The Book Project Presents: Everything is Story—Narrative Techniques from my Mother, the Curandera with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

$30.00 Members
$40.00 Non-members

Join the Book Project for a keynote with Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of the memoir, The Man Who Could Move Clouds, as well as the novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree. The talk will be followed by a short Q&A, and Rojas Contreras' books will be available for purchase. This is for the in-person event; for the virtual event, please visit this page.


5:00 PM: Happy hour with current Book Project members

6:00 PM: Catered dinner

7:00 PM: Rojas Contreras' talk, followed by a Q&A  

Keynote“Everything is Story: Narrative Techniques from my Mother, the Curandera” Ingrid Rojas Contreras, MFA
Ingrid Rojas Contreras surveys a life of being surrounded by forms of story that go beyond the page. Growing up in a family of oral storytellers, where the family business lay in being the repository for the community’s ailments, Rojas Contreras was surrounded by what we can think of as a different type of literature. Day in and day out, people who came seeking her mother’s help came telling stories of why they needed help, of how their lives had come to a crux. And her mother would tell them stories in turn, and gave them ways to heal that felt to Rojas Contreras like elements and functions of story—the way a metaphor can get to the bottom of a deeper truth more directly than a stated truth can. The techniques of orality she grew accustomed to hearing in her mother’s voice were techniques she later learned to embrace and apply in her Pulitzer-Prize finalist work, The Man Who Could Move Clouds. An invitation to look at the alternative literature in our lives, this talk asks us to find the unique traditions in all our family backgrounds and embrace those in order to arrive at true literary innovation. 

Instructor: Ingrid Rojas Contreras Learn More


Apr 19, 2024 5:00pm - 8:30pm