Wednesday, 7:30 pm EDT February 10, 2021
Online via Zoom
Award-winning actor Marin Ireland will perform a dramatic reading of the first chapter from Vendela Vida’s novel We Run the Tides, out February 9, 2021. Ireland also narrated the audiobook. After the performance, Vida and Heidi Julavits, both founding editors of the arts and culture magazine The Believer, will discuss the work.
Set in a quiet oceanside neighborhood of San Francisco, We Run the Tides follows the story of two teenage girls who experience the changes of adolescence alongside the city’s tech-boom transformation. When a potential kidnapping shakes the idyllic neighborhood, the story becomes a compelling mystery as well as a tribute to youth.
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Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of six books, including Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, The Lovers, and The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty. She is a founding editor of The Believer and coeditor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence, a collection of interviews with musicians. She was a founding board member of 826 Valencia, the San Francisco writing center for youth, and lives in the Bay Area with her family.
Heidi Julavits writes fiction and nonfiction. She’s the author, most recently, of The Folded Clock, as well as a memoir to be published this year or next. She and Vendela Vida, along with Ed Park, co-founded the The Believer in 2003.
Marin Ireland’s theatre credits include Blue Ridge, Reasons to be Pretty (Theatre World Award, Tony nomination), The Big Knife, and After Miss Julie, both also on Broadway, Ironbound, Kill Floor, Blasted, Marie Antoinette, and Cyclone (Obie Award), among others.
Television and film work includes Glass Chin (Independent Spirit Award nomination), Light From Light, The Irishman, Sneaky Pete, Girls, Homeland, Masters of Sex, The Divide, The Slap, Sparrows Dance, The Family Fang, 28 Hotel Rooms, In the Radiant City, Hell or High Water, and Flint, in which she portrays activist Melissa Mays.
We Run the Tides
By Vendela Vida
Published by Ecco
Teenage Eulabee and her alluring best friend, Maria Fabiola, own the streets of Sea Cliff, their foggy, oceanside San Francisco neighborhood. They know the ins and outs of the homes and beaches, Sea Cliff’s hidden corners and eccentric characters—as well as the swanky all-girls’ school they attend. Their lives move along uneventfully, with afternoon walks by the ocean and weekend sleepovers. Then everything changes. Eulabee and Maria Fabiola have a disagreement about what they did or didn’t witness on the way to school one morning, and this creates a schism in their friendship. The rupture is followed by Maria Fabiola’s sudden disappearance—a potential kidnapping that shakes the quiet community and threatens to expose unspoken truths.
Suspenseful and poignant, We Run the Tides is Vendela Vida’s masterpiece depiction of an inimitable place on the brink of radical transformation. Pre–tech boom San Francisco finds its mirror in the changing lives of the teenage girls at the center of this story of innocence lost, the pain of too much freedom, and the struggle to find one’s authentic self. Told with a gimlet eye and great warmth, We Run the Tides is both a gripping mystery and a tribute to the wonders of youth, in all its beauty and confusion.
About this series
Our Story/Teller series features actors reading from new works of fiction to give audiences a taste of the language, characters, and story, followed by moderated conversations with the authors.
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