Writers in the studio: Ron Hansen and Bo Caldwell read Tuesday

Writers in the studio: Ron Hansen and Bo Caldwell read Tuesday
by Clay Hamilton |
Ron Hansen reads from his forthcoming fiction collection, She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories, and Bo Caldwell reads from her latest novel, City of Tranquil Light. It happens Oct. 23, 2012, at 4 p.m. in the Fess Parker Studio Theatre.

The new collection of stories by Ron Hansen M.A. ’95, the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor in SCU's College of Arts and Sciences, has been called “beautifully crafted” (The New York Times), “unforgettable” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “diverse and expansive” (The Washington Post). That's no surprise to readers familiar with his many novels, including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Atticus, and Mariette in Ecstasy.

Hansen's latest collection of short fiction takes readers from frontier Nebraska—with epic blizzards and a visit by Oscar Wilde—to contemporary tales of murder,  romance, and dementia. He's the director for creative writing at Santa Clara and the literary editor of this magazine. He is also a graduate of the pastoral ministries program at Santa Clara and a deacon in the Catholic Church, and he was recently featured in the PBS series Religion and Ethics Newsweekly in an episode that explores writing as sacrament. You can also read the story behind his most recent novel, A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, in the Summer 2011 issue of SCM.

Hansen is married to writer Bo Caldwell, who will be reading from her most recent novel.

Bo Caldwell is the author of two epic works of fiction inspired by her missionary grandparents. Her first novel, The Distant Land of My Father, became a national bestseller and was chosen for Silicon Valley Reads in 2008. Her latest, City of Tranquil Light, has been praised for "plainspoken and tender writing" (San Francisco Chronicle) and as demonstrating "great historical perspective" (San Jose Mercury News). But that's just to touch the surface, which this novel goes well beyond; writer Patricia Hampl calls it a "beautiful, searing book that leaves an indelible presence in the mind." The novel follows a newly-wed missionary couple as they work to improve people's lives in China as the 2,000-year-old Chinese political system collapses around them. Read an excerpt from City of Tranquil Light here.

Hansen and Caldwell will read selections from their latest offerings on Oct. 23, 2012, at 4 p.m. in the Fess Parker Studio in Mayer Theatre on the Santa Clara University campus. See the university calendar for more information, including directions.

Spring 2014

Table of contents


Radiant house

Building a house for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. That, and changing the world.

Américas cuisine

Telling a delicious tale of food and family with chef David Cordúa ’04.

Lessons from the field

Taut and tranquil moments in Afghanistan—an essay in words and images.

Mission Matters

Carried with compassion

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to Santa Clara.

Farther afield

Building safer houses in Ecuador. Research on capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Helping empower girls in The Gambia. And this is just the beginning for the Johnson Scholars Program.

What connects us

The annual State of the University address, including some fabulous news for the arts and humanities. And the announcement of Santa Clara 2020, a new vision for the University.