Anara Guard

New Book!  Anara's new collection of a dozen short stories Remedies for Hunger has been published by New Wind Publishing. Contents include "The Deep End," "What Remains," "My Fourth Grade Diary," "White Lies," and "Ambidextrous." Available through any bookstore, including Barnes and Noble. Read more or order direct from the publisher here: 

Remedies received a four star review from the Chicago Book Review:

 Full of vivid and precise details, these quiet tales will introduce you to characters whose inner lives are both troubled and eloquent: The child who lives with a dead little girl in her house. A woman who isn’t sure how to respond to her new neighbor’s request. The mother who commits an act of recklessness while sunbathing at the town swimming pool.

“These short stories are snapshots of urban life, intertwined with scenes from the country or the odd suburb...stories about children, con men, hippies, sweet fathers, and negligent mothers.  Anara Guard picks out the secret jewels of the hardscrabble life where the domestic scene reveals the larger landscape.  Her subject is the mystery of childhood, the certainty of death and the shining light somewhere in between with all its startling beauty.”

Jan. 31, 2015. Reading and signing, Avid Reader Davis, Davis CA. See the Events page for details.

Feb. 26, 2015. Reading and signing, Face in a Book, El Dorado Hills, CA. See the Events page for details.

I enjoy giving readings and meeting with book clubs—on Skype, on the telephone, or in person. Please contact me about availability.

Sept. 26, 2014. Book Release Reading. Stories on Stage, Sacramento Poetry Center. Please join us to hear actors read Anara's story "Zhee Zhou" and a chapter from Michael Spurgeon's novel, "Let the Water Hold You Down."  This story and eleven others are contained in Anara's new collection of short stories, "Remedies for Hunger." 

Sept. 28, 2014. Book Release Reading. Avid Reader at the Tower. Anara read selections from the new collection of short stories, "Remedies for Hunger."

July 2013: A selection of my memoir, "Green and Black" was chosen for a TrueStory reading in Sacramento.

December 2012: The short story, "Zhee Zhou," is a finalist in the Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction contest, offered by Cutthroat magazine, a Journal of the Arts. Charles Baxter judged.

October 2012: Three readings to promote the new book Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets. The book features 117 local poets and contains one of my love poems. Proceeds benefit the Sacramento Poetry Center. See the Events page for details.

Fall 2012: A poem published in the winter issue of Convergence: an online journal of poetry and art.

August 2012: A short story "The Way Out" published in the Fall issue of Convergence.

March 2012: Skylight Retreat--a mountain rental retreat for writers and artists--opens in the Sierra Nevada. Visit for details. Reservations can be made through

August 2011: My new series of picture books for children ages 5-8 was released by Capstone Publications (Picture Window Books). What if There's a Fire?  What if a Stranger Approaches You?  What if You Get Lost?  and What if You Need to Call 911?  can be ordered through bookstores or via this link.

May 2010: My first book: "The Sound of One Body", a collection of four short stories.   

"These strong, haunting stories are like small wounds, nothing fatal, but nevertheless permanent; not scars but bruises won in battle, each one a glancing blow that leaves a distinct mark, and a memory of the pain we can inflict or endure when we're not even looking." - Robert Goolrick, author of A Reliable Wife

The four stories in this compact, haunting collection mark the debut of a unique voice in fiction. A step made at the wrong time; a morning drive with an ever-more circuitous route; a barside conversation that reveals a little too much; Anara Guard's fiction is a window into the kaleidoscope of incremental actions that carry the greatest consequences. Powerful, arresting, and insightful, "The Sound of One Body" is a universe distilled, a vision of compassion amidst darkness that is not to be missed.

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