Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Writers Read is a literary community. We bring diverse authors to our town and provide a venue for them to share and discuss with the audience their writing and their writing lives. We also encourage members of the public to express themselves creatively through open mic opportunities and writing workshops.

2018 Schedule

•  Our readings are the second Tuesday of each month (except July and December, when we take a break to catch up on our reading!), from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the Fallbrook Library Community Room, 124 S. Mission.
  We feature guest authors, discussions and book signings, preceded by open mic for original poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.
•  We also offer writing workshops and read-and-critique groups.
•  For more information, contact our coordinator, K-B Gressitt, at 760-522-1064 or kbgressitt@gmail.com.

Click here for past Writers Read events.

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January 9, 2018

Not My President: The Anthology of Dissent

Contributors to the collection will read and discuss their works


Not My PresidentPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, January 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Selected from thousands of pages of submissions from around the world, Not My President is a snapshot of this important moment in history, a 300-page collection of voices from high school students to famous authors, poets, artists, songwriters, essayists and storytellers.

Immigrants submitted work under pen names for fear of being deported.

Contributors commented on every aspect of the Presidential Election and our current political climate, from healthcare to immigration, xenophobia, racism, violence, DT himself, and the pervasive sense of dread that keeps people glued to the 24/7 news networks, wondering what’s next, shocked by how fascism can spread in a free republic.

This book is a voice of the unrepresented majority, who voted against hate. This book is an outpouring of passion and thought against the ruling party, and a catalyst for persistent and increasing resistance. It will be an important part of the conversation for the next three-and-a-half years, and a notable historical document for the future.

Not My President will be available for sale and signing. Read more at its Kickstarter page.

For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.

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February 13, 2018

Liska Jacobs

Reading and discussing her debut novel


Catalina Liska JacobsPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, February 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Catalina, a magnetic, provocative debut novel

Elsa Fisher is headed for rock bottom. At least, that’s her plan. She has just been fired from MoMA on the heels of an affair with her married boss, and she retreats to Los Angeles to blow her severance package on whatever it takes to numb the pain. Her crew of college friends receive her with open arms, and plan to celebrate their reunion on a booze-soaked sailing trip to Catalina Island.

But Elsa doesn’t want to celebrate. She is lost, lonely, and full of rage, and only wants to sink as low as the drugs and alcohol will take her. On Catalina, her determined unraveling and recklessness expose painful memories and dark desires, putting everyone in the group at risk.

Catalina Liska Jacobs

Liska Jacobs, photo by Jordan Bryant

Liska Jacobs brings you inside the mind of an angry, reckless young woman hellbent on destruction—every page is taut with the knowledge that Elsa’s path does not lead to a happy place. Catalina is a compulsive, deliciously dark exploration of beauty, love, and friendship, and the sometimes toxic desires that drive us.

Liska Jacobs holds an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The RumpusLos Angeles Review of BooksLiterary HubThe Millions, and The Hairpin, among other publications.

Catalina will be available for sale and signing. Read an excerpt here.

For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.

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March 13, 2018

Palomar College Creative Writing Students

Reading their works

More information to come.

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April 10, 2018

Sara Marchant

Reading from and discussing her novella

Let Me Go

from the Running Wild Novella Anthology


Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, April 10, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

In Let Me Go, Sylvie Sullivan returns to her small home town in search of love, vengeance and information, but not necessarily in that order. She is looking for answers about her dead mother, her alcoholic psychiatrist father, and why, exactly, the sheriff has it in for her. Assisting her in her quest is her stepbrother/lover, her sidekick Max, and her reluctant stepmother Annie. Ultimately, though, it is Sylvie who must determine what her mother meant in her suicide note, “Let me go.”

Sara Marchant received her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. Her work has been published by The Manifest Station, Every Writer’s Resource, Full Grown People, Brilliant Flash Fiction, The Coachella Review, Writers Resist, East Jasmine Review, and ROAR. Her nonfiction is forthcoming in the WOC anthology All the Women in My Family Sing.

Long ago and far away, she worked at The San Diego Natural History Museum in their BiNational Education Department utilizing her BA in Latin American History. In her spare time she teaches Critical Thinking and Writing at Mt. San Jacinto College to the new generation that she hopes will someday save our society from its nihilistic impulses. She lives in the high desert of Southern California with her husband, two dogs, a goat, and five chickens. Sara is a founding editor of Writers Resist. Follow her on Instagram @the_sara_marchant.

Read an interview with the author here.

Running Wild Novella Anthology will be available for sale and signing.

For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.

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There is no December 2018 reading—give the gift of a book!—so we’ll see you Tuesday, January 8th for the first Writers Read of 2019.

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