Podcast episode features novel excerpt set in depression-era northern California

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By Emily Masuda
Special to the Express

Stories on Stage Davis will release the second episode of its all-podcast eighth season on Saturday, Sept. 26, with an excerpt from the novel “Copy Boy,” by Shelley Blanton-Stroud, read by local actor, director, writer, and visual artist Kellie Raines. Set in Northern California during the Great Depression, “Copy Boy” unfolds with a poverty-stricken family as harsh and unforgiving as their circumstances. When a dispute erupts in violence, seventeen-year-old Jane is forced to abandon both her family and identity.

Shelley Blanton-Stroud teaches college writing in Northern California and consults with writers in the energy industry. She co-directs Stories on Stage Sacramento and serves on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based creative writing nonprofit for children. She has also served on the Writers’ Advisory Board for the Belize Writers’ Conference. She also writes and publishes flash fiction and non-fiction, available in the journals Brevity and Cleaver. “Copy Boy,” published in June of 2020, is her first novel.

Reading Blanton-Stroud’s story is Kellie Raines. A graduate in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Davis, Kellie is an Associate Artist with KOLT Run Creations, for which she directed “The Adoration of Dora,” and performed in “Escape from Happiness,” “Vinegar Tom,” “Antigone,” and “My Own Stranger.” Other local theatre companies where she has worked include Big Idea Theatre, Theater Galatea, and Resurrection Theatre. This is her sixth appearance at Stories on Stage Davis, and her first in the series’ podcast.

The Stories on Stage Davis podcast airs new episodes every second and fourth Saturday, and its eighth season will run from September 2020 to June 2021. Upcoming and past episodes, as well as ways to support the series can be found on the Stories on Stage Davis website. Stories on Stage Davis is a sponsored project of YoloArts, a non-profit arts organization.

For more information, and to listen to the podcast, visit storiesonstagedavis.com.

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