efforts of the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Please join us to celebrate great writing in the Sierras at Yuba Lit!