You’re cordially invited to
THE FIRST ANNUAL
IDYLLWILD AUTHORS SERIES.

WHAT IS IT?
An opportunity to meet some of California’s most celebrated authors. From May through July 2011, a select group of writers will be visiting B’s Mountain Of Books in Idyllwild, California for an informal chat about their craft and careers.

This ONE OF A KIND EVENT will be of interest to readers and writers. The authors were selected not only because of their unique talent and outstanding publishing record, but also for their generous nature. There will be plenty of time for Q & A so please come prepared with your questions about the writing world, living the writer’s life, and the publishing industry.

FAQ

WILL THE EVENTS ALWAYS TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY? Yes. Always.

AT WHAT TIME? We plan to begin promptly at 2p.m.

WHO IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR?
Although schedule is subject to change, this is the line-up:

May 15 DAVID FRANCIS
David Francis grew up on his family’s farm in Victoria, Australia. He studied arts and law in Melbourne. In 1985 he left home to represent Australia on an equestrian team competing in Europe and went on to ride on the United States show-jumping circuit based outside New York. In 1986, he moved to California to work for an American law firm and in 1996 began writing fiction. In 2001, his first novel, AGAPANTHUS TANGO, was first published by Harper Collins/Fourth Estate in the United Kingdom and then by Harper Collins in Australia. In 2002, he received the Australia Literature Fund Fellowship to the Keesing Studio in Paris and, during that year, the novel was published in translation by Random House/Goldmann in Germany, Rizzoli/Bompiani in Italy and Sirene in Holland. In 2004, AGAPANTHUS TANGO was released by Editions du Seuil in France and in 2005 was published as THE GREAT INLAND SEA by MacAdam/Cage in the U.S. In 2006, the film rights were optioned by Serena Films in France. In 2008, his second novel, STRAY DOG WINTER was released in Australia by Allen & Unwin and the U.S. by MacAdam/Cage. The novel was named “Book of the Year” in The Advocate, “Australian Novel of the Year” in the Australian Literary Review, was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, received a Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary award, and won the Audiophile as well as the American Library Association, Stonewall and Barbara Gittings awards. Film rights to STRAY DOG WINTER are currently being optioned in the U.S.

May 22 HOPE EDELMAN
Hope Edelman holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of five nonfiction books: the international bestseller Motherless Daughters (1994), which was published in sixteen countries and translated into eleven languages; Letters from Motherless Daughters (1995), an edited collection of letters from readers; Mother of My Mother (1999), which looks at the depth and influence of the grandmother-granddaughter relationship; Motherless Mothers (2006), about the experience of being a mother when you don’t have one; and The Possibility of Everything (2009), her first book-length memoir, set in Topanga Canyon, California, and Belize.

May 29 LESLIE SCHWARTZ
Leslie Schwartz is the author of two literary novels, Jumping the Green (Simon & Schuster, 1999) and Angels Crest (Doubleday, 2004.) Jumping the Green won the James Jones Literary Society Award for Best First Novel and was published in three languages. Angels Crest was a Book Sense 76 pick and was published in nine languages. The film version of the book wrapped principal photography in December, 2009. The film title is Waska. In 2004 Schwartz was named Kalliope Magazine’s Woman Writer of the Year. In addition to her novels, Schwartz has published short stories, articles, essays and book reviews in various newspapers, glossy magazines and literary journals. Some of these venues include Poets & Writers, Teachers & Writers, Los Angeles Times and Sonora Review.

June 5 JANET FITCH
J.F. is most famously known as the author of the Oprah’s Book Club novel White Oleander, which became a film in 2002. Janet Fitch is a faculty member in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, where she teaches fiction. Her third novel, Paint It Black, named after the Rolling Stones song of the same name, was published in September 2006. The movie version is in the works. She is currently working on her latest novel, which is due next Spring.

June 12 GARY PHILLIPS
Gary Phillips writes with raw power…you’re about to take a wild ride.” wrote Edgar Award winning author Jan Burke. And he was right! The prolific Mr. Phillips many gritty novels include: The Jook, Bangers, The Underbelly, Bad Night Falls, Angeltown, Freedom Flights, Violent Spring, High Hand, Shooter’s Point, Perdition U.S.A. and The Perpetrators. If crime is your game, you won’t want to miss this one!

June 19 MARY OTIS
Mary Otis is an award winning writer whose short story collection Yes, Yes, Cherries was published in 2007 by Tin House Books. She has had stories and essays published in Best New American Voices (Harcourt), Los Angeles Times, Tin House, Berkeley Literary Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, and the Santa Monica Review. Her writing has recently been anthologized in Woof: Fiction Writers on Dogs (Viking) and Tales of Sex and Love (Tin House). Her story “Pilgrim Girl” received an honorable mention for a Pushcart Prize, and her story “Unstruck” was cited in 100 Distinguished Stories in the Best American Short Stories 2006. She is a 2007 Walter Dakin Fellow, and in 2009 was invited by the NEA to attend the Guadalajara Book Festival as a fiction writer. Originally from the Boston area, Mary is a fiction professor in the UC Riverside Low-Residency MFA Program where she is part of the core faculty.

July 10 NOEL ALUMIT
Noel Alumit wrote the novels Letters to Montgomery Clift and Talking to the Moon. His solo shows include The Rice Room: Scenes from a Bar and Master of the (miss) Universe. Other writing has been in the journals Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing; Take Out, Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America; DisOrient; and the Asian Pacific American Journal. Newspapers and magazines include USA Today, the Advocate, Asian Week, and others. He has been recognized with awards and such, but he is most proud of his work in HIV/AIDS, where he’s been working for 19 years. He can be followed on twitter and he blogs at thelastnoel.

July 17 RACHEL RESNICK
Rachel Resnick is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick. She has published articles, essays, and celebrity-profile cover stories in the Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, and BlackBook. She is a contributing editor at Tin House magazin. Her essays and stories have also appeared in the anthologies What Was I Thinking?, Stricken, The Time of My Life, Damage Control, The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, The Best American Erotica 2004, Women on the Edge, L.A. Shorts, and Absolute Disaster. She is the founder and CEO of Writers on Fire, provider of luxury writing retreats both in the United States and abroad. Writers On Fire also offers private writing coaching and local (Los Angeles area) workshops throughout the year. See www.writersonfire.com for more info.

WHERE IS THIS FABULOUS EVENT TAKING PLACE?
B’S MOUNTAIN OF BOOKS, Idyllwild’s premiere independent bookstore.
54385 North Circle Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(if you’re coming from afar, call to confirm)
951-659-5018

IS THE STORE AIR-CONDITIONED? Yes. Very comfortable so.

WHAT DOES IT COST? The event is free of charge, made possible by a generous contribution from Idyllwild’s Strawberry Creek Inn, the most charming and hospitable bed & breakfast on the hill. Check them out at strawberrycreekinn.com.

MAY I BRING MY BOOK CLUB? MAY I BRING MY STUDENTS? Yes, if you are a member of a book club or teach a writing course, please let us know and we will make special accommodations for you. Although this is an informal event it promises to be educational as well as entertaining. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. To do this contact eduardo@eduardosantiago.com.

HOW LONG WILL EACH EVENT LAST? Give or take an hour, hour and a half. Depending on attendance and how interesting the questions from the audience.

MAY I BRING MY KID? Yes! B’s Mountain Of Books has a fantastic children’s play area adjascent to the room where the event will take place. (Lauren, the owner of B’s, has a toddler who is frequently at the store).

MAY I ATTEND MORE THAN ONE EVENT? Yes! We encourage attendance to the whole series, it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss, time well-spent if you love reading and writing.

ANY MORE QUESTIONS PLEASE WRITE TO:

EDUARDO@EDUARDOSANTIAGO.COM