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Next Meeting: Thursday, 23 JANUARY 2020 at 6:30 PM

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

Muzeo Open Book Author Series: Stephen Maitalnd-Lewis and Steven Deeble, 25 Jan 2020

January 1, 2020

Muzeo Museum & Cultural CenterThe Muzeo Open Book Author Series will feature two authors during its 25 January event: historical fiction writer Stephen Maitland-Lewis and historical noir author Steven Deeble. Author and poet John Brantingham will moderate the event.

Maitland-Lewis’ novel Hero on Three Continents has received numerous accolades, and Emeralds Never Fade won the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction and the 2011 Written Arts Award for Best Fiction. His novel Ambition was a 2013 USA Best Book Awards finalist and won first place for General Fiction in the 2013 Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards. Maitland-Lewis’ most recent novel, Botticelli’s Bastard, was a 2014 USA Best Book Awards finalist in three categories and won the Bronze Award in Best Regional Fiction (Europe) at the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Steven Deeble’s award-winning writing and photography have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times. His story “On the Run in the Getaway Car” appears in Lummox No. 6. He is a writer, filmmaker, and multimedia artist who has shown in galleries across Southern California. He’s produced and directed short films based on original screenplays and served as associate producer on two independent feature films.

The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center sponsors the Open Book series at the Carnegie Gallery on 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. in Anaheim. Doors open at 12 p.m; the program runs 1-3 p.m. Admission is free, but please RSVP to Carol Latham at clatham@muzeo.org.

SCWA: Christopher Reich, 18 Jan 2020

January 1, 2020

SCWA logoThe 18 January Southern California Writers Association meeting features bestselling author Christopher Reich.

Christopher is the New York Times bestselling author of The Take, Numbered Account, Rules of Deception, Rules of Vengeance, Rules of Betrayal, and many other thrillers. His novel The Patriots Club won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Novel. He also was screenwriter on the James Bond film, Never Say Never.

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, January 2020

January 1, 2020

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

  • Saturday, January 4, 1 p.m.: Ellie Alexander, A Cup of Holiday Fear
  • Saturday, January 11, 3 p.m.: Lee Goldberg, Lost Hills

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.

Don’t forget…

January 1, 2020

…Thursday, 2 January is the first PFL meeting of the year. See you there!

5 Dec meeting notes; 2 Jan reading list

December 5, 2019

5 DECEMBER MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended the last meeting of 2019: Burt, Casey, Lance (read two chapters from Zrada), Leslie P., Maddie, Rosie, and Sherry C. (read 1.5 chapters from Time’s Up for Father Time).

News and Notes

Our stats for 2019: average attendance was 9.9 people (now you know why some of us didn’t always seem all there), and we averaged 3.0 readings per meeting. Casey won the attendance sweepstakes with 42 appearances. Lance had the most readings with 20, followed by Rosie (18) and Casey (17).

The PFL Holiday Party will happen on Thursday, 12 December, from 7-9 p.m. at Marianna’s joint in Irvine. 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. Many thanks to Leslie for wrangling the food list.

Many thanks also to Sherry, who’s been compiling a contact list for all the PFL members.

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 10 December 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.

 

2 JANUARY READING LIST

Leighanne (11/21)
Leslie P. (12/5)
Burt (12/5)
Casey (12/5)
Glenda (11/21)
PJ (11/14)
Maddie (12/5)
Dana S. (11/14)
Dennis P. (11/14)
Marianna (11/21)
Rosie (12/5)
Sherry C. (12/5)
Lance (12/5)
Shari (10/24)
Joanne (10/24)
Lisa W. (10/24)

21 Nov meeting notes; 5 Dec reading list

November 22, 2019

21 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Casey, Glenda, Lance (read two chapters from Zrada), Leighanne, Leslie P., Marianna (read a revised first chapter from Red Snow), Rosie (read two chapters from The Lion and the Eagle), and Sherry C.

News and Notes

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

Sherry is compiling a PFL contact list so we can contact (or cyber-stalk) each other. If you didn’t fill out a form this time, she’ll surely have more at the next meeting.

The PFL Holiday Party will happen on Thursday, 12 December, from 7-9 p.m. at Marianna’s joint in Irvine. 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. Leslie circulated a food signup list during the 21 November meeting and will do so again for the 5 Dec meeting.

The audience for the 19 November LIT UP! braved traffic and (gasp!) rain to hear readings from and interviews with Casey Pope, Dennis Phinney, and Christina Adams. Good work, all!

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 10 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 more details on the authors.

 

5 DECEMBER READING LIST

Leighanne (11/21)
Leslie P. (11/21)
Burt (11/14)
Casey (11/21)
Glenda (11/21)
PJ (11/14)
Sherry C. (11/21)
Maddie (11/14)
Dana S. (11/14)
Dennis P. (11/14)
Marianna (11/21)
Lance (11/21)
Rosie (11/21)
Shari (10/24)
Joanne (10/24)
Lisa W. (10/24)

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)

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