Hearts of Darkness

As introduction for this month’s InsideStory Time, a quote from Austrian writer (and frequent Wim Wenders collaborator) Peter Handke was chosen: “The storyteller is the threshold. He must therefore stop and collect himself.” Handke, who wrote early of his mother’s suicide, knows quite a lot about internal worlds and precarious ports of entry, as do the authors chosen for “Thresholds.” One is Belo Miguel Cipriani. In 2007, at age 26, Cipriani was beaten by boyhood friends and left blind. His memoir, a chronicle of his first two years in darkness, draws us through a world of strange smells and unexpected sounds as Cipriani learns to work, walk, and trust again. Cipriani’s indefatigable charm makes him a favorite in the literary community, but it takes more than that to earn a Lambda Literary Fellowship and Literary Death Match championship. He is joined by Dodie Bellamy, whose blog about a disastrous love affair with a spiritual teacher led to the publication of The Buddhist. Also appearing are Ayize Jama-Everett, a professor at a Berkeley Unitarian Universalist seminary, whose sci-fi debut The Liminal People explores a gritty world of child psychics and superhumans; and Erika Lutz, whose novel The Edge of Maybe skewers many things Californians hold dear, including feminist fathers and organic food. Yoga instructor Tim Floreen offers an amusing counterpoint.
Thu., May 17, 6:30 p.m., 2012

 
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