Stage and Studio on 09/20/11

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/20/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel "The Language of Flowers"

Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. on KBOO 90.7FM, Dmae Roberts talks with author Vanessa Diffenbaugh about her debut novel The Language of Flowers. This debut novel has been a hit in Europe and has recently launched in America. The book tells parallel stories of a young woman raised in the foster care system who finds redemption and a future through the Victorian language of flower arrangements. This is a powerful story just hit #13 on the NY Times Bestseller list.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh reads from her novel at Powells on Burnside on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m..

Vanessa Diffenbaugh created a flower dictionary based on the long tradition of Victorian language of flowers which assigns emotions and meanings to specific flowers. And in her debut novel, The Language of Flowers, the meaning of a flower isn't exactly what you think it might be. For instance, a yellow rose could denote jealousy as opposed to adoration. Diffenbaugh takes this flower language to weave a coming-of-age tale of a young woman named Victoria who grew up in and out of foster homes until she was 18 and ended up on the streets of San Francisco homeless. Somehow through her broken childhood she develops a love and talent for tending flowers. By accident she lands a job in a flower shop and we learn how she came to have this love of flowers through flashbacks on a critical time in her life when she did have the love of a mother. The Language of Flowers has been critically praised and has had a successful European tour. Tune in to Dmae's interview with this intriguing new novelist.

"The overriding emotional message of The Language of Flowers has to do with family." NY Times Review.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford, she went on to teach art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband, PK, have three children: Tre’von, eighteen; Chela, four; and Miles, three. Tre’von, a former foster child, is attending New York University on a Gates Millennium Scholarship. Diffenbaugh and her family currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband is studying urban school reform at Harvard.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is also the founder of the Camellia Network. The mission of the Camellia Network is to create a nationwide movement to support youth transitioning from foster care. In The Language of Flowers, Camellia [kuh-meel-yuh] means “My Destiny is in Your Hands.” The network’s name emphasizes the belief in the interconnectedness of humanity: each gift a young person receives will be accompanied by a camellia, a reminder that the destiny of our nation lies in the hands of our youngest citizens. For more information visit www.camellianetwork.org

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