November 17th Yuba Lit Features Short Story Writer Vanessa Hua, Memoirist Louise Nayer, and Poet Ingrid Keriotis

Vanessa Hua’s Deceit and Other Possibilities is one of this year’s most anticipated fiction releases, called a “searing debut” by Oprah Magazine and described as “fast-paced, dazzling, smart and fun” by celebrated novelist Gary Shteyngart. From a Hong Kong movie idol fleeing a sex scandal to a Korean-American pastor with a secret agenda, the characters in Hua’s story collection embody the conflict between self and society, tradition and change. Yuba Lit is proud to feature Hua, the winner of a prestigious Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, alongside San Francisco memoirist Louise Nayer and Grass Valley poet Ingrid Keriotis on Thursday, November 17th, at 7 p.m. at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley.

In addition to Yuba Lit’s three featured readers, audience members are invited 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 to read their work. The opening flash readings are always a lively highlight of Yuba Lit.

Yuba Lit starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17th at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. The $5-$10 sliding scale cover (no one turned away for lack of funds), is split 50/50 between benefiting the Bear Yuba Land Trust, and supporting basic operating costs of Yuba Lit. Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer coffee, tea, and fresh food for sale. An audience Q and A with our readers caps the festive community evening.

More on Yuba Lit’s November Readers:

Bay Area native Vanessa Hua is an award-winning journalist and fiction writer, as well as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. For nearly two decades, she has been writing about Asia and the diaspora, filing stories from China, Burma, Panama, South Korea, Abu Dhabi, and Ecuador. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker online, Salon, San Francisco, Washington Post, The Atlantic, ZYZZYVA, and Guernica. She has also written two novels forthcoming from Ballantine.

Louise Nayer is the author of Burned: A Memoir, an Oprah Great Read, endorsed by Isabel Allende and the winner of the Wisconsin Library Association Award. She has also authored two books of poetry– Keeping Watch and The Houses Are Covered in Sound—and is co-author of How to Bury a Goldfish: 113 Rituals for Everyday Life. Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen will be published in June 2017. She is a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto where she also teaches memoir writing.
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Ingrid Keriotis’ poetry has recently appeared in Poetry Now and Blue Unicorn. Her poems were also published in the anthology More Than Soil, More Than Sky. Though a native Californian, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. She has been teaching English and creative writing for 16 years, and currently teaches English at Sierra College. A resident of Grass Valley, she is inspired daily by her students, her two daughters, her husband Dimitri, and the incredible Sierra Nevada foothills.

A community reading series celebrating great writing in the Sierra foothills, Yuba Lit launched September 2015 with a program featuring novelists Joshua Mohr and Christian Kiefer, and poet Molly Fisk. Subsequent Yuba Lits have featured novelists Janis Cooke Newman, Louis B. Jones, and Josh Weil, memoirists Frances Stroh and Cris Mulvey, and poets Indigo Moor and Eugene Berson among many other readers, consistently drawing robust audiences.

Fifty percent of Yuba Lit’s proceeds benefit the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Yuba Lit is produced and hosted by Nevada City memoirist and fiction writer Rachel Howard and co-produced by poet Angela Sells. If you’d like to volunteer or join our mailing list, please email Rachel at rachel (dot) howard (at) gmail (dot) com. You can learn more about Rachel at

Special thanks to The Open Book, Harmony Books, and Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.  Hope you can join us for great live literature at Yuba Lit!