Kristin Kaye, Tree Dreams, in Conversation with Stevan Allred
Kristin Kaye returns to Portland for the launch of her debut novel Tree Dreams, an eco-literary, coming-of-age novel. Seventeen-year-old Jade Reynolds witnesses a violent clash between a protesting tree sitter and a local logger and runs as far as she can from the battles that plague her home. She soon becomes entangled with a lovable misfit and a band of radical slackers, environmentalists, and anarchists, and finds herself living 100 feet high in the canopy of a redwood grove, trying to decide whose side she's on: the logging community she's known her entire life or the environmentalists who are risking their lives for the future of the forest.
Kirkus Reviews says “In brilliantly onomatopoeic prose, Kaye shows how Jade comes to several epiphanies about her tree dreams while also coming to know the people that her family considers enemies. Throughout, the author relates the protagonist’s tale of redemption in delightfully sparse language, like a long poem in which small details matter, every word counts, and images are so cogent that they anchor readers in the fictive reality like tree roots... A superbly written tale filled with realistic, engaging, and quirky characters.”
Although Kaye now lives in the Bay Area, she lived in Portland for eleven years, earning her Master's in Writing from Portland State University and participating in the Portland literary community, including Dangerous Writers and the Pinewood Table. Half of Tree Dreams is set in the Alberta neighborhood, where the author lived while working on the novel, and she conducted much of her research in the forests of Oregon. She was invited to join a tree sit in Humboldt County in northern California, the only one in the country at the time. She spent a week there, like Jade sleeping on a platform 100-feet high.
Kaye will be joined in conversation by Portland author Stevan Allred, author of A Simplified Map of the Real World as well as the forthcoming book (November 2018) The Alehouse at the End of the World (Forest Avenue Press).