Writers on Writing is a literary salon, where published authors will read from their books, talk about their creative process, and answer questions. A new author is featured each week. After the Q&A, authors offer a writing exercise based on their book, with time to share writing at the end of the session. If you've ever read a book and wanted to speak with the author, this class is for you. Here’s the 2020 line-up:
Oct. 12: Elinor Gale, author of The Emancipation of Emily Rosenbloom – 50 something’s Bridget Jones Diary. Masterfully written in the archetype of the female antihero, this debut novel unfolds with a wicked sense of humor. The story is populated with unforgettable characters —
Dr. Rothman, the invisible psychiatrist; Emily’s intuitive and exasperating mother in Florida; and Raspberry, the wonder dog. Highly recommended when you want to forget about the world and just laugh.
Oct. 19: Ellery Akers, author of Swerve: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Resistance. Johanna Ely, author of Postcards from a Dream.
In Swerve, Akers celebrates the wild while facing climate change, extinction, and loss. These poems confront us with the many threats to our world. The poems in Swerve give voice to the shock, fear, and desperation many feel about the current administration's anti environmental policies. They meditate on the beauty of the non human world. They champion women in the #MeToo movement who are empowering themselves and making vital changes.
Johanna Ely is a language artist who travels through dappled sunlight and bleak shadows to bare her gifted essence. These short poems in simple metaphors slide us into our own inner deeper feelings. From loss and mutability she snatches hard won moments of joy. Her poems are an invitation to open your senses and enter her mysterious garden of dreams.
Oct. 26: Jon Sindell - Author of The Pugilist Poets of Venice. Jon Sindell's debut novel is a big fat juicy love letter to literature, Los Angeles and most of all, love. With prose that sings, Sindell tells a tough yet tender tale of brazen heartbreak amid '90s bohemian hipsters, a single dad with a paltry income, scanty prospects, biting demons, and a "ball and chain" kid.
Nov. 2: Joseph Di Prisco, author of The Good Family Fitzgerald. This novel is a saga of money and ambition, crime and the Catholic Church, a sprawling, passionate story shaped against a background of social discord. The Fitzgeralds are buttressed by wealth and privilege, but they are also buffeted by crisis after crisis, many of their own creation. Even so, they live large, in love and in strife, wielding power, combating adversaries and each other.
Nov. 9: Mary Kay Rummel, author of The Lifeline Trembles and What’s Left is the Singing. Cary Waterman, author of The Book of Fire and Threshold: New and Selected poems.
Mary Kay Rummel is former poet Laureate of Ventura County. In What’s Left is the Singing, she spins words into mysticism and magic. "Not to be ordinary," she was drawn into the convent where she was forbidden to read fiction because the Superior didn't like it. She was able to leave when "words whispered in that wind/telling her to go forth and read...” Set free, she read, wrote and traveled, visiting early Irish history and myth. Her poetry is a shimmering display of light and a search for what matters.
Cary Waterman, editor of the Water Stone Review, writes about travel to Iceland, the myth of Persephone, the luxuriousness of the Minnesota seasons, and the difficult realities of a nation at war. In Threshold: New and Selected Poems, she gathers the best poems from each of her books, along with a robust sampling of recent work.
Nov. 16 Diane Frank, author of Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines, which received honors at the San Francisco Book Festival. "In this new and startling collection, Diane Frank’s poems transcend not just genres but entire dimensions. When she speaks to J.S. Bach, she really means it and when Bach speaks back, she listens — entirely — the way certain moths perceive sound via their whole body, even their wings. ... 'When a buffalo enters your dream, / listen for arpeggio hooves, / the weight of music, / a copper moon / above a vanishing prairie' and you will, you must listen." – Lois P. Jones, KPFK’s Poets Café