Word for Word Performing Arts Company is back in Paris (this is their 23rd year) reading short stories by Lucia Berlin (April 9, 7:30PM). The stories are from Berlin’s posthumously published “A Manual for Cleaning Women” featuring: “Her First Detox”, “Emergency Room Notebook 1977”, “Unmanageable”, “502” and “Here It Is Saturday”.
Directed by Nancy Shelby and JoAnne Winter the readings are set to a jazz score by Marcus Shelby. Word for Word —founded in 1993 by Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter— is an ensemble based in SanFrancisco whose mission is to tell great stories… literally “word for word.” The evening is sponsored by the American Library in Paris and Ecole Jeannine Manuel.
Berlin’s stories feature complex women, balancing motherhood, relationships, and a working life. Set in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, they paint a woman’s journey through alcoholism and the unlikely places it takes her. Berlin (1936 – 2004) was an American short story writer. She had a small, devoted following, but did not reach a large audience until In 2015 when a compendium of her short story work was released under the title, “A Manual for Cleaning Women”
She began publishing relatively late in life, under the encouragement and sometimes tutelage of poet Ed Dorn. Her first small collection, “Angels Laundromat,” was published in 1981, but her published stories were written as early as 1960. Several of her stories appeared in magazines such as “The Atlantic” and Saul Bellow’s “The Noble Savage.”
Lucia Berlin’s Stories, April 9, 7:30PM, 2018 at Le Théâtre de la Tour Eiffel. 4, Square Rapp, 15e. Tickets 25/15E. Info and tickets: //americanlibraryinparis.org/w4w/