Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 pm

Speaker Series: Sion Dayson, Author of As a River

Join us as we welcome Sion Dayson, former Stone Court Writer-in Residence, on Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m.  As a River, her debut novel, explores family secrets and the fault lines of southern history.

It’s 1977.  Bannen, Georgia, a small town nestled amid pine forests, is rife with contrasts: natural beauty and racial tension, small-town charm and long-term poverty.  An unsettling place for a Black man who fled it years ago and has since traveled the world.  But Greer Michaels has to come home, to care for his dying mother.  And that means confronting the ghosts of his past.  Written in spare and lyrical prose, As a River moves back and forth across decades, evoking the mysterious play of memory as it touches upon shame and redemption, despair and connection. At its heart it’s a novel about our struggles to understand each other, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

About the author: Sion Dayson grew up in North Carolina and earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She has won grants and residencies from the Kerouac House, the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and spent the spring semester in Stockbridge as the Stone Court Writer-in-Residence in 2016.  Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Utne Reader, and many other venues, and her writings often focus on travel, living abroad, and her literary hero, James Baldwin. Her popular blog paris (im)perfect explored the City of Light’s less glamorous side. After a decade in Paris, she now resides in Valencia, Spain.

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