Past Writers Read Events

 

2016 Schedule

January 12, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Come out of the closet and read!

An all open mic night

Books
Date: Tuesday, January 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Celebrate the New Year with writers of poetry and prose

those who read their work every chance they get

those who’ve never read publicly before

those who fall somewhere in between

Join these and other book lovers for a night of open mic.

 

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

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February 9, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


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 Poet and Novelist Jon Wesick 


Reading and discussing


Poetry: Words of Power, Dances of Freedom


Novels: Hunger for Annihilation and Y
ellow Lines    

 

Hunger

 

 

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, February 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

 

 

YellowLines Host of the Gelato Poetry Series in San Diego, author of the poetry collection Words of Power, Dances of Freedom and two novels, Hunger for Annihilation and Yellow Lines, Jon Wesick has published over three hundred poems in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Pearl and Slipstream. An editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, he has also published nearly a hundred short stories, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. One of his poems won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists contest. Another had a link on the Car Talk website. Jon has a Ph.D. in physics and is a longtime student of Buddhism and the martial arts.

 

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

 

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SPECIAL READING DATE and LOCATION: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 4 to 5:30

Writers Read Presents


Norman Fischer, poet and essayist

reading from and discussing


Magnolias All At Once
poetry


Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language & Religion
, essays

 

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

 

Date:  Saturday, March 5, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Location:  Café des Artistes,103 S Main Ave, Fallbrookenter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado Street

Magnolias All At Once coverNorman Fischer is a prolific poet and essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest and teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area.  A graduate of the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he was associated with the lively Bay Area avant-garde poetry scene in the late 1970s, and has continued to write and publish steadily since then.

Fischer ExperienceHis latest poetry collections are  Magnolias All At Once (Singing Horse Press, 2015), Escape This Crazy Life of Tears: Japan 2010 (Tinfish Press, 2014), The Strugglers (Singing Horse Press, 2013) and Conflict (Chax Press, 2012). His latest prose works are What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind  (Shambhala Press, 2016), Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion (University of Alabama Press, 2015) and Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong (Shambhala, 2013).

Norman lives with his wife Kathie on a cliff in Muir Beach. They have two grown sons, Aron and Noah, who live in Brooklyn, and three grandchildren.

Magnolias All At Once and Experience will be available for sale and signing.

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

 

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March 8, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Women in Words: 
Readings by, for and about women

An all-open mic celebration of

Women’s History Month


Date: 
Tuesday, March 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.2015-Theme1-300x300

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Bring your favorite writing—original or by another writer—by, for or about women throughout history, recent or long past, poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction.

Join us for an all-open mic reading that celebrates Women in Words.

And, if you’re up for a challenge, take the Women’s History Month Quiz here.

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

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April 12, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


T. Jefferson Parker

reading from his new novel Crazy Blood


Date: Tuesday, April 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

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Crazy Blood is Fallbrook author T. Jefferson Parker’s second literary departure from his long line of award-winning crime novels and short stories, including three Edgar Award winners.

Like his acclaimed novel, Full Measure, in which a Marine returns from Afghanistan to his parents’ ranch in the fire-ravaged town of Fallbrook, California, Crazy Blood is also a story of family and the search for identity.

But what a family it is, a dynasty of crazy ski racers, carving the slopes of Mammoth Lakes in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

Crazy Blood follows the third generation of a fatally conflicted clan of snow sports athletes and the brutal competition between two half-brothers, both Olympic hopefuls.

Parker has also written twenty crime novels, including the Charlie Hood Border Series. His books will be available for sale and signing.

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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May 10, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Author and Artist Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin

Discussing

Mi Amor

 

MiAmorPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, May 10, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

 

Author, artist and gifted storyteller Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin will share excerpts from her memoir, Mi Amor, blended with visual art and music.

Vibiana’s prose and poetry have appeared in Dismantle of VONA, Voices of our Nation; Heart Song Food Memories; Los Angeles County Latino Heritage Calendar; Flor Y Canto Literary Festival, USC; Inscape Literary Magazine of Pasadena City College; the City of Altadena’s Poetry Anthology, 2011-15; dandelion breeze and apology of wildflowers, Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology 2013-14; The San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly 2013-14; and Beyond the Lyric Moment, Tebot Bach 2014.

 

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

 

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June 14, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Hillary Whittington

reading and discussing

Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached


RaisingRyland PB CPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, June 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Hillary Whittington knows much more than most parents about transgender children. She has to—for her son Ryland’s sake. Her book recounts her doubts, familial conflicts, the turmoil of Ryland’s gradual revelation of his identity, and her fears and hopes for him. Born with the body of a girl and the heart and mind of a boy, Ryland eventually communicated this to his family explicitly. When they were able to accept it, they helped him to begin transitioning, with a boy’s haircut and all the accoutrements of a playful male child.

Join us for a reading and discussion of Hillary’s experience parenting a transgender child. Her book will be available for sale and signing.

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

 

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July: We’re taking a break. Join us—go sit in the sand, sip something fun, write a line or two.

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August 9, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Readings from the San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016

 

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Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

DateTuesday, August 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

The San Diego Poetry Annual, published by Garden Oak Press, contains the work of poets from throughout the San Diego County region. The Annual includes two volumes: one of Spanish poetry, with English translations, and one of poetry originally written in English.

The new edition includes an eclectic group of poets, including our first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, who was raised in Escondido.

The San Diego Poetry Annual is part of the permanent collections of every college and university library in San Diego County, the county and city library systems, and the libraries of independent cities throughout the area.

Copies of both volumes of the 2015-2016 Annual will be available for sale at the reading.

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

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September 13, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Karla Cordero

performing and discussing her new collection

Grasshoppers Before Gods

karla cordero poetPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

DateTuesday, September 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Karla Cordero is the 2015 recipient of the Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for writers of color from The Loft Literary Center (Minnesota, Minneapolis) and recipient of the Global Diversity Award at San Diego State University. Cordero curates, Voice For Change, a reading series inviting award winning spoken word artists to share their narratives on survival, and she hosts writing workshops for undocumented migrants in shelters located in Mexicali, Mexico.

She is a contributing writer for Poetry International and the founder and editor of Spit Journal, an online literary review for poetry and social justice. Cordero is the 2013 Grand Slam Champion and the first Latina female to be part of the San Diego Elevated slam team, which placed 4th in the nation at the National Poetry Slam in Boston. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in 2015 and currently teaches at San Diego City College.

Cordero’s work has been published in the Acentos Review, Word Riot, Toe Good Poetry and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Grasshoppers Before Gods (2016), was published by Dancing Girl Press, and it will be available at the reading for sale and signing.

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

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October 11, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents


Ruth Nolan

reading and discussing her poetry collection, Ruby Mountain

and her edited volume of desert stories, No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California’s Deserts

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

DateTuesday, October 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Ruth Nolan 1 at Coachella Valley Preserve CA by Pablo AguilarRuth Nolan Ruby MountainRuth Nolan is a writer based in the California desert. She’s the author of the poetry book Ruby Mountain (Finishing Line Press 2016). Her short story, “Palimpsest,” published in LA Fiction: Southland Writing by Southland Writers (Red Hen Press 2016), was selected as a finalist in Sequestrum Magazine’s 2016 Editor’s Reprint contest, and her flash nonfiction essay collection, California Drive, won the Mojave River Press 2015 flash creative nonfiction contest. Ruth is also the editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California’s Deserts (Heyday Books, 2009).

Ruth’s fiction and nonfiction writing and poetry have also been published recently in Rattling Wall; Desert Oracle; Women’s Studies Quarterly; Rhino Baby; News from Native California; Sierra Club Desert Report, Lumen and The Desert Sun, Palm Springs. She also writes Ruth Nolan No Place for a Puritanabout California desert culture and the environment for KCET/Artbound Los Angeles and Inlandia Literary Journeys. She serves as an advisory committee member for Poets and Writers, California. Ruth holds her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of CA Riverside-Palm Desert Campus and is professor of English, Creative Writing and American Indian Literature at College of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA. Visit her blog or email her at runolan@aol.com.

Ruby Mountain and No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California’s Deserts 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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November 15, 2016, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

 

Veterans’ Writing Group of San Diego County

reading from

Away for the Holidays

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 12.16.00 AMPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, November 15, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Please note special date, due to the General Election on the 8th.

The Veterans’ Writing Group will be represented by six members, who will read from the group’s new collection, Away For The Holidays.

Garry Garretson, USN, Vietnam

Bud Parson, USN, corpsman Vietnam

Ron Pickett, USN aviator, Vietnam, 26 years of service

Dante Puccetti, Army Artillery Surveyor, Vietnam  

Terry Severhill, USMC, Vietnam

Stacey Thompson, USMC, 1999

The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the authors, and Away for the Holidays 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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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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2015 Schedule

 

January 13, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Jim Ruland. Writer. Sailor. Punk. Rat.

Discussing

Forest of Fortune, Big Lonesome and Giving the Finger

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Jim-Books

Date: Tuesday, January 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Jim Ruland is the author of the novel, Forest of Fortune, the short story collection Big Lonesome and co-author of Giving the Finger with Scott Campbell Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.

He is currently collaborating with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF!, on his memoir My Damage: 40 Years on the Front Lines of Punk.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Jim also runs the Southern California-based reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its eleventh year.

Ruland’s books will available for sale and signing.

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

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February 10, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Poet Harry Griswold

Discussing

Just Enough Clothes

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, February 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

HarryGriswoldHarry Griswold, a poet and teacher based in Southern California, will read from his 2014 collection Just Enough Clothes. He earned Screen Shot 2015-01-17 at 8.14.20 AMan MFA in poetry from Pacific University, and leads poetry workshops in Solana Beach. He divides his time between San Diego and Idyllwild, California, where he is active with the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. His first poetry collection, Camera Obscura, was a finalist in the 2008 San Diego Book Awards.

Griswold’s books 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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March 10, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Women in Words: Readings by, for and about women

An all-open mic celebration of

Women’s History Month


Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.2015-Theme1-300x300

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Bring your favorite writing—original or by another writer—by, for or about women throughout history, recent or long past, poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction.

Join us for an all-open mic reading that celebrates Women in Words.

And, if you’re up for a challenge, take the Women’s History Month Quiz here.

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

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April 14, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library presents a celebration of

National Poetry Month featuring:

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Shy But Flyy
Kari Hawkey
and
Conney Williams 


Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

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

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Bring your favorite poem or flash prose to share during open mic, and then be wowed by our featured poets—each with a wonderful and distinct way with words.

Shy But FlyyShy But Flyy is a Texas born, and now Long Beach-based, singer-poet. She is best known for her performances with strictly percussion and vocals. Shy collaborates with many bands including LBPOD, which consists of percussion, spoken-word and song.

Along with her singing, Shy hosts many open mics in Long Beach, including Griot Café, at Shades of Afrika, and Xpressions, and she co-hosts Flight School Open Mic, in Culver City.

Shy is currently working on a CD. The single “Up And Down,” produced by Dae One, is available on iTunes. Her poetry collection, The Meaning of the Blues, is available on Amazon.

KariHawkeyKari Hawkey is a multifaceted writer.  She grew up in Southern California, but has wanderlust and enjoys traveling the world. Kari instructs middle school students in English Language Arts, and Research Methods to Masters of Education students.  She was former Poetry Editor at The Coachella Review, and is currently an Intern Editor for Smartish Pace: A Poetry Review. Her work has appeared in Burningword and Straightforward, and she was finalist for the 2013 Pocataligo Poetry Prize. She was recently the recipient of the 2014 Lucille Clifton Scholarship for The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley (thanks to former Poet Laureate Robert Hass). Kari holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration, an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts with an emphasis in poetry and screenwriting, and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program. Kari is also an interior designer focusing upon eco-friendly design. You will often find her at a local theatre, art exhibit, Nordstrom’s sale, or just reading a book at the pub down the street.

ConneyDWilliamsConney D. Williams is a Los Angeles based poet, actor and performance artist, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, where he worked as a radio personality. 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 newest collection, Blues Red Soul Falsetto, was published in December 2012.

Conney has performed his poetry on television, radio, galleries, universities, grade schools, coffeehouses, and stages around Southern California and across the country, including the Black Arts Festival. He is a talented public speaker with more than thirty years of experience.

Poets will have their collections available for sale and signing.

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

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May 12, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Emerging Author Beth Newcomer

Discussing

The Art of the Short Story


Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

BethHeadshot_2_031715Date: Tuesday, May 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Beth Escott Newcomer is a Pushcart-prize nominee for her short story “Tightrope,” published in The Sand Hill Review in 2013. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in many literary publications, including The Alembic, Stickman ReviewThe Tulane Review and Diverse Voices Quarterly, which published her story “All She Wanted,” a Best of the Net nominee in 2013.

Beth grew up on Normal Avenue in Normal, Illinois, but now lives in Fallbrook, California. To support her writing habit, she manages the Southern California-based graphic design firm she founded and helps promote her family’s cacti and succulent nursery. Two little white dogs follow her everywhere she goes.

Beth’s short story monographs will be available for sale and signing, for $5 each.

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

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June 9, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Author Wendy C. Ortiz

Discussing

Hollywood Notebook

and

Excavation: A Memoir


Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, June 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

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Ortiz with her new release, Hollywood Notebook

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books) and Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press). Wendy wrote the year-long, monthly column “On the Trail of Mary Jane,” about medical marijuana dispensary culture in Southern California, for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her excavation coverwork has appeared in The New York Times, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, and PANK, among other places.

She has twice been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, a rural writing retreat for women. She is co-founder, curator and host of the long-running Rhapsodomancy Reading Series. Wendy is a mother and marriage and family therapist intern in Los Angeles.

She is also an adjunct faculty in creative writing and has also facilitated creative writing workshops with Los Angeles youth in juvenile detention facilities. While living in Olympia, Washington, she was a mudwrestler, library worker and editor and publisher of 4th Street, a handbound literary journal.

Wendy’s books will be available for sale and signing.

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

Photo credit: Meiko Takechi Arquillos.

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July 2015, Writers Read is on summer break

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August 11, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Author Charles Degelman

Discussing

A Bowl Full of Nails and Gates of Eden

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, August 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

CharlieDegelmanGatesEdenCharles Degelman is a writer, editor and educator living in Los Angeles. His first novel, Gates of Eden, is a 1960s story of resistance, rebellion and love. The book garnered a silver medal from the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards. A Bowl Full of Nails, published earlier this year by Harvard Square Editions, is set in the counterculture of the 1970s. It was a finalist in the Bellwether Competition, sponsored by Barbara Kingsolver.

After graduating Harvard, Degelman left academia to become an antiwar activist, political theater artist, musician, communard, carpenter, hard-BowlNailsrock miner, and itinerant gypsy trucker. When the dust settled, he returned to his first love, writing. In the 1990s he was swept up by the film world and the burgeoning digital industry where he wrote and produced documentary and educational films for TNT, Churchill Films, Pyramid Films, Philips Interactive Media and others. Titles include a feature-length biography of filmmaker John Huston for TNT and an award-winning biography of Mozart for Philips Interactive.

Charlie’s books will be available for sale and signing.

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

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September 8, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Poet Steve McDonald

Discussing his new collection

Golden Fish / Dark Pond

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, September 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

SteveMcDonaldSteve McDonald’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including Nimrod, The Atlanta Review, RATTLE, The Crab Creek Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Spillway, Blue Unicorn, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and The Cresset.

His chapbook Golden Fish / Dark Pond took first place in The Comstock Review‘s 2014 GoldenFishchapbook awards.  His other awards include third place in the Beyond Baroque poetry awards, finalist and semifinalist respectively in the 2014 Tiferet and Nimrod poetry awards, and inclusion in the anthology Best New  Poets 2010. 

Steve’s books of poetry include his chapbook Golden Fish / Dark Pond, published by The Comstock Review in 2015, his full-length collection House of Mirrors, published by Tebot Bach in 2013, and his chapbook Where There Was No Pattern, published by Finishing Line Press in 2007.

Steve is Professor Emeritus of English and former Dean of Languages and Literature at Palomar College in San Marcos, California.

Steve’s books will be available for sale and signing.

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

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October 13, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Author David L. Ulin

Discussing

Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles

SidewalkingPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, October 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

David L. Ulin is the author of the novella Labyrinth. His other books include The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. He is book critic of the Los Angeles Times.

Minolta DSCUlin’s new book, Sidewalking, to be published by University of California Press, is “a compelling inquiry into the evolving landscape of Los Angeles. Part personal narrative, part investigation of the city as both idea and environment, Sidewalking is many things: a discussion of Los Angeles as urban space, a history of the city’s built environment, a meditation on the author’s relationship to the city, and a rumination on the art of urban walking. Exploring Los Angeles through the soles of his feet, Ulin gets at the experience of its street life, drawing from urban theory, pop culture, and literature.”

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

Photo credit: Noah Ulin.

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November 10, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Veterans’ Writing Group of San Diego County

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 12.16.00 AMGarry G. Garretson, USN
Tenley Lozano, USCG
Bud Parson, USN
Capt. Ron Pickett, USN
Frank Sutton, USA

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, November 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Garry G. Garretson served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969. He transported Navy Seals, weapons and supplies, flying from Chulai, Danang and Saigon, Vietnam. As a radioman assigned to an airborne early warning aircraft, his flights regularly took him into North Vietnam airspace to employ detection systems against missiles and other threats to U.S. aircraft. Gary writes poetry.

Tenley Lozano served as a U.S. Coast Guard officer for five years after graduating from the USCG Academy in 2008. During her tenure, she was stationed in the engineering department on a ship that patrolled the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver to the equator. She then attended Navy Dive School and spent two years as a diver. She is now in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Sierra Nevada College and working as a ship design engineer. She lives in Oceanside, California. Tenley writes narrative nonfiction.

Bud Parson served in the U.S. Navy, attached to the Fleet Marine Force as a corpsman. He served in Vietnam 1966 to 67, and was medically discharged from the Navy in 1967 after being wounded in combat. Bud writes poetry.

Capt. Ron Pickett, USN (ret.), was an aviator, from 1955 to1981, and commanded two organizations. He received an BS/MS from Naval Post Graduate School. He’s been married 58 years and had two children and four grandchildren. Ron writes fiction.

Frank Sutton remembers the WWII infantry in France. Since leaving his BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) there in 1945, the only weapon he has since touched is his pen. Frank writes narrative nonfiction.

For more information about Writers Read, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.
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December 8, 2015, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

 

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with the paperback release of Full Measure

 

and an exclusive reading from his new thriller Crazy Blood

 

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Date: Tuesday, December 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

T. Jefferson Parker, three-time Edgar Award winner, is the author of the celebrated novel, Full Measure, available in paperback December 1—in time for holiday gift-giving. Patrick Norris, a young Marine, returns from Afghanistan to find his hometown, Fallbrook, recovering from a wildfire; his parents facing a devastated CrazyBloodavocado ranch;  and his disabled brother, struggling with his own battles.

Jeff will give an exclusive reading of an excerpt from his new thriller, Crazy Blood, to be release in March 2016. A volatile family feud carves the slopes at the Mammoth Cup ski race, an Olympic qualifier.

Parker has also written twenty crime novels, including the acclaimed Charlie Hood Border Series. His books will be available for sale and signing.

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

 

 

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2014 Schedule

January 14, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Author Deanne Stillman

Discussing

Mustang: the Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West,

Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines and the Mojave and

Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History

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Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, January 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Deanne Stillman is a widely published, critically acclaimed writer. Her latest book, Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, A Mojave Hermit and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History, based on a Rolling Stone article, won the Western Writers of America 2013 Spur Award and LA Press Club Award for best nonfiction. It was also a Southwest Book of the Year and was praised in the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Denver Post.

TwentyninePalmsCoverHer previous book, Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West, is a Los Angeles Times Book Review “best book 08,” winner of the 2008 California Book Awards silver medal for nonfiction, and recipient of numerous rave reviews, including, NPR, Atlantic, Orion, The Economist, The Santa Fe New Mexican, Publisher’s Weekly starred, and Kirkus Reviews. Mustang is currently under option for a film starring Wendie Malick, and has been presented to President Obama as the book to read on wild horses and American history.

Stillman, who is on the faculty at the UCR-Palm Desert M.F.A. Low Residency Creative Writing Program, also wrote the cult classic Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave, a Los Angeles Times Book Review “best book 01.” Hunter Thompson called it, “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” Twentynine Palms is included in many college nonfiction classes around the country.

DesertReckoningCoverStillman’s books will be available at the reading for purchase and signing.

Read a Words with Writers interview with Deanne Stillman here, and view scenes from her books below.

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

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February 11, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Author Jincy Willett

Discussing

Amy Falls Down


Amy Falls DownPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, February 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

San Diego County-based author Jincy Willett has launched another novel loaded with social critique and her special blend of satiric humor and poignant clarity. In Amy Falls Down, Willett revisits Amy Gallup, the heroine of The Writing Class, and 530210 ap.tifproceeds to skewer the publishing industry as Gallup rides the crest of an unexpected success.

Amy Falls Down will be available at the reading for sale and signing.

Willett’s other works include the novel Winner of the National Book Award and her short story collection Jenny and the Jaws of Life, which humorist David Sedaris described as “the funniest collection of stories I’ve ever read—really funny and perfectly sad at the same time.”

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

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March 11, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Women in Words: readings by, for and about women

An all-open mic celebration of

Women’s History Month


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Tuesday, March 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Bring your favorite writing—original or by another writer—by, for or about women throughout history, recent or long past, poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction.

Join us for an all-open mic reading that celebrates Women in Words.

And, if you’re up for a challenge, take the Women’s History Month Quiz here.

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

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April 8, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library presents a celebration of

National Poetry Month featuring:

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Stacy Dyson
Penny Perry
Conney Williams


Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, April 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Bring your favorite poem or flash prose to share during open mic, and then be wowed by our featured poets—each with a wonderful and distinct way with words.

Poets will have their collections available for purchase and signing.

Learn more about our featured poets:

Stacy Dyson                                     Penny Perry                                               Conney Williams

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

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May 13, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Author and Playwright George D. Morgan

Discussing

Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist


Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

RocketGirlCoverDate: Tuesday, May 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

George Morgan is the Playwright in Residence at California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena. His biography Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist, which followed his play of the same name, reveals the unusual and formerly secret story of his mother, a young woman who found herself in the competitive male world of rocket fuel science, while the United States competed with Germany and the Soviet Union.

Rocket Girl will be available at the reading for sale and signing.

George has written more than a dozen stage plays and musicals including Second To Die, Nevada Belle and Thunder in the Valley.  He also wrote the score for the children’s musical The Trial of Goldilocks.

In 2001 his play Second To Die was adapted into a film starring Paul Winfield and Erika Eleniak.  George’s screenplay Short Line won first place in the 2007 International Family Film Festival screenwriting contest.

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

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June 10, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Historical Novelist Roger Conlee

Discussing

Fog and Darkness and Every Shape, Every Shadow


Conlee Fog and Cover ImagePreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, June 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

shadow1smRoger Conlee, a former journalist and a PR professional, is a San Diego-based historical novelist. He has published five novels set during Word War II—including the two he’ll be discussing this evening, Every Shape, Every Shadow, which takes place during the decisive Battle of Guadalcanal, and Fog of Darkness, his most recent novel, which takes place during the last year of the war.

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

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July 8, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Author Lauren Cobb

Discussing

Boulevard Women


BoulevardWomenPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, July 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Lauren Cobb, Professor of English at Bemidji State University, Minnesota, will be reading from and discussing her new collection of linked short stories, Boulevard Women. Winner of the 2012 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, the collection delves into the lives of three women, born in three distinct generations and living as neighbors in Athens, Georgia.

Boulevard Women will be available for sale and signing by the author.

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

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August 12, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Laurel Corona, historical novelist

Discussing

The Mapmaker’s Daughter


mapmakersDaughterPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, August 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Laurel Corona is a long-time Writers Read favorite, and we’re delighted to have her back—with her newest historical novel, The Mapmaker’s Daughter. Set in 15th century Spain during the Inquisition and the Jewish expulsion, heroine Amalia Riba struggles to maintain her identity and faith.

The Mapmaker’s Daughter will be available for sale and signing by the author.

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

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September 23, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

T. Jefferson Parker and the launch of Full Measure


Special date
: Tuesday, September 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Join T. Jefferson Parker for a celebration of his new novel, Full Measure. Patrick Norris, a young Marine, returns from Afghanistan to find his home town, Fallbrook, recovering from a wildfire; his parents facing a devastated avocado ranch,  and his disabled brother, who is struggling with his own battles.

Author T.C. Boyle described Full Measure as a “tense and compelling drama of the wars without and the wars within—and of the flame of violence that burns through the American psyche.”

Full Measure will be available for sale and signing after the author’s presentation.

More information to come!

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

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October 14, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Helen Pruden Kaufmann

Discussing her memoir

White Gloves and Collards


White Gloves and Collards - Cover ArtPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, October 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Growing up in North Carolina along with the civil rights movement, Helen Pruden Kaufmann’s story is one of personal loss amid social revolution. She ultimately became the community liaison for a public school desegregation program in Massachusetts and has written for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford.

White Gloves and Collards will be available for sale and signing by the author.

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

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November 18, 2014, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Deborah Smith Parker, author of The Horse that Haunts My Heart

and

Sarah Tauber, author of For Dear Life


Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose
DateTuesday, November 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (Please note this is the THIRD Tuesday of the month.)
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

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ForDearLifeCoverDeborah Smith Parker, a professional astrologer, recalls the equine romance of her youth in The Horse that Haunts My Heart. This coming-of-age memoir takes place in the 1950s during three transformative summers Parker spent on a horse ranch in site of the Rocky Mountains.

Sarah Tauber’s For Dear Life is a survivor story. The memoir is about the two years Tauber lived in Tehran, Iran, the most challenging time of her life.

For Dear Life and The Horse that Haunts My Heart 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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January 9, 2013, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Performance Poet Stacy Dyson

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
Enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

Stacy Dyson is a dynamic performance poet, playwright and a capella vocalist. She has published six chapbooks and recorded four CDs.

Based in San Diego and active nationally, Stacy writes, “I am a poet … there is no other way for me.”

Her way is compelling and thought provoking. Join us for a fascinating evening of words and music.

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

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March 13, 2013, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Readings from the newly released San Diego Poetry Annual!

Including open mic readings of original poetry and prose 

SDPA2013Date: Wednesday, March 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
Enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

The San Diego Poetry Annual 2012-13 was published on January 30, 2013 by Garden Oak Press.

This new edition features 249 poems from 215 poets, including a Bilingual Section of 50 poems by 50 poets. The Annual 2012-13 features poet Diane Wakoski. Other contributors include such renowned poets as California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, former Poet Laureate Al Young, Steve Kowit, Marge Piercy, Ellen Bass, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and poets from throughout the San Diego County region.

Some of our Writers Read favorites have works in this year’s annual: Brandon Cesmat, Kate Harding, Steve McDonald, Terry Severhill, R.D. Skaff, Tom Somers, Sharon Thompson, Jon Wesick and more.

The San Diego Poetry Annual is part of the permanent collections of every college and university library in San Diego County, the county and city library systems, and the libraries of independent cities throughout the area.

Copies of the 2012-13 annual will be available for sale at the reading. They can also be purchased online at CreateSpace.com. Purchases of the annual are fully tax deductible, as a donation to San Diego Entertainment and Arts Guild, through which they are sold.

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Note special date: Friday, April 19, 2013

 

Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

T. Jefferson Parker, reading from his new thriller

The Famous and the Dead

Date: Friday, April 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
Enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

Best-selling author and Edgar Award winner T. Jefferson Parker will present his new Charlie Hood thriller, The Famous and the Dead. This is the much anticipated final book in Jeff’s Border Series.

Now calling Fallbrook his home, Jeff is a favorite at our readings — for his entertaining description of his research and his generous sharing of tales of the writing life.

Join us for another fabulous evening with T. Jefferson Parker.

The Famous and the Dead will be available for sale and signing.

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

NOTE: There will be no open mic tonight, and dinner will not be served.

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May 8, 2013, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Conney D. Williams

Reading from his new poetry collection, Blues Red Soul Falsetto


Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
Enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

danceConney D. Williams is a Los Angeles based poet, actor and performance artist, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, where he worked as a radio personality. Conney’s first collection of poetry, Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet, was published in 2002.

His new collection, Blues Red Soul Falsetto, was published in December 2012. New York Times bestselling author Michael Datcher described the collection as “a haunting interrogation of the African-American sojourn in the land that helps to hyphenate his name. These poems ruminate on fatherhood, foreign policy, failure and F.E.M.A., with the subtle lyricism of a poet comfortable frontcoverwith the high notes and familiar with the moans of life’s low-end register. In particular, the poems on Hurricane Katrina are devastating. With this stunning volume of poetry, Conney Williams double-dares you to look away. A dare you can’t win.”

Blues Red Soul Falsetto will be available for sale and signing.

Conney is also the Artistic Director at the World Stage in Leimert Park, and a member and current coordinator for the Anansi Writers Workshop. His has collaborated with artist Charles Bibbs on the production of WordArt, a monthly event of poetry, jazz, and visual art. He has hosted several poetry venues and been a curator for many poetry/jazz events throughout Los Angeles.

For more information, contact Kit-Bacon Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.
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July 9, 2013, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Marivi Soliven

Reading from her debut novel, The Mango Bride


TheMangoBridePreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, July 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Marivi Soliven, of San Diego, is the debut author of The Mango Bride, a cross-cultural novel about love, family and tradition, and the forces that put them in conflict—amid the challenges of immigration.

The author will be discussing her novel, which will be available for sale and signing.

Read more about Marivi Soliven and The Mango Bride on the author’s blog.

Our thanks to Mysterious Galaxy Books for their support.

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August 13, 2013, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Duff Brenna

Discussing his award-winning memoir, Murdering the Mom


Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, August 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

9781877655746_ARC_cvr2.inddDuff Brenna is the author of nine books, including The Book of Mamie, which won the AWP Award for Best Novel; The Holy Book of the Beard, named “an underground classic” by The New York Times; Too Cool, a New York Times Noteworthy Book; The Altar of the Body was given the Editors Prize Favorite Book of the Year Award, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and also received a San Diego Writers Association Award for Best Novel 2002. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award, Milwaukee Magazine’s Best Short Story of the Year Award, and a Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention. His collection of short stories, Minnesota Memoirs, wasduff_bend_booktour awarded first prize at the 2013 Next Generation Indie Awards in New York City.

His memoir, Murdering the Mom, was a Finalist for Best Non-Fiction at the same 2013 Independent Publishers Awards. He also received a second place award under the “Grand Prize” category. His work has been translated into six languages.

The author will be discussing his writing life and his books, several of which will be available for sale and signing.

Duff Brenna is also the founding editor and fiction editor of Serving House: a Journal of Literary Arts.

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

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September 10, 2013, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Janice Steinberg

Author of The Tin Horse


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Date: Tuesday, September 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Janice Steinberg is an award-winning mystery novelist, who departs the mystery genre with her new novel, The Tin Horse, a rich multigenerational story about the intense, often fraught bond sisters share and the dreams and sorrows that lay at the heart of the immigrant experience.Janice Steinberg

Margaret Dilloway, author of How to Be an American Housewife, wrote of Steinberg’s novel, “In the wry and witty voice of retiree Elaine Greenstein, Janice Steinberg brings the bygone Jewish immigrant L.A. neighborhood of Boyle Heights to vibrant life. Part mystery, part sister story, part family history, The Tin Horse is a completely immersive reading experience. I closed the pages feeling as though I’d lived another life.”

Steinberg will be discussing her novel, which will be available for sale and signing.

Our thanks to Mysterious Galaxy Books for their support.

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

Photo credit: Gaia Steinberg

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October 8, 2013, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Steve McDonald

Reading from his new poetry collection, House of Mirrors


HouseOfMirrorsCoverPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, October 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Steve McDonald is Professor Emeritus of English at Palomar College, where he also served as Dean of Languages and Literature. His new poetry collection, House of Mirrors, published by Tebot Bach Press, was described by poet Judith Pacht as “elegant poems—moving and redemptive.” His poems have appeared in RATTLE, The Crab Creek Review, Spillway, Blue Unicorn, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Passager, Pinyon, The Cresset, and other journals. He was a finalist in the 2008 Sow’s Ear Poetry Awards, received Honorable Mention in the 2006 Passager SMcDonaldMugpoetry competition, and was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Dana Awards and in the 2007 Finishing Line Press chapbook competition. In 2010 his work appeared in Best New Poets 2010. His chapbook Where There Was No Pattern was published by Finishing Line Press in 2007.

House of Mirrors will be available for sale and signing.

Read more about Steve McDonald and House of Mirrors.

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

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November 12, 2013, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Diana Gould

Discussing her Hollywood Thriller, Coldwater


Coldwater Front Cover Feb 8 2013Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, November 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Diana Gould is an award-winning scriptwriter, producer and author of the new murder-mystery thriller Coldwater,, lauded by television producer Steve Bochco as “not only a gripping murder mystery that exposes the lurid sex lives of Hollywood’s elite, but also a harrowing tale of addiction and redemption.” Gould has written pilots, movies, episodes and mini-series for network and cable. She was writer-producer of 05cc41cf73860a7e9d9ac0.L._V386892899_SX200_Dynasty, executive story consultant on Knot’s Landing, her script I Love You—Good-bye won the Population Institute Award, and she served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America. She received an MFA in fiction from Bennington, has taught fiction, screen and playwriting in the MFA program at Goddard, and coaches writers privately.

The author will be discussing Coldwater, which will be available for sale and signing.

Read more about Gould and Coldwater.

Our thanks to Mysterious Galaxy Books for their support.

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

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December 10, 2013, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Raymond E. Feist

Discussing Magician’s End, the Riftwar Cycle conclusion


MagiciansEndCoverPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, December 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

Raymond E. Feist is the internationally bestselling author of the fantasy series, the Riftwar Cycle. Begun in 1982, Feist’s thirtieth book in the cycle, Magician’s End, brings the series to an end. Feist is a Southern Californian by birth and a San Diegan by choice. He was educated at the University of California, San RaymondEFeistDiego, where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977. His books have been on both the New York Times and the Times of London bestseller lists.

The author will be discussing his series and Magician’s End, which will be available for sale and signing.

Read more about Raymond Feist and the Riftwar Cycle series.

Our thanks to Mysterious Galaxy Books for their support.

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

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2008 through 2012 Readings

Writers Read

Wednesday 12 November 2008, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

November’s featured writer is Patty Campbell, co-editor of War Is… Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk About War. Read more below.

Hosted by Cafe des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook
Enter the Cafe from the rear parking lot behind Main Street.

Supported by Fallbrook independent bookseller The Book Nook, 760-731-2665.

Award-winning young adult genre writer and editor Patty Campbell, of Fallbrook, co-edited the recently published anthology, “War Is… Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk About War,” with Marc Aronson. Campbell will read from her introduction and the collection, which reflects the editors’ opposing viewpoints on the nature of war.

Aronson thinks war is inevitable; Campbell thinks war is wrong; but they agree teens need to hear truthful voices of those who have experienced war firsthand. The result is a selection of essays, memoirs, letters and fiction by writers such as Ernie Pyle, Christian Bauman, Mark Twain, Chris Hedges, Fumiko Miura, a soldier who writes a miliblog and others. The divergent pieces look war straight in the face and provide an invaluable resource for teenagers considering military service and for their parents.

“War is…” will be available for purchase at the reading.

The featured reading will be following by an open mic session for anyone eager to share his or her original short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Open mic readers have five minutes each.

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

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read, Wed 17 December 2008, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Poet, Essayist and Artist Karen Cunagin

Hosted by Cafe des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook
Enter the Cafe from the rear parking lot behind Main Street.

Supported by Fallbrook independent bookseller The Book Nook, 760-731-2665.

Karen Cunagin is a writer, telling her stories with words on paper and in cloth. In 1992 she received a BA from UC Riverside where she first began refining her word craft in poetry. Most of her good words are presently used writing patterns, but she keeps a blog and enjoys composing essays that challenge her students to take little risks that lead to important life decisions. She will read poetry and essays.

Cunagin is also an artist, teaching color and design in the fiber arts for two San Diego community colleges. The themes in her art revolve around the small world of family, the garden and spiritual work. Although most of her textile compositions are machine sewn, she spends hours hand finishing each piece with beads and sequins and vintage trim. Her work has been shown in Visions: The Art Quilt 2006, regional juried shows and international publications.

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

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read, Wed 14 January 2009, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Author Jincy Willett

Please note:5:30 to 6:00 4th through 8th graders read
6:00 to 6:45 Featured writer and Q&A Jincy Willett
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic for adults and high school students

January’s featured writer is novelist Jincy Willett, author of “The Writing Class,” “Winner of the National Book Award,” “Jenny and the Jaws of Life” and short stories published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Read more about Willett below.

Writers Read is hosted by Café des Artistes
at 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, and supported by independent bookseller, The Book Nook (760-731-2665). 
Enter the Café from the rear parking lot behind Main Street.

The featured reading will be following by an open mic session for anyone eager to share his or her original fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Open mic readers have five minutes each; if there’s adequate time, folks may have a second five minutes.

Jincy Willett’s website describes her as “An aging, bitter, unpleasant woman living in Escondido, California, who spends her days parsing the sentences of total strangers and her nights teaching and writing. Sometimes, late at night, in the dark, she laughs inappropriately.”

I can’t attest to the accuracy of the description, but it does miss some points. Willett has an uncommon gift for writing funny, for writing poignant, for cultural commentary wrapped in wit and barbed wire.

She will be reading from “The Writing Class,” published in June 2008. Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about it: Can a class of wannabe novelists solve a murder in their midst? That’s the premise of this dark comedy of the absurd from Willett, a boisterous satire of pseudointellectuals, impotent writers and the adult extension programs of public universities. The only things Amy Gallup, a once-noted California author, has published in years are blurbs of other writers’ work. Amy’s only income comes from teaching fiction writing to a motley collection of varyingly talented prepublished adults. Someone in the class is making threatening phone calls and sending extremely cruel notes to other students. When two of the students are murdered, a deep sense of danger takes hold. Yet the class goes on. Amy’s lectures actually constitute a damn fine guide to writing fiction, while Willett’s prose has sparkling moments (The line was playful, offhand, the poem itself a smug, imperious cat stretch). The tension is so strong that readers can hardly resist the temptation to peek ahead and see which student is the killer.

The Writing Class” and other books by Willett will be available at the reading for purchase.

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

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read, Wed 11 February 2009, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Slam Poet Chris Vannoy

Please note:5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Chris Vannoy, followed by Q&A
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic

chris_vannoy_smChris Vannoy is a San Diego-based poet and co-author of “Twenty Poems Against Love,” a collection of poems and photographs. He has read at events up and down the West Coast, including the Artists On The Cutting Edge, a series organized by Quincy Troupe and sponsored by University of California San Diego. Vannoy was on the first slam team from San Diego to perform at the West Cost Regional Slams in Big Sur and was on the first San Diego team to go to the national slam in Seattle, Washington. He is also a winner of the Full Moon Poetry Slam at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas. Vannoy is currently running The Drunk Poets Society readings at Winston’s in Ocean Beach, California.

Writers Read is hosted by Café des Artistes
at 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, and supported by independent bookseller, The Book Nook (760-731-2665). 
Enter the Café from the rear parking lot behind Main Street.

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

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents: Telling Women’s Tales

A Special Open Mic Reading Celebrating Women’s History Month

Wednesday 11 March 2009, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

fwranita1Café des Artistes, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Writers Read is hosted by Café des Artistes at 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, and supported by independent bookseller, the Book Nook (760-731-2665). 
Enter the Café from the rear parking lot behind Main Street.

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

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents Author and Poet Terry Hertzler

Wednesday 08 April 2009, 5:30 p.m.terryhertzler

Café des Artistes, 103 S. Main, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Terry Hertzler reading and Q&A
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Terry Hertzleris the author of The Way of the Snake, a book of poetry on the Vietnam War, Second Skin: Stories and Poems and several other books of poetry and fiction. His work has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, and his poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop, North American Review, Margie, Nimrod, and the Los Angeles Times — and his work has been produced on stage and for radio and television. He owns Caernarvon Press in San Diego, and Hertzler served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, 1969-1970.

Writers Read is hosted by Café des Artistes at 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, and supported by independent bookseller, the Book Nook (760-731-2665). 
Enter the Café from the rear parking lot behind Main Street.

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

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents Bestselling Author T. Jefferson Parker

Wednesday 13 May 2009, 5:30 p.m.

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Café des Artistes, 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 T. Jefferson Parker reads from his new novel, The Renegades, followed by a Q&A
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

tjparaker3T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of crime novels for those who love to read. His books are fast, fun, generous of character and rich with Southern California details that make locals feel right at home and nudge others to go West.

Parker has twice won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Best Novel, for Silent Joe and California Girl. His first novel, Laguna Heat, made the New York Times bestseller list in 1986 and was made into an HBO film in 1987. Four subsequent novels made the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, two of them topping the list at number one, Red Lightand Silent Joe.

Since moving to Fallbrook, locations around the county have worked their way into Parker’s novels, including Cold Pursuit, The Fallen, Storm Runners and L.A. Outlaws. Several of Parker’s books will be available at the reading for purchase and signing by the author.

Writers Read is hosted by Café des Artistes at 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, and supported by independent bookseller, the Book Nook (760-731-2665). 
Enter the Café from the rear parking lot behind Main Street.

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

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents Come Out of the Closet and Read!

Wednesday 10 June 2009, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

An All Open Mic Night

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open (enter from the rear of the building, off the parking lot), supper menu available

6:00 to 7:30 Open mic: Drag your musings, your late-night poetry, your fabulous fiction out of the closet and give yourself the gift of an audience.

In recognition of the CA Supreme Court’s recent failure to rule in favor of marriage equality, we encourage sharing work about living gay or having LGBT family members or friends in your life.

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

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

The Poetry of Marte Bröehm and R.D. Skaff

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Café des Artistes, 103 S. Main St, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Featured poets read
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Marte Bröehm is an educator, visual artist and poet. She was born and raised in Wisconsin, but after 36 years in California she is practically native. Her poems have appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Perigee, the Magee Park Poetry Anthology and the San Diego Poetry Annual.

When R.D. Skaff (better known as Duke) moved to Carlsbad in 2003, she returned to her writing roots, this time inspired by her proximity to the sea. Her more recent poems have been published in American Pen Women Winning Poetry and Haiku,Today’s Alternative News, the last three editions of The San Diego Poetry Annualand the Magee Park Poetry Anthology. Her poetry was also included in a Poets Inc. Art Summation Exhibition.

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

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Wednesday 09 September 2009, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Spoken Word Artist Brandon Cesmat

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Café des Artistes, 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Brandon Cesmat reads
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

ONTHEBUS has described Brandon Cesmat‘s book Driven into the Shade as a “Califor-noir,” the story of a So-Cal son who grows into a father, learning that some of the darkest shadows fall in the land where the sun shines brightest. Driven into the Shade received a San Diego Book Award for Best Poetry.

Cesmat has also won a San Diego Book Award for fiction, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work appears in ONTHEBUSHomestead Review, Pemmican, Red River Review, Weber: The Contemporary West and ROADSpoetry. Cesmat’s two most recent books are Light in All Directions and When Pigs Fall in Love & Other Stories.

Cesmat teaches writing and film studies at Cal State San Marcos. He also serves on the advisory board of California Poets in the Schools (CPITS), the largest artist-residency program in the United States.

As a performer, Cesmat redefines the boundaries of the “spoken word artist.” He is the poet-vocalist in the performance ensemble Drought Buoy and has received first prize in the Poetry of Music anthology (Palabra Productions). In 2008, his songs were featured in the Writers Who Play showcase in New York.

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents Poet and Musician John Amen

Wednesday 07 October 2009, 5:30 p.m.

JohnAmenNewYorkCafé des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 John Amen reading
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

John Amen is the author of a new collection of poetry, At the Threshold of Alchemy, released by Presa this year. He has two other collections of poetry, Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003) and More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005), and has released two folk-folk rock CDs, All I’ll Never Need (Cool Midget 2004) and Ridiculous Empire (2008). Amen’s poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including, Rattle, The New York Quarterly, The International Poetry Review, Gargoyle, and Blood to Remember. He founded and continues to edit the award-winning literary bimonthly, The Pedestal Magazine. Amen is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas.

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents Poet Robt O’Sullivan Schleith

Tuesday 10 November 2009, 5:30 p.m.RobtPoet

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:30 Robt O’Sullivan Schleith reading
6:30 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Robt O’Sullivan Schleith currently hosts a monthly reading through Escondido Arts Partnership at the Municipal Art Gallery downtown (www.escondidoarts.org). He hosted the Poetsperformance readings in San Diego until 2003, and is the (retired) founder of the San Diego Poetry Slam, and editor of the Joe’s Journal andDrift Wood Highway series of poetry anthologies, which ran from 1998 through 2002. His poems have appeared in print with Dan River Press, North Woods Press,Northern Virginia ReviewCity Works, the San Diego Poetry Annual and The Philosophical Library’s Paths. His poems have appeared online at Poetry SuperHighwayMap of Austin Poetry, the Muse Apprentice Guild and Sun Runner Magazine.

Robt publishes under his mother’s name, O’Sullivan, and his stepfather’s name, Schleith, to honor both of them with his writing.

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents Bestselling Author Jan Burke

Tuesday 08 December, 6:00 p.m.

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Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Jan Burke reading and book signing
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Bestselling and critically acclaimed author Jan Burke has written twelve novels and a collection of short stories. The Messenger, a supernatural thriller, is her newest BurkeMessengerCoverbook. Her novels of crime fiction, many featuring reporter Irene Kelly, include Flight, Bloodlines and Bones,which won the Edgar® for Best Novel. Her books have been on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, and have been published internationally and optioned for film and television. Her stories have won the Agatha, Macavity, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Awards. A forensic science advocate, Jan founded the nonprofit Crime Lab Project.

From the age of seven, Jan knew she wanted to write. She completed her first novel, Goodnight, Irene in the evenings after work. It was sold unagented and unsolicited to Simon & Schuster. The debut novel received a surprising boost when, during his first White House interview after taking office, President Bill Clinton said he was reading Goodnight, Irene.

Learn more about Jan at her blog, Is this thing on?

Our special thanks to Mysterious Galaxy Books for providing Jan Burke’s books for sale and signing at the reading. You can reach Mysterious Galaxy at 858-268-4747.

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents All Open Mic Night

Celebrate a New Year of Words!

Thursday 14 January 2010, 5:30 p.m.
Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

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

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

T. Jefferson Parker and his new novel Iron River

 

Thursday 11 February 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper seating is sold out, but ample seating for those not dining is available on a first-come, first-served basis
6:00 to 7:30 T. Jefferson Parker reading, Q&A and book signing

In T. Jefferson Parker’s new novel, Iron River, detective Charlie Hood is running the California-Mexico border with the ATF, searching for the iron river — the massive and illegal flow of handguns and automatic weapons that fuels the bloody cartel wars south of the border. Gunrunners by nature aren’t exactly ethical, but the lengths they’ll go to, and the innocent lives they’ll risk, are shocking even to Hood. Most shocking of all is the close personal connection Hood finds wrapped up in events south of the border — a connection that shakes him to his core!

Parker immerses Hood in the very real, dangerous and lawless place along the U.S.-Mexican border, giving us a window into the current problems law enforcement from San Diego to Corpus Christi face everyday.

Join Parker and his Southern California fans for an evening of reading and discussion with the author. Iron River will be available for purchase and signing.

Our special thanks to Mysterious Galaxy Books for providing T. Jefferson Parker’s books for sale and signing at the reading.

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents Author Terry Spohn

Thursday 11 March 2010, 5:30 p.m.

 

Café des Artistes

 

103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available

6:00 to 7:30 Terry Spohn reading, followed by open mic

Terry Spohn has an MFA from the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa and lives with his wife, Dionne, in Escondido. His short fiction, prose poems, and poetry have appeared in Ascent, Grub Street, Mississippi Review, North American Review, Oyster Boy Quarterly, Eclectica, and other magazines, and his poems have appeared in three anthologies.

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Calling All Closet Writers:

Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents All Open Mic Night

Come Out of the Closet and Read!

Thursday 08 April 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 7:30 Open mic – in or out of the closet, share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Comic Fiction Author Dan McClenaghan

Thursday 13 May 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Dan McClenaghan reading and Q&A
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share  your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Dan McClenaghan is an award-winning fiction author, with the gift for making his readers laugh and wince — and enjoy every second of both. Dan’s short stories have been published by Pearl, Wormwood Review, The Bridge, New York Quarterly, Tidepools and Turbula.

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Author Lew Decker

Thursday 10 June 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Lew Decker reading and Q&A
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share  your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Lew Decker is a veteran, a blue water sailor (he worked in the Caribbean charter trade), a world traveler, a retired educator (he taught for sixteen years at the middle school level in Escondido) and author of Fingerprints… a coffeehouse reader, a collection of autobiographical essays. Lew’s writing is evocative and generous, as it shares his visions of far-flung lands and seas — and the wisdom he has gleaned from them. He has written for Cruising World, Latitudes & Attitudes and CQ. Lew is working on his first novel, Alligator Food.

Fingerprints will be available for sale and signing by the author.

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Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Poet Mai Lon Gittelsohn

Thursday 08 July 2010

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Mai Lon Gittelsohn reading and Q&A
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

A fifth Chinese daughter, Mai Lon Gittelsohn is also a poet and writing teacher. She lives in Del Mar where she leads classes of seniors in memoir writing. An elementary school teacher in Del Mar for twenty-three years, she now enjoys writing in Harry Griswold’s poetry workshop and singing with Villa Musica. Her poems have appeared in the Paterson Literary Review and in the San Diego Poetry Annual.

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Thursday 09 September 2010, Fallbrook’s Writers Read presents

Home from Dubai:

Nicholas Karavatos Reading & Book Signing

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Nicholas Karavatos reading, Q&A and book signing
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Performance poet Nicholas Karavatos, a graduate of Humboldt State University, now lives in Dubai and teaches literature and creative writing at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. His collection of poetry, No Asylum, was published in December by Amendment Nine.

Click here to listen to Nick’s book launch performance.

Beat poet David Meltzer wrote of No Asylum, “Nicholas Karavatos is a poet of great range and clarity. This book is an amazing collectanea of smart sharp political poetry in tandem with astute and tender love lyrics. All of it voiced with an impressive singularity.”

Karavatos’ poetry has been published in many books and journals, including After the Fallen, Big Bridge: The War Papers, Blackbox – A Record of the Crash, Certain Stones, Cherry Bleeds, Country Activist, debt, Earth First! Radical Environmental Journal, EcoNews, Edge City Magazine, Hamilton Stone Review, Juke Jar, Log, Minotaur, Mirage Periodical, Numinous, Paisley Moon, PoetsWest Online, Portland Review, Prophetic Voices, Prosodia, Punk Rock Saved My Life, Red Fez, San Fernando Poetry Journal, Steelhead Special, Thieves Jargon, Tight, Travelling Poet, Todd Point Review, Toyon, Unlikely Stories, West Wind Review, What the Hell and With+Stand.

Rapunzel Akbar

Long hair hip hop Kabul reports
Jail for lewdly selling ice cream to girls

Homeland Security is a comic book serial
Not yet a graphic novel based on a screenplay

The top of the hour is the bottom of the barrel on this Fourth of July
The news is on repeat and I feel like a fool

Minimum wages are rising across
Car bombs are multiplying across

Gas lines in the Levant
She mouthlessly pleads for fuel

The whole planet watches Jerry Springer and Maury Povich
On satellite TV and sympathizes with the Taliban

“Holiday in Cambodia” is or is not a gap-fill
Sing-along around the barrel-fire folk song

— Nicholas Karavatos

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Thursday 14 October 2010, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Author Michelle Latiolais

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Michelle Latiolais reading and Q&A
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Michelle Latiolais, an English professor at UC Irvine’s Programs in Writing, is the author of the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her second novel, A Proper Knowledge was published in 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press. Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones, said of the book, “In prose shimmering with intelligence and compassion, Michelle Latiolais dissects the essentials of everyday life to find the heartbeat within. A Proper Knowledge reveals an author with that rare eye which is at once both clinical and poetic.”

Latiolais has been  writing in three anthologies, Absolute Disaster, Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof! Writers on Dogs. Her stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities ReviewSanta Monica Review and, most recently, the Iowa Review and the Northwest Review. Latiolais’ newest book, Widow, a collection of stories, involutions and essays, is forthcoming from Bellevue Literary Press in January 2011.

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Thursday 11 November 2010, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Author Jon Wesick

 

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 John Wesick reading, Q&A and book signing
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Jon Wesick writes fiction and poetry. His chapbook, My Father’s Ashes, was a runner up in the San Diego Book Awards, and his poems have appeared in American Tanka, Limestone Circle, Slipstream, The TMP Irregular, Vol. No. Magazine and other journals. Jon’s poetry chapbook The Nude in the Freezer and his novel The Speed of Regret will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Jon hosts the Gelato Poetry Series, a San Diego reading. He has a Ph.D. in physics, and has worked in medicine, software and communications. He is a long time student of Buddhism and the martial arts.

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January 9 through 14, 2011

AUTHORS SPEAK! A Fallbrook Library Celebration

Fallbrook’s new county library is scheduled to open January 22, but the innovative project is already attracting booklovers — and writers. Six award-winning authors will celebrate in the days leading up to the grand opening with a series of presentations, AUTHORS SPEAK! A FALLBROOK LIBRARY CELEBRATION. The public is invited to the free series, which runs from January 9 through 14 in the Café des Artistes at Fallbrook Art Center.

A collaboration between the Friends of the Fallbrook Library and Fallbrook’s Writers Read, AUTHORS SPEAK! features authors with roots of one sort or another in the local area. They will talk about writing, take questions from the audience, and read from their books, which will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.

Kicking off the series, bestselling crime novelist T. Jefferson Parker will read Sunday, January 9 at 6 p.m. A Fallbrook resident, Parker has used Fallbrook and San Diego County settings in several of his 18 books, two of which have won Edgar Awards for Best Novel. The newest in his popular Charlie Hood series, The Border Lords, will be released the week of the author series.

Parker will be followed by Laura McNeal on Monday, January 10 at 7 p.m. McNeal is an award-winning author of young adult fiction and a National Book Award finalist for her most recent novel, Dark Water, a haunting coming-of-age story set in Fallbrook during the 2007 wildfires.

On Tuesday, January 11, at 7 p.m., award-winning journalist and San Diego-based author Sue Diaz will speak about her book, Minefields of the Heart: A Mother’s Stories of a Son at War, a collection of tender and sorrowful tales of Diaz’ son’s two deployments to the Iraq War and their effects on him and his family.

On Wednesday, January 12, at 7 p.m., Debra Ginsberg, novelist and memoirist, and her son Blaze Ginsberg, also a memoirist, will talk about their writing and autism activism. Debra’s new novel, The Neighbors Are Watching, is set in the 2007 wildfires. Blaze will read from his memoir Episodes: My Life as I See It.

The Thursday, January 13 event is a luncheon sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fallbrook, featuring a presentation by bestselling novelist Ann Patchett, whose family lives in Fallbrook. The event will be at the Grand Tradition, and lunch is $20. Advance reservations are required. Contact Doug Clements at 760-728-8577 or chertiq@yahoo.com.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout, a writing professor at the University of California San Diego, will conclude the AUTHORS SPEAK! series on Friday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at the Café des Artistes. She will read from her 2010 winning collection Versed and her new collection to be released by Wesleyan University Press in December, Money Shot.

The Café des Artistes and Fallbrook Art Center are at 103 S. Main Street in Fallbrook. Entrance to the Café is from the rear parking lot off Alvarado at Main. Seating at the Café events is on a first come, first serve basis.

Special thanks to Mysterious Galaxy bookstore, in San Diego, for providing books for the series.

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March 9, 2011, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

 

Readings by the Writers of Coyotes Howl in Fallbrook

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Coyotes Howling
6:45 to 7:30 More Coyotes and open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

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April 13, 2011 Celebrate National Poetry Month

at the Fallbrook’s Writers Read Poetry Stomp!

 

Featuring:

Brandon Cesmat

Daniel Charles Thomas             (aka Tijuana Gringo)

Michael Cheno Wickert

Minerva

Drummers

and who knows who else…

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 Let the Poetry Stomp begin!

Brandon Cesmat, a writing and film studies professor at Cal State San Marcos and an award-winning poet and fiction author, has organized the Poetry Stomp. He’s gathered a passel of stellar performance poets to ring in a new year of poetry — accompanied by a drumming ensemble.

Poets scheduled to perform at the stomp include Daniel Charles Thomas, Cesmat, Michael Cheno Wickert and Minerva. What is a fabulous treat for Fallbrook!

The featured poets’ reading will be followed by open mic.

The Café is offering a special supper menu for the reading — reservations are recommended. To make your reservation, call the Café: 760-728-3350.

Seating for those who do not choose to dine will be readily available. Entrance to the Café is from the rear parking lot behind the Fallbrook Art Center. The Café opens at 5:30, and the reading begins at 6 p.m.

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May 11, 2011, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Warrior Word Play
an evening of poetic indulgence served by the students of Fallbrook High School

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available

6:00: Readings by Poetry and Composition students from Fallbrook High

The students of teacher Pam Munro’s Advanced Senior Poetry and Composition classes will be reading their original works. As Ms. Munro said, “The students are excited by the prospect of sharing their creative writing and showing the community that students are talented, respectful, brilliant — and extremely good looking!”

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

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June 8, 2011, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Award-winning Author Laurel Corona


Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others
6:45 to 7:30 Laurel Corona reading, Q&A and book signing

 

Award-winning historical fiction author Laurel Corona will be reading from her third novel, Finding Emilie. Corona is a professor of English and Humanities at San Diego City College. She has a penchant for research and a gift for storytelling that turns history into compelling fiction. Set in the French Enlightenment period, Finding Emilie tells the story of the intriguing mathematician and physicist, Emilie du Châtelet, and her daughter Lily. Corona is also the author of The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi’s Venice and Penelope’s Daughter, the story of the Odyssey retold from a woman’s perspective.

Corona’s books will be available for sale and signing.

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

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Wednesday, July 13, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Author Michelle Latiolais

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 to 6:45 Michelle Latiolais reading and Q&A
6:45 to 7:30 Open mic – share your original poetry or prose or relax and listen to others

Michelle Latiolais, an English professor at UC Irvine’s Programs in Writing, will be reading from her new book, Widow: Stories, a collection of stories, involutions and essays published by Bellevue Literary Press in January.

Named a New York Times Editor’s Choice, the Times described Widow as “Bracing, exposed, ruthlessly mercurial . . . If part of the book’s beauty resides in its language, both its precision and its sheer, wild exaltation, another part—the greater part—resides in its insistence on shunning prettiness, etiquette, niceness, guile. . . . Somehow Latiolais brings [her] briefest of tales to an ending that made me cry. The book is absurdly sexy, too, in the way that truth can be sexy, and marks of ravage can stir us, and sweaty labors awaken appetite. The writing thrums with aggression and a lush, rooted sensuality . . . the rewards here are enormous.”

 

Latiolais is also the author of the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her second novel, A Proper Knowledge was published in 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press. Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones, said of the book, “In prose shimmering with intelligence and compassion, Michelle Latiolais dissects the essentials of everyday life to find the heartbeat within. A Proper Knowledge reveals an author with that rare eye which is at once both clinical and poetic.”

Latiolais has contributed to three anthologies, Absolute Disaster, Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof! Writers on Dogs. Her stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities ReviewSanta Monica Review and, most recently, the Iowa Review and the Northwest Review.

For more information, contact Kit-Bacon at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.
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August 10, 2011, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

2011 San Diego Poetry Annual Launch Reading

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 The Poets of the 2011 San Diego Poetry Annual, followed by open mic

Now in its fifth year of publication, the 2010-2011 San Diego Poetry Annual features the work of English and Spanish language poets from throughout San Diego County, including 235 poems by 154 poets, including featured poet Steve Kowit and Marge Piercy.

Published by author Bill Harding, the 2010-2011 Annual was edited by Brandon Cesmat, Olga Garcia, Edith Jonsson-Devillers, Seretta Martin, Robt O’Sullivan Schleith, Terrence Spohn, Megan Webster and Jon Wesick.

The Annual is now part of the permanent collections of every college and university library in San Diego County, the San Diego City and County library systems, and the libraries of independent cities from Oceanside to Chula Vista, El Cajon to Escondido.

Copies of the Annual will be available for sale and signing by the poets reading on the 10th. Come celebrate the region’s talent with us!

For more information, contact Kit-Bacon at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.
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September 14, 2011, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Tom McNeal, author of To Be Sung Underwater


Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 Open mic
6:30 Tom McNeal reading, Q&A and book signing

Tom McNeal, a San Diego County-based author, set his first adult novel Goodnight, Nebraska, in the town where he spent summers as a child. Then, with his wife Laura McNeal, he wrote four acclaimed young adult novels: Crooked, Zipped, Crushed and The Decoding of Lana Morris.

To Be Sung Underwater, a love story unlike any other, was released in June, and it was swiftly recognized by authors, readers and the publishing industry as an important work by a gifted writer. Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, wrote of the novel, “You don’t so much read To Be Sung Underwater as you’re consumed by it. The characters are unforgettable. The writing is staggering. More importantly, though, it’s the courage of this book that sets it apart. It’s the bravest, most beautiful book I’ve read in a long time.”

McNeal has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his short stories have been widely anthologized.

Join us for McNeal’s reading, Q&A with the audience, and book signing. To Be Sung Underwater will be available for purchase at the reading.

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

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October 12, 2011, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

A Galaxy of Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Other Literary Oddities


Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA

5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 Let the reading begin

Writers, ho!

Bring your most out-of-this-world work to our special themed all-open-mic night on October 12.

If you’ve never dabbled in fantasy, sci-fi, horror, fairy tales or just plain weird writing, now is your opportunity to try your hand; if you have, bring it on — short fiction, poetry, short creative nonfiction, whatever gets your fantastic juices flowing!

For those who like to play to the audience, costumes would not be out of order.

The reading will be held in conjunction with the Fallbrook Art Center’s 14th annual Galaxy of Glass exhibit, which will be open during the reading, so plan to take a peek.

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November 9, 2011, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

A Literary Salute to Veterans
featuring authors Sue Diaz and Cmdr. Sheri Snively

 

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA
5:30 Doors open, supper menu available
6:00 Reading begins

In honor of our local veterans, San Diego-based writers Sue Diaz, author of Minefields of the Heart, and retired Navy Quaker Chaplin Cmdr. Sheri Snively, author of Heaven in the Midst of Hell, will read from their books, discuss their careers, and take questions from the audience.

Diaz, an award-winning journalist, will read from Minefields of the Heart: A Mother’s Stories of a Son at War. The book — a tender collection of wartime essays, a mother and son memoir, a letter full of love and compassion — is the result of Diaz’s unexpected march to war when her gentle son, Roman, enlisted in the Army in 2002 and was subsequently deployed to Iraq twice.

Snively’s book, Heaven in the Midst of Hell, was recognized with a forward by U.S. Marine General James N. Mattis, and Publisher’s Weekly wrote this about it: “Both text and photos convey the everyday details of life and death in the war zone: a menorah made of Coke cans, beanie babies piled on the bed of an Iraqi patient, smiling soldiers. Snively doesn’t offer a big-picture overview, but heaven and hell are in these personal details. From the perspective of a medical chaplain, the two sides are ‘life’ and ‘death’ rather than ‘us’ and ‘them.’”

The authors books will be available for sale and signing.

The featured authors will be preceded by open mic for poetry and prose.

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January 11, 2012, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

 

T. Jefferson Parker

and his new thriller The Jaguar

 

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA
5:30 Doors open, supper menu available (call for reservations, 760-728-3350)
6:00 – 7:30 Reading, Q&A and book signing

 

From www.tjeffersonparker.com:

T. Jefferson Parker delivers a crime thriller that redefines the landscape of the cartel wars as an epic clash of good and evil!

Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to a crooked Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, is kidnapped by Benjamin Armenta, the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands turn out to be as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept. She is ordered to compose a unique narcocorrido, a folk ballad that records the exploits of the drug dealers, gunrunners, and outlaws who have populated Mexican history for generations. Under threat of death, Armenta orders Erin to tell his life story—in music—and write “the greatest narcocorrido of all time.”

As the mesmerizing music and lyrics of Erin’s song cascade from the jungle hideout, they serve as a siren song to the two men who love Erin: her outlaw husband, Bradley Jones, and the lawman Charlie Hood—who together have the power to rescue her. Here, amid the ancient beauty of the Yucatecan lowland, the long-simmering rivalry between these men will be brought closer to its explosive finale.

For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com.

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March 14, 2012, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

The Path to Publication

 

Café des Artistes
103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA
5:30 Doors open, supper menu available (call for reservations, 760-728-3350)
6:00 – 7:30 Open mic reading, followed by panel discussion

Our panelists, all Fallbrook-area authors, will share their stories about the various paths they’ve each traveled to the publication of their work. Their books will be available for sale and signing (cash and checks only). Panelists include:

Kate Harding, of Rainbow. A Pushcart Prize nominee in both fiction and poetry, Kate’s work has appeared in numerous print journals and online at Perigee, Contemporary World Literature, Contemporary World Poetry and Literary Mama. She co-authored the chapbook Maiden, Mother, Crone, a collection of poetry. She was a fellow at the American Film Institute, and PBS produced and aired her movie A Berkeley Christmas. Kate’s chapbook What Women Do was a finalist in the Earth’s Daughters chapbook competition. Her poetry collection Santa Monica Disposal and Salvage will be published later this year. She also uses the pen name Penny Perry.

Robert Hayward, author of The Thirteenth Step, is the grandson of a Ho-Chunk Winnebago Indian from Wisconsin, who was a victim of the government boarding school program and the blood dilution projects. Robert studied at Laguna College of Art and Design and, in 1999, he was commissioned to create a monument to memorialize a Native American firefighter who lost his life protecting the La Jolla Indian Reservation in the 1999 Palomar Mountain Fire. The Thirteenth Step, published in 2011, is about addiction recovery and Native spirituality.

Jenny Hilborne is a native of Britain and now a Fallbrook resident. She writes mystery novels and fancies herself a “bit of an amateur sleuth.” She began writing her first novel in 2007, inspired by the competitive real estate world in which she works. Madness and Murder was published by Echelon Press in 2010, and her second mystery, No Alibi, was released by Echelon in 2011. She is currently working on a mystery set in Oxford, England, near the home of her youth.

The panel discussion will be preceded by an open-mic reading of original poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction.

For those who would like to dine during the reading, the Café offers a special bistro supper menu. Call Café des Artistes at 760-728-3350 to reserve a table. Plentiful seating for those not dining is also available. The Café entrance is in the rear of the Art Center, off Alvarado Street.

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

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April 11, 2012, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

 

Celebrate Poetry! Featuring Kate Harding

 

Café des Artistes 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, CA
5:30 Doors open, supper menu available (call for reservations, 760-728-3350)
6:00 – 7:30 Open mic reading, followed by Kate Harding reading and book launch

This month’s reading is a celebration of National Poetry Month — and the launch of Kate Harding’s new collection Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage.

Harding, of Rainbow, is a Pushcart Prize nominee in both fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous print journals and online at Perigee, Contemporary World Literature, Contemporary World Poetry and Literary Mama. She co-authored the chapbook Maiden, Mother, Crone, a collection of poetry. She was a fellow at the American Film Institute, and PBS produced and aired her movie A Berkeley Christmas. Her chapbook What Women Do was a finalist in the Earth’s Daughters chapbook competition. She also uses the pen name Penny Perry, under which her new collection has been published.

Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage will be available for sale and signing.

For the open mic segment, bring a favorite poem to share — your own or someone else’s.

For those who would like to dine during the reading, the Café offers a special bistro supper menu. Call Café des Artistes at 760-728-3350 to reserve a table. Plentiful seating for those not dining is also available. The Café entrance is in the rear of the Art Center, off Alvarado Street.

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

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May 7, 2012, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents


An Evening with Ann Patchett

To benefit the Friends of the Fallbrook Library and Fallbrook Arts Inc.


Date 
Monday, May 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location Fallbrook Art Center, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
Tickets $30 per person (includes a glass of wine and appetizers)
Details Reservations required, call 760-731-9584, leave your name and the number in your party
Payment Pay at the door with cash or checks (no credit cards)

State of Wonder will be available for sale and signing.

New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett will discuss her latest novel, State of Wonder, in the beautiful Fallbrook Art Center.

Publishers Weekly said of State of Wonder, “Patchett is a master storyteller who has an entertaining habit of dropping ordinary people into extraordinary and exotic circumstances to see what they’re made of. An expansive page-turner … Patchett’s fluid prose dissolves in the suspense of this out-there adventure, a juggernaut of a trip to the crossroads of science, ethics, and commerce that readers will hate to see end.” State of Wonder will be available for sale and signing.

Patchett is the author of five other novels: the New York Times bestselling Run; The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; The Magician’s Assistant; and Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Patchett is also the author of two works of nonfiction: the New York Times bestselling Truth & Beauty and What Now? Patchett has written for many publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

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

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June 13, 2012, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Poet Jane Mushinsky

preceded by open mic


DateWednesday, June 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

A native of Connecticut, Jane Mushinsky holds a BA in literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MA (also in literature) from the University of Virginia. She is a tenured professor at MiraCosta College; has taught literature, writing, research, and critical thinking for more than 20 years, and she is co-editor of the college’s acclaimed literary journal, Tidepools.

Jane is a member of the Community College Humanities Association, the Skeptic’s Society, the Hotei Ji Zen Center of Vista, and the Shakespeare Oxford Society. She is both pessimistic and lazy about getting published, but has contributed poetry to the San Diego Poetry Annual, the California Poetry Society, and the journal of Yale Medical School.

Please join us June 13 to meet Jane Mushinsky and share you own writing during open mic.

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

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August 8, 2012, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Summertime Stomp

Bring your original poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction


Date
Wednesday, August 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
enter in the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

All open mic night — rise up singing!

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

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July 11, 2012, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents


San Diego Poetry Annual Celebration

Featuring Stephen McDonald

followed by open mic

DateWednesday, July 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

Stephen McDonald is Professor Emeritus of English at Palomar College, where he also served as Dean of Languages and Literature. His poems have appeared in RATTLE, The Crab Creek Review, Spillway, Blue Unicorn, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Passager, Pinyon, The Cresset, and other journals. He was a finalist in the 2008 Sow’s Ear Poetry Awards, received Honorable Mention in the 2006 Passager poetry competition, and was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Dana Awards and in the 2007 Finishing Line Press chapbook competition. In 2010 his work appeared in Best New Poets 2010. His chapbook Where There Was No Pattern was published by Finishing Line Press in 2007, and his book House of Mirrors will be published by Tebot Bach Press in 2012.

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

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September 12, 2012, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

The Veterans Writing Group

Preceded by open mic

The Veterans Writing Group comprises vets from all conflicts, current through WWII.

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

Veterans who will read include:

Glen Foss served as a junior officer in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict, with duty in the Western Pacific. For most of his professional career, he was a seagoing Operations Superintendent for the international Deep Sea Drilling Project and Ocean Drilling Program. He holds degrees in geology, and after retiring from Texas A&M University, he taught oceanography and geology at Palomar and MiraCosta Colleges. Glen is retired and lives with his wife in Escondido.

Ron Pickett flew airplanes for the U.S. Navy for 26 years, retiring as a captain. Currently he is a consultant and writer whose management and leadership articles are frequently published in a variety of journals and trade magazines. He says he is trying to learn to tell lies—make that write fiction.

Terry Severhill served in Vietnam with the US Marine Corps. Terry is regularly reads his poetry at Fallbrook’s Writers Read.

Michael Wood is the media production manager and administrative officer for the Veterans Writing Group of San Diego County. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1995 and served in Iraq. During his 12 years of active duty and 5 years of reserve duty, Michael was awarded for his leadership and for the successful programs he created. Due to combat injuries, Michael is currently continuing his education and improving his own process of storytelling while producing short videos to better assist other veterans. Some of his videos can be found at th veteranswritinggroup.org.

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

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October 10, 2012, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Performance Poets Karla Cordero and Trixie Gonzalez

Preceded by open mic

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

After spending 18 years of her life in a hot little border town called Calexico, California, Karla Cordero moved to San Marcos in search of opportunity. She studied at Cal State San Marcos, served as the event coordinator for the campus Creative Writing Community and Workshop, and graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Literature and Writing. Her poetry has been published in The Palm MagazineOh Cat, and in several chapbooks, and she has written for Depict Art Magazine. She has organized social justice-themed readings, and is currently writing toward an MFA in Creative Writing at San Diego State. She performs as a spoken word poet throughout San Diego County, sharing humorous yet evocative metaphors for feminism, violence against women, and her experiences as an Hispanic woman.

Karla writes, “Eve Ensler is my hero!”

Trixie Gonzalez has been published in Depict Art magazine, several chapbooks, and a literary magazine at Cal State San Marcos, where she graduated with a degree in Literature and Writing Studies with an emphasis on writing. Her areas of interest are race, class, and women’s equality. Trixie also participates in various open mic poetry events throughout San Diego County. Trixie has volunteered for various afterschool programs teaching students about the importance of reading and writing. Born in Los Angeles, California, she now resides in San Diego County where she continues writing and teaching others about the significance of it. Trixie recently completed her first short screenplay, and she plans to continue her education next year. But for now, she reads, writes, and does research.

She writes, “Life offered me a limited amount of time so why not WRITE, I might not be able to shape the world but I can try.”

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November 14, 2012, Fallbrook’s Writers Read Presents

Caitlin Rother, author of Lost Girls

Preceded by open mic

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook
enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother, of San Diego, will read and sign her controversial true crime thriller Lost GirlsLost Girls describes the desperate search for two San Diego County lost innocents, Chelsea King and Amber Dubois. The search ultimately led authorities to a brutal predator hiding in plain sight — John Albert Gardner, a convicted sex offender. Rother delivers an incisive and heartbreaking true-life thriller about a case that galvanized the community, first by grief and goodwill, then by anger and injustice. And she considers the ways the case will forever change how we keep our children safe.

Lost Girls and several of Caitlin’s other books will be available for sale and signing by the author.

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