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.

2016-17 Schedule

•  Our readings are the second Tuesday of each month (except July), 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 director, K-B Gressitt, at 760-522-1064 or kbgressitt@gmail.com.

Click here for past Writers Read events.

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December 13, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Susan Carol McCarthy

reading and discussing her Cold War-era novel

A Place We Knew Well

 

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

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

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

mccarthy-susan-carolSusan Carol McCarthy is the award-winning author of three works of literary fiction, Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands, True Fires, and A Place We Knew Well, plus the non-fiction Boomers 101: The Definitive Collection.

In A Place We Kplace-we-knew-well-cover-artnew WellMcCarthy digs into the sociological affects of the Cuban Missile Crisis on Americans. On October 19, 1962, The United States and the Soviet Union are at a stand-still and so is the Avery Family. The town of College Park, Florida is buzzing with gossip about the traffic at McCoy Air-force Base and Wes Avery, a World War II veteran and former bomb-dropper, can’t help but assume the worst—the United States is on the brink of catastrophe. In this intimately gripping novel, readers are brought into the 13-day period of panic, fear and uncertainty that was the Cuban Missile Crisis, the emotional repercussions of which were incredible and yet, the impact on the psyches of everyday citizens largely forgotten. With A Place We Knew Well, McCarthy seeks to remind us.

McCarthy’s debut novel has been widely selected by libraries and universities for their One Book, One Community and Freshman Year Read programs, and incorporated into school curricula in twenty-nine states and six countries. Although each of her novels was inspired by true historical events in her home state of Florida—a series of shocking race crimes, notoriously corrupt small-town politics, a week of military-imposed terror—McCarthy is best known for creating muscle-and-blood characters caught at the flashpoint when the larger political becomes intensely personal, and for her original blend of “fact, memory, imagination, and truth with admirable grace” (The Washington Post). Visit her website for more information.

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

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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

More information to come.

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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 8 and September 12, 2017, featured authors to be announced

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October 10, 2017, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Ibrahim Al-Marashi

reading and discussing

Iraq + 100: Stories from a Century After the Invasion

 


Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

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

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Iraq + 100, an anthology edited by Hassan Blasim, will be represented by contributing author and CSUSM Professor of History Ibrahim Al-Marashi.

The collection posed a question to contemporary Iraqi writers: What might your home city look like in the year 2103—exactly 100 years after the disastrous American and British-led invasion of Iraq? How might that war reach across a century of repair and rebirth, and affect the state of the country—its politics, its religion, its language, its culture—and how might Iraq have finally escaped its chaos and found its own peace? Iraq + 100 is an exercise in escaping the politics of the present and an opportunity for a hotbed of contemporary Arabic writers to offer its own spin on science fiction and fantasy. As the NPR review states, “In a just world, every single person who was in favor of invading Iraq would have to read this book.”

Iraq + 100 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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