Literary Events

Summer Brenner

When: Thu., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. 2013

A murder takes place in an isolated village in the desert of New Mexico: Unofficial village chief Hector Trujillo hears a shot, takes off running toward the Ryan house, and arrives just in time to see a strange car roar by into the moonlight. But when he finds Kate Ryan’s lover dying in the yard, Kate’s car in the parking lot, but no sign of Kate or teenage daughter Ruby, everyone in the small community of farmers rallies to find the family, and figure out what went down that fateful night. San Francisco author Summer Brenner’s Nearly Nowhere is a gripping tale written in beautifully stark prose — a thrilling, psychological ride. On Thursday, Jan. 31, at Mrs. Dalloway’s (2904 College Ave., Berkeley). 7:30 p.m., free. 510-704-8222 or

Alison Peters

Price: free

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