Ridge Writers program on ‘nonfiction as inspiration’

Author and journalist Stephen H. Provost will give the Ridge Writers program, “Making Connections: Using Nonfiction as an Inspiration for Fiction,” on Thursday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

His novel “Memorality” came out last February. In March Provost appeared at the fantasy and science fiction ConDorCon convention in San Diego. His Ridge Writers presentation will address how his research on various topics, including mythology, informed the creation of "Memortality." In “Memorality,” when Minerva Rus’ dead childhood friend returns to life, she discovers she has the power to raise the dead. This genre-altering contemporary paranormal thriller poses one of the most frightening questions of all: what if the dead don’t stay dead? The plot involves unlikely allies, a truly evil villain, and profound questions about the consequences of our actions.

Also an editor and columnist with more than 30 years of experience, Provost has covered subjects as diverse as history, religion, politics and language, as well as in his popular culture exploration, “Fresno Growing Up: A City Comes of Age 1945–1985,” and his next nonfiction work, an examination of the history of U.S. Highway 99 in California, due for release next month.

Provost frequently blogs on writing and current events at his website, stephenhprovost.com. A Q&A and book signings will follow his talk. The public is invited and admission is free. Ridge Writers is the East Sierra Branch of the 108-year-old California Writers Club. For more information, visit cwc-ridgewriters.com, facebook.com/RidgeWriters, and calwriters.org.

Story First Published: 2017-05-19