Keila Vall de la Ville & Kristen Millares Young
This evening’s virtual reading brings acclaimed Venezuelan editor, poet, and fiction writer Keila Vall de la Ville ‘to’ Seattle to read with Seattle writer and long time Elliott Bay friend Kristen Millares Young. For Keila Vall de la Ville, presently based in New York, occasioning this evening is the newly published translation of her brilliant award-winning novel, Los días animales as The Animal Days (Katakana Editores, translated by Robin Myers).
This book! “This is the story of a woman searching for her own limits, a woman who initially appears to find fulfillment in pain and misfortune—but who ultimately achieves, in the course of her uprooting, an inner peace that may be either solid or very fragile (novels don’t tell us everything). Traveling half the world over, Keila Vall narrates an itinerary that is an adventure, a travel chronicle, and a metaphor for discovery: a journey through the essential things that have been deep inside us all along, but which we must spend a long time seeking before we can find, recognize, and accept them.”— Antonio Muñoz Molina.
“I had never read a novel like The Animal Days. It’s like being naked at night in the forest, like loving your killer in the sacred wild, like eating your own thoughts for days and, then, climbing the bluff only to be abandoned. A woman (maybe you?) follows a trail to herself. to survive, she’ll make a path from bits of heart, flesh, death, memory... and think it’s love. But will it save her? Will it betray the beast she suspects lives inside her? Of course I loved this novel. Are you kidding me? How could I not?”— Anjanette Delgado.
Award-winning journalist-now-novelist Kristen Millares Young will get to do a reading unmediated by the pandemic one of these days; we are grateful for what she’s done online reading her own work or discussing the writing of others. Her 2020 novel, Subduction (Red Hen Press), received Silver Nautilus and IPPY awards, was shortlisted for a VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and was also finalist for two International Latino Book Awards and a Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award.
“At its heart, Subduction is all about stories — the stories that constitute personal, family and cultural identity and, perhaps more important here, the stories that people tell, about themselves and to themselves, to make life meaningful and livable…there are passages of quiet beauty, deep emotion and sharp observation.”— The Washington Post.