Greg Sarris with Jane Ciabattari - The Forgetters (Corte Madera Store)

Greg Sarris
In conversation with Jane Ciabattari

The Forgetters

Corte Madera Store
Sun., April 7, 2024 • 1:00pm PT

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Corte Madera Store. Please contact with questions regarding events.

A tender, astonishing, and richly beautiful story cycle about remembering our shared histories and repairing the world.

"Greg Sarris once again tells us a story filled with stories that lift the spirits in troubled times. A wonderful read that transports us to a realm of beauty, kindness, and love of life." --Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Perched atop Gravity Hill, two crow sisters--Question Woman and Answer Woman--recall stories from dawn to dusk. Question Woman cannot remember a single story except by asking to hear it again, and Answer Woman can tell all the stories but cannot think of them unless she is asked. Together they recount the journeys of the Forgetters, so that we may all remember. Unforgettable characters pass through these pages: a boy who opens the clouds in the sky, a young woman who befriends three enigmatic people who might also be animals, two village leaders who hold a storytelling contest. All are in search of a crucial lesson from the past, one that will help them repair the rifts in their own lives.

Told in the classic style of Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok creation stories, this book vaults from the sacred time before this time to the recent present and even the near future. Heralded as a "a fine storyteller" by Joy Harjo, Greg Sarris offers us these tales in a new genre of his own making. The Forgetters is an astonishment--comforting and startling, inspiring reveries and deepening our love of the world we share.


Greg Sarris is currently serving his sixteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and his first term as board chair for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. His publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive (1993), Grand Avenue (1994, reissued 2015), Watermelon Nights (1998, reissued 2021), How a Mountain Was Made (2017, published by Heyday), and Becoming Story (2022, published by Heyday). Greg lives and works in Sonoma County, California. Visit his website at


Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire, is a former National Book Critics Circle president (and current NBCC vice president/events), and a member of the Writers Grotto and She is a columnist for Lit Hub. Her reviews, interviews and cultural criticism have appeared in NPR, BBC Culture, The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Bookforum, Paris Review, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications.







Greg Sarris - photo courtesy of the author. Jane Ciabattari - photo credit Sylivie Rosokoff



Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
The Forgetters: Stories By Greg Sarris Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597146302
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Heyday Books - April 16th, 2024