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Visionary Fiction in abundance at the Newport Public Library

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Newport Public Library’s Color Your World with Visionary Fiction Series

The Newport Public Library is hosting an author talk series with author Tod Davies, “Color Your World with Visionary Fiction.” She will be speaking about visionary fiction, as shown in her own The History of Arcadia series. This event will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, July 20, from 6-7 pm. For the Zoom information, please visit the library’s website at https://newportoregon.gov/dept/lib/srp2021_presents.asp. The first in this series was recorded and is available at the same link, but viewing the first event is not necessary to enjoy the second event in the series.

What is ‘visionary fiction’? The History of Arcadia books tell the story of a world literally formed by story, by one person discovering and claiming who she really is . . . and of the subsequent events that lead first to a deceptively happy world, then to an inevitably tragic outcome, and finally to a slow rebuilding of the world on foundations more deeply and thoughtfully laid. The first three novels in the series are Snotty Saves the Day, Lily the Silent, and The Lizard Princess. The fourth, told by arch villain Aspern Grayling, is Report to Megalopolis or The Post-modern Prometheus.

Visionary Fiction appears in many guises, from children’s fairy tales to YA novels to literary fiction. At this event we’re going to look at the second and third of The History of Arcadia series, the YA/Arthurian love story Lily the Silent and the literary fiction of The Lizard Princess. When Sophia the Lizard Princess plunges into the world of symbol made visible, discovering who she is and what her world needs, the reader, too, can experience these wonders with her. And, as in all visionary fiction, wonder if these transfer to our world as well.

For more information about this free Color Your World with Visionary Fiction series, please contact the Newport Public Library by email at Reference@newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153 or please visit  www.newportlibrary.org.

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