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Next Meeting: Thursday, 16 MAY 2019 at 6:30 PM

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

LIT UP! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 21 May 2019

May 12, 2019

LIT UP logo

The next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 21 May 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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SCWA: Christina Hoag, “10,000 Mistakes to Publication,” 18 May 2019

May 12, 2019

SCWA logoThe 18 May Southern California Writers Association meeting features author and former journalist Christina Hoag.

A former journalist, Christina Hoag has had her laptop searched by Colombian guerrillas and her phone tapped in Venezuela, was suspected of drug trafficking in Guyana, hid under a car to evade Guatemalan soldiers, and posed as a nun to get inside a Caracas jail. She has interviewed gang members, bank robbers, thieves and thugs in prisons, shantytowns and slums, not to forget billionaires and presidents, some of whom fall into the previous categories. Now she writes about such characters in her fiction.

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.

9 May meeting notes; 16 May reading list

May 12, 2019

9 MAY MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt, Casey, Dennis P., Lance (read a chapter from Chasing Clay), Leighanne, Lily, Lisa W., PJ, Rosie (read a chapter from The Lion and the Eagle), and Sherry C. (read the beginning of a short cozy mystery, “The Sozzled Flapper”).

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 21 May 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.

 

16 MAY READING LIST

Leighanne (5/9)
Maddie (4/25)
Jo (3/28)
Lisa W. (5/9)
Lily (5/9)
Glenda (5/2)
Burt (5/9)
Joanne (5/2)
Leslie P. (4/25)
Marianna (4/25)
Casey (5/9)
PJ (5/9)
Shari (5/2)
Dennis P. (5/9)
Sherry C. (5/9)
Rosie (5/9)
Lance (5/9)

Upcoming Author Events, Book Carnival, Orange, May 2019

May 4, 2019

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 May:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m.: Robert Knott, Buckskin
  • Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.: Michael Brandman, Wild Card (launch party)

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, May 2019

May 4, 2019

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

  • Sunday, May 5, 4 p.m.: Third Street Writers Book Launch Party for Beach Reads: Paradise

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.

Upcoming Author Events, Mystery Ink Books, May 2019

May 4, 2019

Independent bookstore Mystery Ink will be hosting the following author events in May:

  • Sunday, May 12, 1 p.m.: Jeri Westerson, Traitor’s Codex
  • Saturday, May 18, 5 p.m.: Michael Brandman, Wild Cards

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.

I Am…a Character, PJ Colando, contemporary women’s fiction

May 4, 2019

The Winner's Circle book cover

A curated collection of PJ Colando’s…

  • short stories — those published elsewhere with rights returned, and those yet to be published;
  • journal articles;
  • blog posts and witticisms;
  • one poetic eulogy; and,
  • short stories workshopped in the Pure Fiction League writers’ group.

Available for Kindle on Amazon
Trade paperback available at Amazon

 

PJ Colando was born and raised in the Midwest, yet unabashedly aspired for adventure elsewhere, following her parents’ model. She lives in Southern California with her family, hobbies, and pets. PJ writes contemporary women’s fiction and has drawn praise for her singular voice, humor, and satire on contentious current affairs, and insights into human life. It’s Boomer Chick-Lit, babe – PJ writes funny! Join her on her Boomer humor blog on her author site, http://www.pjcolando.com.

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