RAMSAY WOOD is presenting a reading at the Folklore Lounge in Placerville on Saturday. Courtesy photo


Ramsay Wood will tell stories

By From page B4 | December 20, 2013

During Third Saturday Art Walk, Dec. 21, the El Dorado Arts Council and the Folklore Lounge are excited to co-host a reading by Ramsay Wood, author, photojournalist and founding member of the College of Storytellers.

Wood will be reading from his two volumes of fables: “Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal”and “Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Conflict and Intrigue.”

Wood’s books are essentially retellings of the ancient animal fables of the Sanskrit Panchatantra, also known as “The Fables of Bidpai.”

Part of world literature for more than 2,000 years, these stories have been passed down from culture to culture in many different formats, including “Aesop’s Fables,” “The Arabian Nights” and the “Uncle Remus Stories.”

Wood’s versions of the Panchtantra tales have received high praise from literary scholars, authors and readers, young and old alike.

In her introduction to “Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal,” Doris Lessing, the late 2007 Nobel Laureate for Literature, writes that the volume “is contemporary, racy, vigorous, full of zest. It is also very funny. I defy anyone to sit down with it and not finish it at a sitting; (Wood’s) own enjoyment in doing the book has made it so enjoyable.”

In her review of “Kalila and Dimna, Fables of Conflict and Intrigue,” novelist and essayist Lisa Alther avers that the book is “a must-read for anyone interested in the masterpieces of world literature — or just in a totally engrossing and entertaining reading experience. This book is an amazing gift to all of us who love good stories and great storytelling.”

After the reading copies of “Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal” signed and unsigned will be for sale.

This reading is free and open to the public, 21 and over, at the Folklore Lounge, 372 Main St. in Placerville, from 4-5:30 p.m.

For more information on Wood visit

For more information on the reading contact Moira Magneson at [email protected] or 530-295-2496 or Bevin Winslow, proprietor of the Folklore Lounge, at 530-621-4147.

El Dorado Arts Council

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