Greg Sarris at the Mechanics’ Institute

Wednesday Feb 28 2018   6:30 PM
Mechanics' Institute  57 Post St, San Francisco, CA  map

Greg Sarris presents How a Mountain Was Made. Author of the award-winning novel Grand Avenue, Sarris turns his attention to his ancestral homeland of Sonoma Mountain in Northern California. In sixteen interconnected original stories, the twin crows Question Woman and Answer Woman take us through a world unlike yet oddly reminiscent of our own: one which blooms bright with poppies, lupines, and clover; one in which Water Bug kidnaps an entire creek; in which Rain is a beautiful woman who keeps people’s memories in stones. Sarris infuses his stories with a prose stylist’s creativity and inventiveness, moving American Indian literature in a new and emergent direction.

General admission $15; FREE for friends of Heyday and the Mechanics’ Institute. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Mechanics’ Institute’s website.


Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris is currently serving his thirteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, and his publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts (1993), Grand Avenue (1994), and Watermelon Nights (1999). Greg lives and works in Sonoma County. Visit his website at