Sonoma-based authors Conrad and Elizabeth Bishop will join Napa-born writer Stephen Evans Jordan for a joint reading!
Galahad's Fool by Conrad and Elizabeth Bishop
An off-beat lyrical mutt of a novel that seesaws between the mundane reality of backstage rehearsal and the dark fantasy of what’s being created. A year after the death of his lifelong wife and co-creator Lainie, an acerbic veteran puppeteer struggles to build a solo show. What Albert Fisher intends as a lightweight spoof turns sharply personal, and he labors to birth a raw myth of love and loss. His aging Galahad, bereft of youthful vision, launches a new quest for the Holy Grail, while his frantic wife disguises herself as their frail androgynous Fool to journey with him. Albert wrestles with the hero he’s creating, yet comes to see his kinship with Galahad and to face the risk of rebirth.
Elizabeth and Conrad met as undergraduates in 1960 and have spent their lives as co-creators—professionally since 1971. They write jointly and both perform; he’s the director, designer and puppet sculptor; she’s the composer, techie, accountant and cook. They’ve performed on tour in 35 states plus Canada and Jerusalem and have created more than 60 plays for their own ensemble as well as about three dozen other theatres, plus public radio series, puppetry, and videos. Most of their creative lives have been devoted to exploring how people working collaboratively can make fine things.
Stephen Jordan’s fiction is inspired from living overseas combined with a passion for history. He grew up in the Napa Valley in the 1950s in a family of readers—conversations often centered on books. Of his parents’ gifts, love of literature is his most cherished. Stephen discovered art history at Stanford and considered a career in the arts. He opted instead for international banking—with assignments in Southeast Asia and Africa. His short stories have been published in Ireland and in online journals.
Alexander adored his mother, Tatiana, an exotic and magical woman. Tatiana's imagination kept her past at bay until insanity--the Russian wolves-- took her and unleashed Alexander's mental breakdown. Although Alexander inherited many of Tatiana's gifts, he wonders if Tatiana's bequest includes insanity. Alexander sees himself as fragile; confronting Tatiana's past is a daunting task.