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For Immediate Release - January 21, 2011 

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File: NR:  Two Authors on One Great Night!

Photos:  Roy Kesey, David Van, Bookcovers:  Caribou Island, Pacazo




Two Authors on One Great Night

      Author David Vann was born in Lakeport; he still has roots there and eventually graduated from Santa Rosa High School in Sonoma County. Roy Kesey grew up in Potter Valley and Mendocino County. They are both authors who have several books behind them, but who are on the literary radar with their latest outings.  Vann has just released Caribou Island and Kesey will have his new book Pacazo released in early February.  Critics are buzzing about both of them.

     The two have known each other since childhood and are returning to their roots as part of a joint Northern California book tour to let readers know about their respective works.  As part of their return to Lake and Mendocino Counties, the Friends of the Mendocino College Library will be hosting a reading on the Ukiah campus on Monday, February 7th at 7:30 PM in the Little Theater.  Mendocino Book Company will be on hand with copies of their books for those who would like to get signed editions following the readings. 

     For those unfamiliar with Kesey or Vann, both are considered part of the new tide of younger authors who have taken literary paths that many of their literary brethren have avoided. While Vann’s new novel is set in Alaska, Kesey’s is set in Peru, and both take imaginary turns that will keep readers enthralled. Both have won international literary prizes as well as critical acclaim at home. Vann was recently awarded the Prix Medicis in France, only one of nine American authors to be ever receive the award, in the company of Philip Roth, Paul Auster and John Hawkes. Kesey’s novella, All Over, received first prize from the Bullfight Media Short Book Award.

     Recently, David Vann’s work has been praised in the San Francisco Chronicle by author Wayne Harrison who said, "Vann's first book, the story collection Legend of a Suicide (2008), earned him the acclaim of being one of the best writers of his generation. His first novel is a worthy successor. Abounding in language that heightens our senses for the next evocative metaphor, Caribou Island gives us a climax as haunting and realized as any in recent fiction." 

     In a similar vein, Kesey has been praised in advance for Pacazo by writers such as National Book Award finalist Don Chaon, who said, “Intense, hypnotic and stunningly visceral, Roy Kesey's story of a man driven to madness by the murder of his wife grabs you from the first page and drags you into a dark, hallucinatory journey that you won't want to stop. It's one of those books that reminds you of the great power of a novel to transport and transform a reader.”


     Admission is free to the reading by David Vann and Roy Kesey, which also marks the seventh anniversary of the formation of the Friends of the Mendocino College Library. It is an affiliate group of the Mendocino College Foundation. This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation.  For more information about this reading please visit  or phone (707) 468-3051.






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Created: January 21, 2011 @ 10:50 AM
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