Joy Williams discusses and signs "Ninety-Nine Stories of God"


Joy Williams at Diesel, A Bookstore in OaklandDIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Joy Williams to the store to discuss and sign her new collection of stories, Ninety-Nine Stories of God, on Tuesday, July 19th, at 7:00pm.

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Joy Williams has a one-of-a-kind gift for capturing both the absurdity and the darkness of everyday life. In Ninety-Nine Stories of God, she takes on one of mankind’s most confounding preoccupations: the Supreme Being.

This series of short, fictional vignettes explores our day-to-day interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. It’s the Book of Common Prayer as seen through a looking glass—a powerfully vivid collection of seemingly random life moments. The figures that haunt these stories range from Kafka (talking to a fish) to the Aztecs, Tolstoy to Abraham and Sarah, O. J. Simpson to a pack of wolves. Most of Williams’ characters, however, are like the rest of us: anonymous strivers and bumblers who brush up against God in the least expected places or go searching for Him when He’s standing right there. The Lord shows up at a hot-dog-eating contest, a demolition derby, a formal gala, and a drugstore, where he’s in line to get a shingles vaccination. At turns comic and yearning, lyric and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God serves as a pure distillation of one of our great artists.

Joy Williams is the author of four novels. Her first, State of Grace, was nominated for a National Book Award for Fiction. Her most recent novel, The Quick and the Dead, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She lives in Key West, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona. 

Photo Credit- Anne Dalton

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
5433 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618-1502
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ISBN: 9781941040355
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Published: Tin House Books - July 12th, 2016