Novelist and poet Chris Abani will be among three authors to visit Antelope Valley College April 27 for “What Good Is Art?” an afternoon through evening series featuring a panel discussion, workshop and reading. A panel discussion with Abani as the keynote presenter will begin at 3 p.m. in the college Board Room, SSV 151, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster, followed by tutorials and workshops at 4 p.m. and a reading at 7 p.m. in the Board Room. All events are free. Abani is a Nigerian exile who has been imprisoned, tortured and sentenced to death for his belief in the transformative power of language. His most recent novel, “The Virgin of Flames,” is drawing international attention, according to the host, AVC English professor Charles Hood. Joining Abani will be Amy Stolls, whose debut novel, “Palms to the Ground,” was recently published by Farrar Straus Giroux, and Kate Gale, founding editor of Red Hen Press and the author of five books of poetry. “What Good Is Art?” is co-sponsored by the college’s Language Arts Division and the National Endowment of the Arts. Abani is the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for his novel “Graceland.” He also won the IMPAC Dublin Award. He heads the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Riverside. Gale will talk about the responsibilities and privileges of being a book producer for the largest literary publisher in Los Angeles. Aside from authoring poetry books, Gale has written a novel, a children’s book, and edited four anthologies. Stolls works for the National Endowment of the Arts. Call (661) 722-6472 for more details. Steven Standerfer handles public relations for Antelope Valley College. He posted this story April 10 on the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CHETWYND, B.C. – On Sunday, May 26, at approximately 6:50 p.m. Chetwynd RCMP responded to the scene of a fatal collision on Highway 97 near Azozettea Lake in the Pine Pass.According to RCMP, at this time, it is believed a southbound vehicle crossed the centre line, side-swiped a northbound semi-truck then collided head-on with a vehicle that had been following the semi. The driver of the vehicle following the semi truck, a man in his late 20’s from central B.C., died at the scene.Impairment is being considered as a possible contributing factor to this collision.- Advertisement -Peace Region Traffic Services, the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, and the B.C. Coroners’ Service are continuing to investigate this collision.If you have information regarding the crash, you are being asked to call the Fort St. John Peace Region Traffic Services at 250-787-8100 and quote file 2019-4750.