Midland Business Alliance
MYPros Luncheon - Lunch with Award-Winning Journalist & Author Rebecca Clarren
Name: MYPros Luncheon - Lunch with Award-Winning Journalist & Author Rebecca Clarren
Date: May 23, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Registration: Register Now
Join us as we welcome fellow young professional and award-winning journalist Rebecca Clarren to Midland! Rebecca will discuss her life as a journalist and her debut novel, Kickdown.
Award-winning journalist Rebecca Clarren has been writing about the rural West for nearly twenty years. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize, an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, and nine grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, has appeared in such publications as MotherJones, High Country News, The Nation, and Salon.com. Her first novel, Kickdown (Sky Horse Press, 2018), was shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize. She lives in Portland, Ore. with her husband and two young sons. You can find links to her articles, interviews and reviews of the novel on her website: www.rebecca-clarren.com.
KICKDOWN, is the debut novel from Becca Clarren, and tells the story of two sisters who are struggling to maintain their family's ranch in the contemporary American West. The Washington Post called it "an impressive debut...a moving evocation." Shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize and named a best debut book of 2018 by "35 over 35," KICKDOWN weaves together the threads of land, family, failure, and perseverance to create a gritty tale about rural America.
"KICKDOWN is an important, urgent novel. It’s about ecological destruction, but it’s also about resistance, compassion, and love. Rebecca Clarren vividly depicts the beauty and the toughness of the American West in this timely, extraordinary debut.”
— Carter Sickels, author of The Evening Hour, winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award and finalist for the Oregon Book Award.
“Becca Clarren's book is deep, true, achingly pure, as stripped of glamor and pretense as the beautiful desolation it describes. With an unflinching eye for the unsettling political and environmental issues of our time, Clarren captures perfectly the heartland of our country and the hearts of those whose old answers have suddenly failed them--they are all strangers to themselves, full of wonder and worry, wild impulses, inarticulate feelings. Kickdown is what life sounds like when we give up the search for who we thought we were supposed to be, and begin the search for our own true humanity.”
— Karen Fisher, author of A Sudden Country
“Exquisitely written, Rebecca Clarren’s novel reminds you of the power of fiction — the way it can engage with contemporary politics, and still remain, at its heart, an imaginative art form. The prose is beautiful; the ideas are unflinching; the narrative throughline will propel you forward unstoppably. Clarren’s great talent, though, is engagement with character. You care about these people and, through caring, you are transformed. A brilliant book.”
— Pauls Toutonghi, author of Evel Knievel Days and Dog, Gone
Because of aridity, because of 500,000 square miles of federal land, the West is eternal. What changes are its villains and good guys. Rebecca Clarren’s Kickdown is a worthy companion to our best Western novels. Its characters live and breathe, and the land and their work on the land remain at the center of this fine first novel. Most impressive are Clarren's descriptions of the unrelenting work that makes western ranches the most beautiful of man-made landscapes.
— Ed Marston, former publisher, High Country News