Sub­texts Ariel Gore reads at Op.Cit Books; Ra­dius Books cel­e­brates a decade

Pasatiempo - - NEWS - — Jennifer Levin

Week­end book events

For­mal cre­ative-writ­ing in­struc­tion has long im­posed a spe­cific struc­ture for dra­matic sto­ries. Gus­tav Frey­tag, a 19th-cen­tury Ger­man nov­el­ist, de­vised the model of ex­po­si­tion, ris­ing ac­tion, cli­max, fall­ing ac­tion, res­o­lu­tion, which pro­vides the ba­sis for the bulk of tra­di­tion­ally writ­ten plot-driven nov­els. This shape, when il­lus­trated vis­ually, looks sort of like a pyra­mid. To Ariel, the pro­tag­o­nist of Ariel Gore’s mem­oirish novel, We Were Witches (Fem­i­nist Press), it looks and sounds like male gen­i­talia — and when she en­coun­ters it in grad­u­ate school she knows im­me­di­ately that it isn’t what she wants to cre­ate. In Witches, Gore mixes fact, fic­tion, prose, po­etry, frac­tured nar­ra­tives, and fairy tales in a se­ries of vi­gnettes to pur­pose­fully in­vert the pyra­mid, declar­ing “in­vo­ca­tions, deep­en­ing ac­tion, re­sis­tance, de­noue­ment” to be the stylis­tic cen­ter of her book. Gore, the founder and editor of Hip Mama magazine and au­thor of books in­clud­ing The End of Eve: A Mem­oir (2014) and All the Pretty Peo­ple: Tales of Carob, Shame, and Bar­bie-Envy (2011) reads from Witches at 2 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 8, at Op.Cit Books (157 Paseo de Per­alta, 505-428-0321) pre­sented by the poet Bar­bara Ro­bidoux. The Santa Fe-based Ra­dius Books cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary of de­sign­ing and pub­lish­ing gor­geous art books on Satur­day, Oct. 7, with the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Artist Week­end. Eighty artists and writ­ers join the book-lov­ing pub­lic for a sale and auc­tion that in­cludes­book sign­ings, food trucks, and mu­sic. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. un­der a large out­door tent at 227 E. Palace Ave. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-983-4068 or visit www.ra­dius­books.org.

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