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