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at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Road (at Irvine Blvd), Tustin

LIT UP! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 18 December 2018

December 9, 2018

LIT UP logo

The next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 18 December in its new home at Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin (see the map below).

Map to Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin

Map to Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin

You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up).

Three featured local authors will read from their works and discuss them with the audience. The lineup:

As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors. See you there!

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6 Dec meeting notes; 3 Jan reading list

December 6, 2018

6 DECEMBER MEETING NOTES

Six people attended the final meeting of 2018: Casey (read two chapters from “Super Duper Love Story”), Jo, Lance (read 1.5 chapters from Hot Pots), Leighanne, Rosie, and Shari.

News and Notes

The first PFL meeting of 2019 will be on 3 January.

The final LIT UP! of 2018 will happen at 7:00 p.m. on 18 December at Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for details on past authors and programs.

The holiday party will start at 7:00 p.m. on 13 December at Maddie’s place in Mission Viejo. If you’re a PFL member, you should already have received an email with the 411 on the event.

Stats for 2018: We averaged 8.1 attendees and 2.8 readings per meeting. We had ten meetings with four readings, and one meeting with none (the same meeting with the year’s-low attendance of 4).

 

3 JANUARY READING LIST

Jo (12/6)
Maddie (11/15)
Shari (12/6)
Donna (11/29)
Burt (11/8)
Joanne (11/29)
Leighanne (12/6)
Rosie (12/6)
PJ (11/29)
Casey (12/6)
Lance (12/6)

Upcoming Author Events, Book Carnival, Orange, Dec 2018

December 2, 2018

Book CarnivalBook Carnival window, an independent Orange County bookstore dedicated to mysteries and thrillers, will host the following author readings/signings through the end of December:

  • Saturday, December 8, 2:00 p.m.: Matt Coyle, Wrong Light
  • Sunday, December 9, 3:00 p.m.: Paul Charles, A Day in the Life of Louis Bloom
  • Saturday, December 15, 2:00 p.m.: Michael Robertson, A Baker Street Wedding; Patricia Smiley, The Second Goodbye

The events are mostly free (unless marked otherwise), although it’d be nice if you buy the featured book. Book Carnival is located at 348 S. Tustin Street in Orange, three-ish blocks south of Chapman Avenue. Look for more information on the store’s website or Facebook page.

Upcoming Author Events, Laguna Beach Books, Dec 2018

December 2, 2018

Laguna Beach Books signIndependent bookstore Laguna Beach Books will be hosting the following event this December:

  • Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m.: Holiday Party & Book Rep Night

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Laguna Beach Books is located at 1200 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Get more information on their website or Facebook page.

SCWA: Paul Marks, “How to Write Short Stories Using Screenwriting Techniques,” 15 Dec 2018

November 30, 2018

SCWA logoThe 15 December Southern California Writers Association meeting features Shamus Award-winning mystery-thriller author Paul Marks speaking about using screenwriting techniques to enhance your short stories.

Paul’s short story “Windward” has been selected for the Best American Mystery Stories of 2018, edited by Louise Penny & Otto Penzler, and has also been nominated for both a 2018 Shamus Award and a Macavity Award for Best Short Story. Ghosts of Bunker Hill was voted #1 in the 2016 Ellery Queen Readers Poll. He is co-editor of the multi-award-nominated anthology Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea.

The meeting takes place at the Claim Jumper restaurant on 18050 Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley. Doors open at 8:30 and the program begins at 9:00. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members ($30 with a reservation), and include a buffet breakfast. Check the SCWA website for more information.

Upcoming Author Events, Mystery Ink Books, Dec 2018

November 30, 2018

Independent bookstore Mystery Ink will be hosting the following author events through the end of December:

  • Saturday, Dec 1, 4 p.m.: Leslie S. Klinger (ed), For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon (launch party)
  • Sunday, Dec 16, 1 p.m.: Holiday party with OC Sisters in Crime

Events are free, but it would be nice if you bought a book. Mystery Ink is located at 8907 Warner Ave. #135 in Huntington Beach. Get more information on their website or Facebook page.

29 Nov meeting notes; 6 Dec reading list

November 30, 2018

Seven people attended: Casey, Donna, Joanne (read part three of her short story, “Nights with the Men”), Lance, Leighanne (read a chapter from The Karma List), PJ (read a short story, “Sudden Impact”), and Rosie (read two revised chapters from On Thin Ice).

News and Notes

The 20 November LIT UP! was a success, with an unexpected four authors appearing. A near-capacity crowd heard PFL’s own Rosie de Guzman, Greta Boris, Pat Broeske, and Lani Kauten read from their works.

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 18 December at Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for details on past authors and programs.

The last PFL meeting of 2018 will be on 6 December. The holiday party will start at 7:00 p.m. on 13 December at Maddie’s place in Mission Viejo. If you’re a PFL member, stand by for an email with the 411 on the event.

 

6 DECEMBER READING LIST

Jo (11/15)
Maddie (11/15)
Shari (11/15)
Donna (11/29)
Burt (11/8)
Joanne (11/29)
Casey (11/29)
Lance (11/29)
Leighanne (11/29)
Rosie (11/29)
PJ (11/29)
Glenda (10/11)
Steve J. (10/11)

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