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The Writer's Studio Featuring Eva Hagberg Fisher

  • Tri-Chromatic Gallery 1321 J Street Modesto, CA (map)

Join us for a very special iteration of The Writer's Studio. Acclaimed memoirist and hilarious/huge-hearted person Eva Hagberg Fisher will be joining us all the way from New York City to discuss her book HOW TO BE LOVED: A MEMOIR OF LIFESAVING FRIENDSHIP, which manages to take the microcosm of her struggles with chronic illness and addiction to the macrocosms of friendship, love and vulnerability. To give you a taste, this passage on friendship in the age of social media was particularly profound:

"I was starting to learn that Facebook wasn’t a performance of friendship; it was a central element. I couldn’t really go anywhere, but I could participate in my relationships by commenting, liking, responding to comments, picking up hashtags and running with them... My friends and I inched our intimacies forward through hashtags, photos, quotes. It wasn’t what I’d thought: that friendship existed in one place and was performed in another. It was that all of this – posts, memes, hashtags – became part of a dance of intimacy and connection. The performance wasn’t a representation so much as it was its own iteration. And so rather than lamenting the onslaught of technology or the falseness of the internet, I felt like the pictures we all posted and commented on, the hashtags we came up with, were doing incredibly deep work for all of us. They became threads of friendship and connection, unspooling forward (121).”

If you've never heard of the Writer's Studio before, here's the deal: we're a free reading series hosted by Dana Koster and Tri-Chromatic Gallery. As former writing lecturer at Cornell and professional poet, Dana missed the literary discourse and inspiring readings of University life. To recapture that spark, she started the Writer's Studio, a semi-regular series that focuses on one writer and begins with an in-depth interview about that writer's work and life, followed by an intimate reading and audience Q&A.

Doors open at 7:00 for wine and snacks and mingling. After that, Dana will interview Eva about her life and writing, Eva will read for 30 minutes from her book and then we'll conclude with an audience Q&A and book signing. The Writer's Studio is for non-writers, new writers and seasoned writers alike. Come be inspired by the art of writing, the insightful conversation and the incredible gallery space!

Eva Hagberg Fisher is the author of the memoirs HOW TO BE LOVED (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD and the architecture books NATURE FRAMED (The Monacelli Press) and DARK NOSTALGIA (Thames & Hudson). She holds degrees in architecture from UC Berkeley and Princeton as well as a PhD in Visual and Narrative Culture from UC Berkeley. She lives in New York City.

“This moving, beautifully written book reveals the lengths we go to put conditions on our love, the ways in which we resist the people who want to come close to us, and the truth that it is in our weakest moments that we are most likely to find the greatest sources of strength.”—Nylon, “50 Best Books to Read in 2019”

“How to be Loved is searing, compassionate, and unexpectedly funny in its exploration of how suffering can beat us down to the point that we are forced to accept grace, whether we like it or not.” –The Rumpus

“It is the revelation that love can be unconditional and profound that makes this memoir stand out from many similar ones. Fisher is not just another survivor of a grave illness; she has been transformed by letting another person love her without constraint. A well-written, emotionally uplifting tale of friendships, extreme illnesses, and understanding what love truly means.”
—Kirkus Reviews

This is the last event before our break for the summer, so don't miss it! We won't be back until September, when we'll be joined by poet Stephen Sanchez.

Earlier Event: May 3
DOMO First Friday
Later Event: May 16
The Teaching Artists of CLASS