North Idaho College is sponsoring
a panel of fiction authors discussing “Strangers in a Strange Land” from noon to
1:30 p.m. Friday, April 11 in NIC’s Meyer Health and Sciences Building Room 102.
Fiction allows us to see
the world from another person's perspective, through their experiences in
strange landscapes, new cultures, or bizarre situations — to follow them down
the rabbit-hole, as it were. In David
Abrams' novel “Fobbit,” Staff Sergeant Chance Gooding Jr. finds himself in
a combat zone for the first time, headquartered in a marble palace in Baghdad
and sifting through reports of bombings, sniper kills, and dismemberments in
order to draft patriotic press releases about the war. Adrianne Harun's novel “A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain”
centers on a group of young people in an isolated logging town, who must reckon
with enigmatic strangers appearing just as native girls are vanishing from
their midst. In “The Empty House” by Nathan
Oates, characters often travel to far-off places in an effort to escape
themselves, seeking comfort in the foreign but finding themselves strangers in
their own lives. These authors will discuss ways of exploring “strangeness” in
fiction, and how they each use it as a tool for evoking larger truths.
Moderated by fiction writer
and NIC faculty member Jonathan Frey, the panel discussion is free and open to
the public. The panel is being held in conjunction with Eastern Washington
University’s 2014 Get Lit! Festival.