Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Join me for two special readings at Books Inc. in Berkeley and Book Passage in San Francisco--Here's why:

Books Inc., Berkeley, Tuesday, September 22, 7 p.m.

1. Ina Coolbrith's "boys," as she called them, have streets, lanes, and paths named after them in the Berkeley hills. Come hear stories about Bret Harte, Charles Warren Stoddard, George Sterling, and Charles Keeler.

2. Anton Roman, the founder of Books Inc., published Outcroppings, California's first poetry anthology, and Overland Monthly, the early American West's most critically acclaimed magazine, both of which published Ina's poetry.

3.  Ina was the first woman in America to write a commencement ode when she wrote "California" for the University of California in 1871 for a graduating class of five men. Women were admitted to the university the following year for the first time.

4.  Ina lived in Berkeley as an octogenarian and died in Berkeley on leap day, February 29, 1928. Her memorial service was held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Book Passage, San Francisco Ferry Building, Thursday, September 24, 6 p.m.

1. Ina loved San Francisco and called it her "city of love and desire." I appreciate every opportunity to celebrate Ina and her work in her beloved city.

2. Ina commuted between Oakland and San Francisco during several periods in her life. Just like today's commuters, she passed through the Ferry Building each time she departed from or arrived in San Francisco.

3. I am grateful to Book Passage for the workshops I took while writing this book, my first. I learned about book proposals from Alan Rinzler, the 30-second pitch from Alice Acheson, and the invaluable strong plot line from Linda Watanabe McFerrin. A small group of smart and talented women helped me to the finish line in Leslie Keenan's Master Writers Class.

Please join me at one of these readings! Support these treasured independent bookstores by purchasing your copy at the stores. Available now, or get a signed copy at the reading!