Main - Author Talk with Dietrich Kalteis, "Call Down the Thunder"
- Date: 10/17/2019 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- Location: South San Francisco Main Library
840 W Orange Ave
South San Francisco, California 94080
The library is pleased to welcome back Vancouver author Dietrich Kalteis. With Kalteis’s new novel Call Down the Thunder, desperate times call for desperate measures in this lightning fast crime caper story. Sonny and Clara Myers struggle on their Kansas farm in the late 1930s, a time the Lord gave up on. The land’s gone dry, barren and worthless. And the bankers, greedy and hungry, make life even more impossible, squeezing farmers out of their homes. The couple can wither along with the land, or surrender to the bankers and hightail it to California like most of the other farmers. But Sonny comes up with a way for them to stay on their land and prosper while giving the banks a taste of their own misery.
“Immensely readable, tough but beguiling, Call Down the Thunder is a highly original novel: a pacy caper set in ugly times as the dust bowl, the depression, and the Klan gang up on a ragbag of dirt farmers, circus folk, and one indomitable woman, all hoping to scrape by till the rains come. Laugh-out-loud funny, lump-in-the-throat moving, and packed with surprises. I loved it.” ― Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning and national best-selling author of Strangers at the Gate
Dietrich Kalteis is the award-winning author of Ride the Lightning (bronze medal, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for best regional fiction), The Deadbeat Club, Triggerfish, House of Blazes (silver medal, 2017 IPPY, for best historical fiction), Zero Avenue, and Poughkeepsie Shuffle. He lives with his family on Canada’s west coast.