The Foundry is our literary reading series, now in its sophomore year. With the Foundry, we aim to bring both emerging and established voices in literature to our stage, from San Diego as well as showcasing touring authors.
Our first Foundry of 2017, The Foundry No. 3, is Saturday, January 14th at 8 PM at the beautiful new Public Square Coffee House in La Mesa. Grab coffee, a little snack, maybe a glass of wine, and relax with some fiery hot stories.
To get you all excited, as we approach the show, we’ll feature each of the writers. Up first? Leah Thomas. Leah is a VAMP contributor here in San Diego, and she charmed us on the stage at The Whistle Stop with her storytelling.
Leah’s debut novel, Because You’ll Never Meet Me (Bloomsbury, 2015), unravels the story of an unlikely friendship between two whip-smart kids with isolating circumstances. It’s a young adult novel, and we’re excited because Leah will be the first YA reader in The Foundry. The novel won a series of accolades and nominations, including being a Carnegie Award Nominee and a William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist.
From Because You’ll Never Meet Me:
Dear Fellow Hermit,
My name is Oliver, but most people who meet me end up calling me Ollie. I guess you don’t really have to, though, because odds are you’ll never meet me.
I can never travel to wherever you are, because a big part of what makes me a hermit is the fact that I’m deathly allergic to electricity. This is kind of massively incapacitating, but hey–everyone has problems, right?
Firstly, my father has confirmed that your penmanship is atrocious. At least you can spell.
Secondly, you are correct. We will not be meeting. This has little to do with your deafening personality. I am electric. Exposure to me would floor you.
Ollie and Moritz’s friendship unfolds over letters exchanged, and we watch the boys also exchange hope, accusations, guilt, fear, dreams, sadness, and trust. It’s a funny, compelling read with a heart-wrenching edge to it: disability and isolation, bullying and the other, all flow steadily above the surface.
Leah’s follow-up to Because You’ll Never Meet Me, Nowhere Near You hits the shelves in February.
We can’t wait for you to hear Leah read at the Foundry Reading Series on Saturday, January 14th. Join us at Public Square Coffee House in the La Mesa Village at 8:00 PM. Details, RSVP, and invite your people: https://www.facebook.com/events/190542514741682/
If you like what we do at So Say We All, a literary arts non-profit and small press, please consider becoming a sustaining member here, or donating to our winter fundraiser here. Thank you, so much. Let’s hear the stories we need to hear in 2017.