The Clayman Institute Artist's Salon Featuring Valerie Miner
The Artists’ Salon presents writer and artist-in-residence Valerie Miner. Celebrating the publication of her 15th book, Valerie will talk about telling stories as well as read from her new book of short fiction.
Bread and Salt, Miner’s fifth collection of short stories, uses the metaphor of “salvage” to consider the reclamation of the natural environment, human relationships, material objects. The stories are about forgiveness, reunion, rescue, repair, return and restoration as Miner reveals how family and friendship are enriched by differences in nationality, race, class, and gender.
Miner addresses real world themes of immigration, suicide, gun violence, state terrorism. As they live in/travel in Tunisia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Turkey, France and the United States, characters consider individual agency in very local as well as global contexts.