Word for Word Performing Arts Company: Dan Chaon's “Stay Awake”

Word for Word Performing Arts Company: Dan Chaon's “Stay Awake”  at Piedmont Ave

The Friends of Piedmont Ave Branch Library present a night of great company, food, and a theatrical reading from National Book Award Finalist, Dan Chaon's newest novel: “Stay Awake.”

Pre-show reception starts at 5pm, which will include the unveiling of our community art project.  This will be followed by Word for Word's reading of an unforgettably haunting story at 6pm and then a talk-back with the company.

Word for Word Performing Arts Company is an ensemble whose mission is to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction. Founded in 1993 by Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter, Word for Word believes in the power of the short story to provide solace, compassion, and insight into our daily lives.

Free tickets will be available at the Piedmont Avenue branch on a first-come-first serve basis starting Monday, October 1, 2013.  Two tickets per person only. Additional tickets may be available through the Friends of Piedmont Ave Branch Library (contact@fopabl.org).

In these haunting, suspenseful stories, lost, fragile, searching characters wander between ordinary life and a psychological shadowland. They have experienced intense love or loss, grief or loneliness, displacement or disconnection—and find themselves in unexpected, dire, and sometimes unfathomable situations.

Dan Chaon’s stories feature scattered families, unfulfilled dreamers, anxious souls. They exist in a twilight realm—in a place by the window late at night when the streets are empty and the world appears to be quiet. But you are up, unable to sleep. So you stay awake.

Praise for Stay Awake:

“Eerily beautiful . . . [Chaon] is the modern day John Cheever.”—Boston Sunday Globe “Mesmerizing . . . gripping, masterful fiction.”—The Plain Dealer
“Superbly disquieting.”—The New York Times


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Piedmont Avenue Branch

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Oakland, CA 94611
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