Writers Read at Fallbrook Library

Writers Read at Fallbrook Library 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.

2017 Schedule

•  Our readings are the second Tuesday of each month (except July and December), 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 10, 2017, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Benjamin Madley

reading and discussing

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe

 

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

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

UCLA Professor Benjamin Madley is an historian of Native America, the United States, and genocide in world history. His first book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, was published by Yale University Press.

Between 1846 and 1873, California’s Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Madley’s deep research of California Indians under United States rule has produced the first full account of their government-sanctioned genocide. This history provides important context to recent successes in protecting Native sacred and culturally significant sites, such as the Gregory Canyon Landfill. The prospect of more such battles looms, and it is ever more important that communities understand the historical relationship between California’s Native Americans and the U.S. government.

The professor’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. The evening concludes with book sales and signing, and An American Genocide will be available at a discounted price. The book has won the 2016 Heyday Books History Award and acclaim from multiple publications, including, The Nation, The Los Angeles Time, The New York Times and Kirkus Reviews.

There will be no open mic at this event.

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

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February 14, 2017, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Rocco Versaci

reading and discussing his memoir

That Hidden Road

 

thathiddenroadcoverPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, February 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Rocco Versaci, PhD, grew up in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove and is the product of an Italian-American family, too much TV, and countless books. He currently lives in San Diego, where he is an English professor at Palomar College. In addition to teaching composition, creative writing and literature (including comics), he is the co-advisor for the school’s award-winning literary journal, Bravura. He is the author of This Book Contains Graphic Language (Bloomsbury, 2007), and his writing has appeared in The English JournalThe International Journal of Comic ArtMidwestern Gothic, and the Georgetown ReviewThat Hidden Road won a versaci-author-photo-012015 San Diego Book Award for outstanding memoir. He has two sons, two bikes, and only a few regrets.

That Hidden Road is Versaci’s funny, bittersweet and sometimes aching story of loss and recovery. It recounts the author’s bout with cancer, fractured family, and cross country cycling quest in search of self—illustrated with Versaci’s comics.

That Hidden Road will be available for sale and signing.

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

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March 14, 2017, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


David Putnam

reading and discussing

The Vanquished, a Bruno Johnson novel

 

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, March 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

The Vanquished (Oceanview Publishing, February 2017) is David Putnam’s fourth novel in his Bruno Johnson series. The best-selling author has put a 31-year law enforcement career to good use in his bad boy cop hero, and this latest installment is as thrilling as the previous three, The Disposables, The Replacements and The Squandered.

Putnam will read from his latest book and discuss his writing life. His novels will be available for sale and signing.

Learn more about Putnam and the Bruno Johnson series here.

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

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April 11, 2017, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Conney D. Williams and special guest Natalie Patterson

Celebrating National Poetry Month

 

Date: Tuesday, April 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Conney D. Williams, a poet, actor and performance artist, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, is a favorite at Writers Read. He’s with us this month to share new works and celebrate the power of the written word.

Conney’s first collection of poetry, Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet, was published in 2002. His poetry has also been published in various journals and anthologies including Voices from Leimert Park; America: At the End of the Day; and The Drumming Between Us. His collection Blues Red Soul Falsetto was published in December 2012, and he has released two new poetry CDs, Unsettled Water and River&Moan, available on his website.

Natalie Patterson National Poetry MonthNatalie Patterson is a Los Angeles-based poet, teaching artist and artrepreneur, dedicated to changing the world one poem at a time. Natalie starred in the web series “That’s What She Said” produced by SoulPancake and Darling Magazine. She collaborated with Sephora, resulting in the video “Wake Up Call” produced by Sephora University. She has traveled the country teaching and performing at universities, colleges and high schools. Poetry is the lens she sees life through, which supports her work as a teaching artist. Natalie leaves no topic untouched from inspiration to social justice and everything in between.

Conney and Natalie’s books and collections on CD will be available for sale and signing.

Join them—and bring your favorite poem, dark and dreary closet-writing, your randy limericks, whatever makes you happy—to celebrate with a room full of folks who know that poetry is not dead in the USA.

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

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May 9, 2017, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Wallace Tucker

reading and discussing

Chandra’s Cosmos: Dark Matter, Black Holes, and Other Wonders Revealed by NASA’s Premier X-Ray Observatory

 

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

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

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

In Chandra’s Cosmos, Wallace Tucker, Science Spokesperson for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Chandra X-ray Center, uses an informal narrative along with dramatic color images to describe discoveries made by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the most powerful X-ray telescope ever built.

On July 23, 1999, Chandra, the X-ray equivalent of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, was launched aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia into an elongated orbit that takes it as far as 86,000 miles from Earth. Chandra has given the world a view of the hot, high-energy regions of the universe that is largely hidden from telescopes sensitive only to visible light.

The book is organized in three parts: “The Big,” covering the cosmic web, dark energy, dark matter, and clusters of galaxies, the largest bound objects in the universe; “The Bad,” exploring neutron stars, stellar black holes, and supermassive black holes; and “The Beautiful,” discussing stars, supernovas, exoplanets, and life.

Tucker is the author of seven previous books, five of which are for a general audience, including Revealing the Universe, co-authored with Karen Tucker, and The X-ray Universe, with Riccardo Giacconi, the 2002 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Tucker has been author or co-author of numerous scientific and popular articles on astrophysics, and has written three prize-winning stage plays, one of which was published in the anthology, Stories Of Our Way: An Anthology of American Indian Plays. He is also active in land conservation, having co-founded the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, which has preserved more than 2,000 acres of conservation land, and served as the conservancy’s chairman for 24 years.

Tucker’s presentation will include a showing of some of the latest images made by Chandra, followed by Q&A with the audience. The evening concludes with book sales and signing.

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

 

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June 13, 2017, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Joan Maloof

reading and discussing

Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests

 

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

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

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Joan Maloof, a Fallbrook-based author, scientist and environmentalist, has published her third book about trees and their integral relationship with human life: Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests (Timber Press, November 2016).

In Nature’s Temples, Maloof, founder and director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, explains the unique nature of old-growth forests and delivers a passionate argument for protecting the few that remain.

Nature’s Temples will be available for sale and signing.

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

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There is no July reading—take a book to the beach!

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August 22, 2017, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library is pleased to present


T. Jefferson Parker

reading and discussing his new thriller

The Room of White Fire

Join us for a book release celebration

 

Please note the special 4th Tuesday date—and there will be no open mic this evening.

Date: Tuesday, August 22, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Three-time Edgar Award winner and Fallbrook-based author T. Jefferson Parker has a new novel coming out, The Room of White Fire, and it is as much a riveting mystery as a chilling political thriller.

Roland Ford—once a Marine, then a cop, now a private investigator—is good at finding people. But when he’s asked to locate Air Force veteran Clay Hickman, he realizes he’s been drawn into something deep and dark. He knows the weight of war, having served as a Marine in First Fallujah; he also knows the nightmare of indescribable personal pain, as only two years have passed since his young wife’s sudden death. What he doesn’t know is why a shroud of secrecy hangs over the disappearance of Clay Hickman—and why he’s getting a different story from everyone involved. What began as just a job becomes a life-and-death obsession for Ford, pitting him against immensely powerful and treacherous people and forcing him to contend with chilling questions about truth, justice, and the American way.

Be one of the first to acquire the book at our celebration on its release date, August 22.

Parker has written twenty-two novels, including the Charlie Hood Border Series. The Room of White Fire, and some of his previously published books, will be available for sale and signing at the reading.

Please note: There will be no open mic at this reading.

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

 

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September 12, 2017, Writers Read Presents

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, September 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Please note that we are seeking an alternate location for this event

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 about Writers Read, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.

 

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October 10, 2017, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

To be announced

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November 14, 2017, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Deanne Stillman

reading and discussing

Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill

 

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, November 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Coming this fall from Simon and Schuster, Deanne Stillman’s Blood Brothers is rooted one of her widely acclaimed book Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West. Blood Brothers explores the strange friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill, formed during the four months that Sitting Bull travelled with the Wild West show. Framed by the Battle of the Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee, it’s the backstory for what’s playing out today at Standing Rock, where Sitting Bull lived and was assassinated.

Deanne Stillman is a widely published, critically acclaimed writer, and her plays have won prizes in various festivals. Her books include: Desert Reckoning, based on a Rolling Stone piece, winner of the Spur and LA Press Club Awards, an Amazon editors’ pick, and recipient of rave reviews in Newsweek, the Denver Post, LA Review of Books and elsewhere; Twentynine Palms, an LA Times “best book of the year” that Hunter Thompson call “[a] strange and brilliant story by an important American writer”; and Mustang, an LA Times “best book of the year,” praised from The Atlantic to The Economist, and recently released in an audio edition withAnjelica Huston, Frances Fisher, Wendie Malick, John Densmore (the drummer in the Doors), and Richard Portnow. In addition, her work has appeared in Angels Flight Literary West, The Rumpus, Salon, The New York Times, LA Times, Tin House, Orion, Slate and other publications, and she writes the “Letter from the West” column for the Los Angeles Review of Books. She’s a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Low Residency MFA Creative Writing Program, and a winner of an Amtrak Writers Residency. For more, visit DeanneStillman.com.

Blood Brothers will be available for sale and signing.

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

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There is no December reading—give the gift of a book!

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