The award-winning author Vendela Vida’s latest work, We Run the Tides, is a suspenseful and poignant story of female friendship, betrayal, and a mysterious disappearance set in the changing landscape of San Francisco. One day, while two teenage best friends are walking to school, they witness a horrible act—or do they? In Vida’s masterful portrait, the pre-tech boom San Francisco finds its mirror in the changing lives of the teenage girls at the center of this story of innocence lost, the pain of too much freedom, and the struggle to find one's authentic self. Vida, who lives in the Bay Area and is a founding board member of 826 Valencia, the San Francisco writing center for youth, is the author of six books, including Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty. Join us for a conversation with Vida and Autumn de Wilde, as they discuss this enigmatic coming-of-age story in all its beauty and confusion.
Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of six books, including Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty. Her new novel is We Run the Tides. She is a founding editor of The Believer and coeditor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence, a collection of interviews with musicians. She was a founding board member of 826 Valencia, the San Francisco writing center for youth, and lives in the Bay Area with her family.
Autumn de Wilde made her narrative feature film debut with the Academy Award-nominated Emma. (2020) after a decades-long career of creating iconic images for artists through her portraits, album covers, music videos, commercials, books, and films. Through intimate collaboration with each of her subjects, de Wilde has helped define the visual identity of an ever-expanding pool of notable talent, which includes Beck, Elliott Smith, The White Stripes, Rodarte, Jenny Lewis, Death Cab For Cutie, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Florence + The Machine, and so many more.