FOOD FOR THE GODS AUTHOR KAREN DUDLEY AT THE WAG
Wednesday, November 18, Karen Dudley, author of Food for the Gods and Kraken Bake will deliver a rollicking lecture to accompany the Winnipeg Art Gallery's (WAG) exhibit, Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin.
Gods and Goddesses Behaving Badly
Placed on the highest of pedestals, the Greek gods and goddesses are the epitome of high culture in Western society, but what were they like when they were at home? Join author Karen Dudley as she takes you on a wild ride through the ups and downs of life with the unpredictable, temperamental, and sometimes just plain annoying gods, as seen through the eyes of celebrity chef Pelops, star of her quirky fantasy novels Food for the Gods and Kraken Bake.
DATE: Wednesday, November 18
TIME: 12 P.M.
LOCATION: Winnipeg Art Gallery
ADDRESS: 300 Memorial Boulevard
FOOD FOR THE GODS
Once a prince of Lydia, Pelops was chopped into stewing meat and served to the gods for tea by his not-so-loving father. Remade by the gods and blessed at the same time with a gift for the culinary arts, Pelops flees his painful memories for the bright lamps of Athens where he hopes to make a new life for himself as a celebrity chef. But then a ruthless patron takes an unhealthy interest in his career, a famous courtesan is murdered at a dinner he prepares, and a couple of the less responsible gods offer to help him make a name for himself in Athens. And Pelops begins to realize that when the gods decide they owe you a favor, you’d better start saying your prayers.
It’s a great day for Greece when Perseus defeats the dreaded kraken. But victory begins to lose its lustre when the remains of the beast swamp the shores and fishing nets of the Aegean. Now after weeks of kraken cakes, kraken kabobs, kraken fritters, and kraken stew, everybody is getting decidedly sick of kraken—none more so than Chef Pelops.
In response to the “kraken crisis,” the city of Athens announces the inaugural Bronze Chef competition. Normally, Pelops would jump at the chance to prove himself the best celebrity chef in Greece. The trouble is, the competition’s secret ingredient is sure to be kraken—and, having once offended Poseidon, Pelops can’t cook kraken to save his life.
To make matters worse, a loathsome rival has vowed to win the contest by fair means or foul. Now, Pelops must overcome the sea god’s curse to show once and for all that he is the better chef—a task made all the more difficult by the insufferable antics of a most unexpected relative…
Kraken Bake, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Food for the Gods (a finalist for the Boney Blithe Award, The High Plains Awards, and the Aurora Awards) mirthfully re-imagines the world of ancient Greece like you’ve never seen before.
Karen Dudley has worked in field biology, production art, photo research, palaeo-environmental studies and archaeology. She has written four environmental mysteries and a several wildlife biology books for kids. Her Epikurean Epics, including the Aurora-nominated Food for the Gods, are historical fantasy novels set in ancient Athens. Born in France, she now lives in Winnipeg.