Patricia Dove Miller to give reading June 16 in Grass Valley |

Patricia Dove Miller to give reading June 16 in Grass Valley

Long-time Nevada County writer and teacher Patricia Dove Miller will read from her debut memoir, Bamboo Secrets: One Woman’s Quest Through the Shadows of Japan, from 5 – 7 p.m. June 16 at the Grass Valley Visitors Center, 128 E. Main St.

Miller’s reading will be hosted by Nevada County Arts and the Literary Arts Committee.

Bamboo Secrets explores Patricia Dove Miller’s life-changing experience while living in Japan with her husband in 1993.

The story weaves together four strands: a mature woman in search of herself, a marriage in trouble, the dark side of Japan and the beauty of Japanese art and culture.

“Bamboo Secrets is a lovely series of nested boxes,” said local writer, poet and performer Sands Hall. “You open the first lacquered square to find the story of a vastly unfortunate choice; you open that to journey with an expat through Japan; the next ones offer an abiding affection for that culture, with meditations on temples, pottery, futons, family, and the joys of flower arranging. Shimmering around the whole is how a marriage builds and lasts through adversity, and through it slides the haunting notes of the shakuhachi flute.”

Miller will read excerpts from her novel and play the Japanese flute.

Wine and appetizers will be served; books will be available to purchase and sign.

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