Brown Bag Book Club -- The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen
Nov
1
1:00am 1:00am

Brown Bag Book Club -- The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen

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The Brown Bag Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 1 P.M.

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a "man of two minds", a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam.

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Adults Who Read YA Book Club THIS ONE SUMMER by Mariko Tamaki
Nov
10
10:30am10:30am

Adults Who Read YA Book Club THIS ONE SUMMER by Mariko Tamaki

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The Adults Who Read YA Book Club meets the second Friday of every month at 10:30 A.M.

The Adults Who Read YA Book Club meets to discuss any and all genres of young adult literature. Characters, themes, symbols, and the intersection of fiction and real life are all up for lively discussion. A bonus ingredient is the critical perspective of several writers in the group. Anyone interested in joining can email:

Mary (mary.malhotra@gmail.com) or Ozma (ozriley3@gmail.com), or simply attend a meeting.

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Brown Bag Book Club, News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Oct
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

Brown Bag Book Club, News of the World by Paulette Jiles

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The Brown Bag Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 1 P.M.

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, and trust.

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Jody Dreyer, Beyond the Castle-Discovering Happily Ever After (non-fiction)
Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jody Dreyer, Beyond the Castle-Discovering Happily Ever After (non-fiction)

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Beyond the Castle provides entertaining and enlightening stories fro a Disney insider's three-decade career. This look behind the castle doors offers playful and practical principals that will guide readers on the path to their own "happily ever after."

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Angle of Reflection, Poetry Anthology, reading moderated by Jeanette Clough
Sep
17
4:00pm 4:00pm

Angle of Reflection, Poetry Anthology, reading moderated by Jeanette Clough

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This anthology covers tremendous territory: nature, ecology, politics, identity, the philosophical relationship to place and landscape, and at the most impeccably timed moments, an appropriate whimsy and levity. A unique amalgamation of poets, this is a thoughtful intervention in an ongoing aesthetic heritage yet one that looks forward to new possibilities.

--Chris Abani, author of Sanctificum and Hands Washing Water

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Brown Bag Book Club, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Sep
6
1:00pm 1:00pm

Brown Bag Book Club, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

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The Brown Bag Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 1 P.M.

#1 New York Times bestseller, named by the Times as one of the "6 books to help understand Trump's win" and soon to be a major motion-picture directed by Ron Howard.

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Moonday Poetry, Deborah Kolodji & Richard Jarrette
Aug
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

Moonday Poetry, Deborah Kolodji & Richard Jarrette

Moonday Poetry readings are featured five times a year on Sundays at 4 P.M.

Richard Jarrette is the author of Beso the Donkey (Michigan State University Press, 2010) -- Gold Medal Poetry Midwest Independent Publishers Association 2011, Chinese translation by Yun Wang forthcoming; A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances (Green Writers Press, 2015); The Pond (Green Writers Press, Oct. 2017) -- Chapter V of Nectar Dances with paintings by Susan Solomon; The Beatitudes of Ekaterina (Green Writers Press, Oct. 2017). His books have been endorsed by W.S. Merwin, Jane Hirshfield, Joseph Stroud, Sam Hamill, David Ferry and used as texts for Influence of Buddhism on Contemporary Literature in MFA courses. He has three self-cleaning adult children and four grandchildren and lives part-time with some of them on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains.

Deborah P. Kolodji is the California Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America and moderates the Southern California Haiku Study Group. As former president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, she created the Dwarf Stars Anthology, which honors the best short speculative poetry, 1-10 lines long, from the previous years. Debbie has published over 900 haiku and 4 chapbooks of poetry. Her first full-length book of haiku and senryu, highway of sleeping towns, is available from Shabda Press and was awarded a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award as well as an Honorable Mention in the Haiku Society of America Merit Books Awards. She has also published short stories in Thema and Tales of the Talisman, and a short memoir in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul.

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Rattle Poetry presents Ron Riekki and Leah Tieger
Aug
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Rattle Poetry presents Ron Riekki and Leah Tieger

Rattle Poetry readings are featured the second Sunday of every month at 5 PM.

Ron Riekki is author of the novel U.P. (Grat Michigan Read nominated) and editor of The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book), Here: Women Writing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017. He has more books upcoming with Michigan State University Pretss and McFarland. His poem "I Had a Librarian Tell Me ..." appears in the summer 2017 issue of Rattle.

Leah Tieger is a graduate of Bennington College, a freelance writer, and a fiction and poetry reader for The Boiler. She is author of a chapbook, We and She, You and Then, You Again. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Thank You for Swallowing, Menacing Hedge, and Off the Coast, and her poem "Electorate" appeared in Rattle's Poets Respond series in March 2016. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

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The Adults Who Read YA Book Club, What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
Aug
3
10:30am10:30am

The Adults Who Read YA Book Club, What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

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The Adults Who Read YA Book Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 10:30 A.M.

The story of a town worn apart by the events surrounding the rape of a drunk girl at a house party, from the perspective of the partygoers who witnessed it.

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Author Appearance with Bonnie Schroeder, Write My Name on the Sky (fiction)
Jul
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Author Appearance with Bonnie Schroeder, Write My Name on the Sky (fiction)

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In 1968, Kate Prescott thinks she's found her soul mate in art student Jack Morrison, a man who understands her vague yearning to do something important with her life. Jack's own ambitions are razor-sharp: become a famous artist. They marry, and, as Jack Morrison's wife, Kate falls under the spell of the art world and helps Jack realize his dream. However, social change is afoot in the business world where Kate earns a living, and as she progresses up the corporate ladder, her priorities clash with Jack's. The consequences force Kate to confront the possibility of a life where she's no longer Jack Morrison's wife, and to face the deeper challenge of who she might truly be.

Bonnie Schroeder has been a storyteller since the fifth grade, when her teacher suggested she put her vivid imagination to work as a writer. She took the advice to heart and has pursued the craft of fiction ever since. In addition to her women's fiction novels, she is the author of numerous short stories, screenplays, and nonfiction articles. She lives in Glendale, California.

Visit her website at www.bonnieschroederbooks.com

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Special Storytime with guest author Diane Mautner, Prisoner #147
Jul
15
10:30am10:30am

Special Storytime with guest author Diane Mautner, Prisoner #147

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Storytime is held every Saturday morning at 10:30 AM in our children section for ages 2+.

Prisoner 147 is a picture book about a mischievous raccoon's antics around his neighborhood. "Here I am, a raccoon in a dark cell, arrested for stealing food. How did I getcaught? When will I be released? Where will I go? HELP!"

Diane S. Mautner is the author of two other books - Draw Me a Story and Word Flips: Spanish. She has also written workbooks for the Cartoon Network and curriculum for Disney English. She lives in Oxnard, CA, with her husband Ray, and her mischievous beagle, Max. Illustrator Nazar Horokhivskyi lives in Ukraine. He hopes his work brings siles to children everywhere.

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Rattle Poetry presents Katherine Lo & Aaron Poochigan
Jul
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

Rattle Poetry presents Katherine Lo & Aaron Poochigan

Rattle Poetry readings are featured the second Sunday of every month at 5pm.

Katherine Lo is a teacher, traveler, over-analyzer, and author of The Cellar (Lanterna Press, 2014). Her poem "The Headline Reads Processed Meat Causes Cancer, says WHO" appeared in Rattle's Poets Respond series in November 2015, and her poetry has been featured or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, CALYX, and The Timberline Review. She live in Anaheim, California.

Aaron Poochigan earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. He is author of two books of translations: Sappho's Stung With Love and Apollonius' Jason and the Argonauts. His first book of original poetry, The Cosmic Purr won the 2016 Able Muse Poetry Prize, his second book Mangattanite will be out in the Fall of 2017. His thriller in verse, Mr. Either/Or, will be released by Etruscan Press in Fall of 2017. His poem "Divertimento" appears in Rattle's Summer 2017 issue. He lives in Fresno, California.

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Book Publishing Workshop with editor Laurie Gibson
Jul
8
to Jul 9

Book Publishing Workshop with editor Laurie Gibson

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Two Sessions: Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2:00-3:30 PM

$25 for one session: $45 for both (Pre-registration is required)


July 8: Session One - BOOK PUBLISHING

  • Insider tips on connecting with literary agents and editors
  • Book promotion ideas for new and self-published authors
  • Stories and writing prompts to stir fresh thinking
  • "Editor's Tips on Craft" segment featuring practical advice to improve writing
  • Four-page handout with publishing industry resources
  • Overview of the journey from self-published to traditionally published author
  • General advice about book contracts

July 9: Session Two - AUTHORS AND EDITORS: Holding Hands or Butting Heads?

  • Types of editing described, including the importance of each
  • Discussion of the author-editor dynamic
  • Myths and stereotypes debunked
  • "Best Practices" for selecting and editor
  • Bloopers for comic relief, followed by tips and tricks to help authors avoid these mistakes
  • Professional edit of five manuscript pages

    La Cañada Flintridge native Laurie Gibson is a graduate of La Cañada High School, Pasadena City College, and California State University, Northridge. She has edited/proofread hundreds of books, including recent editions of classic novels such as The Color Purple and Mrs. Dalloway, as well as the writing of musician Jimmy Buffett and success guru Brian Tracy. Her current clients include publishers such as Stanford University and Patagonia Books, as well as New York Times bestselling novelists. Laurie also taught editing for the Extension programs at University of California, San Diego and Los Angeles.

 

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