LONDON STORYTELLER RAMSAY WOOD WEAVES MAGIC AT THE FOLKLORE LOUNGE
Wood will be reading from his two volumes of fables: Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal and Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Conflict and Intrigue.
Wood’s books are essentially retellings -- in his words “cultural remixes” -- of the ancient animal fables of the Sanskrit Panchatantra, also known as the The Fables of Bidpai.
Part of world literature for over 2,000 years, these stories have been passed down from culture to culture in many different formats, including Aesop’s Fables,The Arabian Nights, and the Uncle Remus Stories.
Wood’s versions of the Panchtantra tales have received high praise from literary scholars, authors, and readers, young and old alike. In her introduction to Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal, Doris Lessing, the late 2007 Nobel Laureate for Literature, writes that the volume “is contemporary, racy, vigourous, full of zest. It is also very funny. I defy anyone to sit down with it and not finish it at a sitting; [Wood’s] own enjoyment in doing the book has made it so enjoyable.”
And in her review of Kalila and Dimna, Fables of Conflict and Intrigue, novelist and essayist Lisa Alther avers that the book is “a must-read for anyone interested in the masterpieces of world literature – or just in a totally engrossing and entertaining reading experience. This book is an amazing gift to all of us who love good stories and great storytelling!”
After the reading, Wood will sell copies of Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal (unsigned $10 and signed $15); think how fun it will be to read these stories aloud to your family on Christmas Eve!
This reading is FREE and open to the public (21 and over); consider it the Arts Council and the Folklore Lounge’s Winter Solstice present to you!
For more information on Ramsay Wood, visit www.ramsaywood.com. For more information on the reading, contact Moira Magneson at EDAC@eldoradoartscouncil.org or 530.295.2496 or Bevin Winslow, proprietor of the Folklore Lounge: 530.621.4147.
Ramsay Wood at the Folklore Lounge
Saturday, December 21
4:00 – 5:30 pm
372 Main Street, Placerville