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Next Meeting: Thursday, 11 August 2022, at 6:30 p.m.

at the Corner Bakery, 13786D Jamboree Rd. Suite 4 (Tustin Marketplace), Irvine

Upcoming author events for August 2022

August 4, 2022

The following author events will take place online in August. Click on the venue links for more information and for registration or access codes. Events pop up unpredictably, so return to your favorite venues during the month to see if anything new has surfaced.

BOOK CARNIVAL

  • Tuesday, Aug 16, 5:30 p.m.: John Gray, The Desecrated (virtual)
  • Saturday, Aug 20, 11 a.m.: Matt Goldman, Carolina Moonset (in person)
  • Saturday, Aug 20, 2 p.m.: Charles Knief, A Handful of Dust (in person)
  • Saturday, Aug 27, 6 p.m.: Faye Kellerman, The Hunt (virtual)

HUNTINGTON BEACH FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

  • TBD

MYSTERY INK

  • Saturday, Aug 6, 1 p.m.: Julie Clark, The Lies I Tell (in person)
  • Sunday, Aug 7, 1 p.m.: Ed Lin, Death Doesn’t Forget (in person)

OC ROMANCE WRITERS

  • Saturday, Aug 13, 10 a.m.: Kathryn Le Veque, “The Mechanics of Writing: From the Ground Up” and Jenna Barwin, “BookTok on TikTok: Getting Started & Upping Your Game” (in person)

SISTERS-IN-CRIME ORANGE COUNTY

  • Sunday, Aug 28, 3 p.m.: Jeffrey Fleishman, Good Night, Forever (with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett) at Book Carnival

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS ASSOCIATION

  • Saturday, Aug 20: TBD

4 Aug meeting notes; 11 Aug reading list

August 4, 2022

4 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Benafsha A. (a new chapter and a revised chapter from Grown in the Shade), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A., Joanne (a very short story, “Free Fall”), Lance, Leighanne, and Rosie (two chapters from The Great Mrs. Ziegfeld).

NEWS & NOTES

Watch for the August author events post, coming soon.

11 AUGUST READING LIST

Donna R. (8/4)
Burt (7/21)
Glenda (8/4)
Leighanne (8/4)
Gloria A. (8/4)
Lance (8/4)
Rosie (8/4)
Joanne (8/4)
Chris L. (8/4)
Benafsha A. (8/4)

28 July meeting notes; 4 Aug reading list

July 29, 2022

28 JULY MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Glenda, Gloria A. (1.5 chapters from Toxin), Joanne, and Lance (most of a chapter from Bluejay Rises).

NEWS & NOTES

It appears that the Panera Bread PFL used to haunt at Jamboree and Irvine Blvd. now sleeps with the fishes. (We killed off another one!) We’re committed to Corner Bakery for the duration.

4 AUGUST READING LIST

Donna R. (7/21)
Rosie (7/21)
Burt (7/21)
Glenda (7/28)
Joanne (7/28)
Leighanne (7/21)
Gloria A. (7/28)
Chris L. (7/28)
Benafsha A. (7/28)
Lance (7/28)

21 July meeting notes; 28 July reading list

July 22, 2022

21 JULY MEETING NOTES

Ten(!) people attended: Benafsha A., Burt (three chapters from The Spirit of 1942), Chris L., Donna R., Glenda (the last half of a short story, “The Dungeon of Knowledge”), Gloria A., Joanne (a very short story, “Throwaways: Johnnie”), Lance, Leighanne, and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

Glenda recommended checking the free webinars offered by the Institute for Brain Potential for information about mental conditions and their presentation (for instance, “Treating Six Forms of Anxiety”) in case you need a character to exhibit such a thing.

Benafsha will be attending Killer Nashville, her first writer’s conference, next month.

Sisters in Crime OC is sponsoring a virtual event on Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m., featuring : Chris Hauty, Nick Petrie, and Brian Freeman, moderated by Maddie Margarita.

28 JULY READING LIST

Donna R. (7/21)
Gloria A. (7/21)
Rosie (7/21)
Chris L. (7/21)
Benafsha A. (7/21)
Lance (7/21)
Burt (7/21)
Glenda (7/21)
Joanne (7/21)
Leighanne (7/21)

14 July meeting notes; 21 July reading list

July 15, 2022

14 JULY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Glenda, Gloria A., Joanne, Lance (two partial chapters from Bluejay Rises), and Rosie (a chapter from The Great Mrs. Ziegfeld).

NEWS & NOTES

The monthly Southern California Writers Association meeting will happen Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. The featured guest is Gary Phillips, presenting “Like You Were There—Writing Immersive Historical Fiction.”

21 JULY READING LIST

Donna R. (6/30)
Glenda (7/14)
Burt (7/7)
Gloria A. (7/14)
Joanne (7/14)
Rosie (7/14)
Chris L. (7/14)
Benafsha A. (7/14)
Lance (7/14)

7 July meeting notes; 14 July reading list

July 7, 2022

7 JULY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Benafsha A., Burt, Chris L., Glenda, Gloria A. (1.5 chapters from Toxin), Joanne (a very short story, “Throwaways”), and Lance (two partial chapters from Bluejay Rises).

NEWS & NOTES

The Muzeo Open Book Series with Maddie Margarita (basically Lit Up! North) will happen on Sunday, 10 July at 1 p.m. featuring authors/inspirational speakers Sheri Fink and Derek Kent. Sign up for the Zoom link here.

14 JULY READING LIST

Donna R. (6/30)
Rosie (6/23)
Glenda (7/7)
Burt (7/7)
Chris L. (7/7)
Benafsha A. (7/7)
Lance (7/7)
Gloria A. (7/7)
Joanne (7/7)

30 June meeting notes; 7 July reading list

July 2, 2022

30 JUNE MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Benafsha A. (a revised chapter from Grown in the Shade), Burt (four chapters from The Spirit of 1942), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Donna R., Glenda (first half of a short story, “The Dungeon of Knowledge”), and Gloria A.

NEWS & NOTES

The Muzeo Open Book Series with Maddie Margarita (basically Lit Up! North) will happen on Sunday, 10 July at 1 p.m. featuring authors/inspirational speakers Sheri Fink and Derek Kent. Sign up for the Zoom link here.

7 JULY READING LIST

Donna R. (6/30)
Lance (6/16)
Rosie (6/23)
Gloria A. (6/30)
Joanne (6/23)
Glenda (6/30)
Burt (6/30)
Chris L. (6/30)
Benafsha A. (6/30)

23 June meeting notes; 30 June reading list

June 25, 2022

23 JUNE MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Benafsha A. (two chapters from Grown in the Shade), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A. (1.5 chapters from Toxin), Joanne (a short story, “The Throwaways”), and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

Author event at Book Carnival this Wednesday, 29 June. Check the Events posting for details.

30 JUNE READING LIST

Donna R. (6/23)
Glenda (6/23)
Lance (6/16)
Burt (6/16)
Rosie (6/23)
Chris L. (6/23)
Gloria A. (6/23)
Joanne (6/23)
Benafsha A. (6/23)
Leighanne C. (5/26)

16 June meeting notes; 23 June reading list

June 16, 2022

16 JUNE MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Burt (three chapters from The Spirit of 1942), Chris L., Donna R., Gloria A., Joanne (a very short story, “Bird Talk”), Lance, and Rosie (two chapters from The Great Mrs. Ziegfeld).

NEWS & NOTES

Author events at Book Carnival, the Huntington Beach Friends of the Library, and SCWA this Saturday, 18 June. Check the Events posting for details.

23 JUNE READING LIST

Donna R. (6/16)
Leighanne C. (5/26)
Glenda (6/9)
Chris L. (6/16)
Gloria A. (6/16)
Lance (6/16)
Burt (6/16)
Rosie (6/16)
Joanne (6/16)
Benafsha A. (6/16)

9 Jun meeting notes; 16 Jun reading list

June 9, 2022

9 JUNE MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Benafsha A. (two half-chapters from Grown in the Shade), Burt, Chris L., Glenda, Gloria A. (a chapter from Toxin), Joanne, Lance (two half-chapters from Bluejay Rises), and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

Sisters in Crime is kicking off its Sizzling Summer Speaker Series on 11 June at 2 p.m. with an online event featuring best-selling suspense author Allison Brennan. S4 is a collaborative effort between four California SinC chapters. SinC OC’s turn comes next month. Go to the link to get more details and to register.

16 JUNE READING LIST

Donna R. (5/12)
Leighanne C. (5/26)
Burt (6/9)
Rosie (6/9)
Glenda (6/9)
Joanne (6/9)
Chris L. (6/9)
Benafsha A. (6/9)
Gloria A. (6/9)
Lance (6/9)

2 June meeting notes; 9 June reading list

June 3, 2022

2 JUNE MEETING NOTES

Four people attended: Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Glenda, Joanne, and Lance. Corner Bakery was open again.

NEWS & NOTES

We’ll keep track of Corner Bakery’s reliability as a meeting venue going forward. In the meantime, Blk Dot Coffee (two doors away) or Pieology (three doors away) will be our backups in case we get shut out of Corner Bakery again.

9 JUNE READING LIST

Donna R. (5/12)
Benafsha A. (5/26)
Gloria A. (5/19)
Leighanne C. (5/26)
Lance (6/2)
Burt (5/19)
Rosie (5/26)
Glenda (6/2)
Joanne (6/2)
Chris L. (6/2)

26 May meeting notes; 2 Jun reading list

May 27, 2022

26 MAY MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Benafsha A., Glenda (the last half of “The Secret of Red”), Joanne (a very short story, “Office Politics”), Lance, Leighanne, and Rosie (the first chapter of a new project, The Great Mrs. Ziegfeld).

NEWS & NOTES

The meeting ended prematurely because of cold — Corner Bakery was closed for maintenance without warning and we had to sit outside. We’ll keep track of their reliability as a meeting venue going forward. In the meantime, Blk Dot Coffee (two doors away) or Pieology (three doors away) will be our backups in case we get shut out of Corner Bakery again.

2 JUNE READING LIST

Donna R. (5/12)
Benafsha A. (5/26)
Gloria A. (5/19)
Leighanne C. (5/26)
Lance (5/26)
Burt (5/19)
Chris L. (5/19)
Rosie (5/26)
Glenda (5/26)
Joanne (5/26)

19 May meeting notes; 26 May reading list

May 20, 2022

19 MAY MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Benafsha A., Burt (six chapters from The Spirit of 1942), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Glenda, Gloria A., Joanne, Lance (a chapter from Bluejay Rises), and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

Two late-breaking author group meetings this weekend!

  • SCWA: Saturday, 21 May, 10 a.m. in the Regency Theater in SJC. Joe Ide speaks on “The Challenge of Writing a Contemporary Phillip Marlowe”
  • Sisters in Crime OC: Sunday, 22 May, 3 p.m. at Book Carnival in Orange. Author August Norman is the featured guest.

26 MAY READING LIST

Rosie (5/19)
Donna R. (5/12)
Glenda (5/19)
Joanne (5/19)
Benafsha A. (5/19)
Gloria A. (5/19)
Leighanne C. (5/12)
Lance (5/19)
Burt (5/19)
Chris L. (5/19)

12 May meeting notes; 19 May reading list

May 17, 2022

12 MAY MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Benafsha A. (a half-chapter from Grown in the Shade), Chris L., Donna R., Glenda (the first half of a short story, “The Secret of Red”), Gloria A. (two half-chapters from Toxin), Joanne (a short story, “Competitive Anomaly”), Leighanne C., and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

A reminder: we’re meeting at Corner Bakery in the Tustin Marketplace, just across the parking lot from the Barnes & Noble where we used to meet over ten years ago.

19 MAY READING LIST

Rosie (5/12)
Donna R. (5/12)
Lance (4/21)
Burt (4/21)
Chris L. (5/12)
Glenda (5/12)
Joanne (5/12)
Benafsha A. (5/12)
Gloria A. (5/12)
Leighanne C. (5/12)

5 May meeting notes; 12 May reading list

May 9, 2022

5 MAY MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Benafsha A. (two half-chapters from Grown in the Shade), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A. (a chapter from Toxin), and Joanne.

NEWS & NOTES

A reminder: we’re meeting at Corner Bakery in the Tustin Marketplace, just across the parking lot from the Barnes & Noble where we used to meet over ten years ago.

12 MAY READING LIST

Rosie (4/21)
Donna R. (5/5)
Lance (4/21)
Burt (4/21)
Glenda (5/5)
Joanne (5/5)
Benafsha A. (5/5)
Gloria A. (5/5)
Chris L. (5/5)

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