The fine Respite By The River series is back this month for another six-month run, delivering stories of California’s central San Joaquin Valley from some of the area’s finest writers, historians, and performers.
The first installment of the new season is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, with author and Los Angeles Times journalist Mark Arax. The Fresno native is a frequent speaker at Valley literary events, like the regular Town Hall lectures in downtown Fresno. Arax is perhaps best known for his memoir In My Father’s Name, a true crime book that intertwines social commentary on the Valley and his own fierce need to dig more deeply into the murder of his father, Ara.
The event will take place at the San Joaquin River Center, 11605 Old Friant Road. Bring your own picnic dinner at 6 p.m. and enjoy the pre-reading entertainment; the reading begins at 7 p.m., with a book-signing and tour of the River Center to follow.
Other readers in this year’s series are:
June 29, historian Bill Coate
July 27, author Dympna Ugwu-Oju
Aug. 24, author Gerald Haslam
Sept. 28, performer Frank Helling on the work of John Muir
Oct. 26, author Steve Yarbrough