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Next Meeting: Thursday, 21 NOVEMBER 2019 at 6:30 PM

at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Road (at Irvine Blvd), Tustin
PENULTIMATE MEETING OF 2019

LIT UP! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 19 Nov 2019

November 14, 2019

LIT UP logoThe next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 19 November 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!

SCWA: Elise Capron, “The Publishing Business,” 16 Nov 2019

November 14, 2019

SCWA logoThe 16 November Southern California Writers Association meeting features literary agent Elise Capron.

Elise is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. In addition to handling her own list, she oversees the daily operations of the SDLA office. She’s most interested in well-written narrative non-fiction (particularly trade-friendly history, cultural studies, and science) as well as character-driven literary 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.

14 Nov meeting notes; 21 Nov reading list

November 14, 2019

14 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Twelve people attended: Burt, Casey, Dana S. (read the first chapter of Bound by Firelight), Dennis P. (read a partial chapter from Winesburg Revisited), Lance, Leighanne, Leslie P., Maddie (read two revised chapters from Hit Me), Marianna, PJ, Rosie, and Sherry C.

News and Notes

The days dwindle down to a precious few… the last PFL meetings of 2019 will be on 21 Nov and 5 Dec.

The PFL Holiday Party will happen on Thursday, 12 December, from 7-9 p.m. at Marianna’s joint. Besides eating and drinking, the entertainment will include readings of participant-written short stories (500-1000 words) set during Christmas Eve outside the U.S. A food signup list will circulate during the 21 Nov meeting.

Lance will be appearing at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on Friday, 15 Nov, with mystery writer and LIT UP! alum Anne Cleeland. He’ll also be at Book Carnival in Orange on Saturday, 16 Nov, with thriller writer Michael Niemann.

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 19 November at Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). The lineup:

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

 

21 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Leighanne (11/14)
Shari (10/24)
Leslie P. (11/14)
Burt (11/14)
Joanne (10/24)
Lisa W. (10/24)
Casey (11/14)
Glenda (10/24)
Marianna (11/14)
PJ (11/14)
Lance (11/14)
Rosie (11/14)
Sherry C. (11/14)
Maddie (11/14)
Dana S. (11/14)
Dennis P. (11/14)

The Ginormous Love Life of the Superhero’s Intern, Casey Pope, SF/romance

November 10, 2019

After a brutal breakup with her high school boyfriend, a devastated Lolly is determined to fight the injustices of the world and decides to “put things to right” as a way to overcome her heartache and gain a semblance of control over the emotional chaos of her life. And so the summer after her freshman year in college, she applies for summer internship positions, including with the FBI, CIA, and ATF. They all reject her. Except one: The Office of Anti-Villainy and Undisclosable Matters, a.k.a. OAVUM.

Lolly’s one and only assignment entrusted to her by OAVUM is Hamm Metepakker. He is OAVUM’s top-tier superhero, but has been out of commission because of an injury. It is Lolly’s duty to keep Hamm on track to fast recovery so he can get back to battling supervillains. But it’s kind of hard for Lolly to stay focused on her job because Hamm’s not only a superhero, he’s super hot and pretty cool, and is a celebrity and living the good life. They soon start flirting and experiencing warm fuzzies for each other and get hot and heavy and—

But wait. Lolly isn’t supposed to do any of that because fraternizing with an OAVUM employee is grounds for termination. Also, getting involved with Hamm will distract him from his job of fighting the supervillains who are intent on world domination. On top of which, Hamm is rumored to be dating world-famous pop star, Daria Buttermilk, who is not the kind of person that will allow a “nobody” like Lolly to upstage her. But Lolly can’t help herself and follows her heart and pursues a course of action that sets off a domino effect of ginormously dire consequences.

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Casey Pope writes novels in the mainstream/upmarket category, i.e., literary/commercial hybrid. His previous works include A Love Life Like Karmic Disaster, The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly, and World War Girl Soldier.

7 Nov meeting notes; 14 Nov reading list

November 7, 2019

7 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Casey, Lance (read the first chapter of Zrada), Leighanne, Leslie P., Marianna, Rosie (read 1.5 chapters of The Lion and the Eagle), and Sherry C. (read 1.5 chapters from Time’s Up for Father Time).

News and Notes

The days dwindle down to a precious few… the last PFL meetings of 2019 will be on 14 Nov, 21 Nov, and 5 Dec.

The PFL Holiday Party will happen on 12 December at Marianna’s joint. More details to come soon.

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 19 November 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 more details on the authors.

 

14 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Maddie (10/17)
Leighanne (11/7)
Shari (10/24)
Leslie P. (11/7)
Burt (10/17)
Joanne (10/24)
Dana S. (10/10)
Lisa W. (10/24)
Casey (11/7)
Glenda (10/24)
Marianna (11/7)
PJ (10/24)
Dennis P. (10/24)
Lance (11/7)
Rosie (11/7)
Sherry C. (11/7)

Upcoming Author Events, Book Carnival, Orange, November 2019

November 7, 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 November:

  • Saturday, November 9, 2 p.m.: Nicholas Meyer, The Adventures of the Peculiar Protocols
  • Sunday, November 10, 2 p.m.: Emma Viskic, Resurrection Bay; Robert Gott, The Holiday Murders; Sulari Gentill, A Few Right Thinking Men; Jock Serong, Preservation
  • Saturday, November 16, 3 p.m.: Lance Charnes, Chasing Clay; Michael Niemann, No Right Way

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, November 2019

November 7, 2019

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

  • Thursday, November 14, 5:30 p.m.: Fanny Howe, Love and I

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.

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