Mary Doria Russell - Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral

A deeply divided nation. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed by half the populace. Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border. Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands...

That was America in 1881.

All those forces came to bear on the afternoon of October 26th when Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt.

Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West.

Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral tells Wyatt’s real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal 30 seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.

Mary Doria Russell is the author of The Sparrow, considered a classic of speculative fiction and its sequel, Children of God, which, combined, have won eight regional, national and international awards. Her third novel, A Thread of Grace, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and her fourth novel, Dreamers of the Day, was nominated for the 2008 IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. Her fifth novel, Doc, was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She holds a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology and previously taught human gross anatomy.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111
$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780062198761
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press, 3/2015

Cara Black - Murder of the Champ de Mars

03/27/2015 2:30 pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

Paris, April 1999: Aimée Leduc has her work cut out for her - running her detective agency and fighting off sleep - deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bébé. The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor manouche (French Gypsy) boy. But he insists his dying mother has an important secret she needs to tell Aimée, something to do with Aimée's father's unsolved murder a decade ago. How can she say no?

Set in the seventh arrondissment, the quartier of the Parisian elite, Murder on the Champ de Mars takes us from the highest seats of power in the Ministries and embassies through the city's private gardens and the homes of France's oldest aristocratic families. Aimée discovers more connections than she thought possible between the clandestine "Gypsy" world and the moneyed ancien régime, ultimately leading her to the truth behind her father's death… After all, for Aimée, murder is never far from home.

Cara Black is the author of fifteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son, and visits Paris frequently.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

 

Location: 
Street:
College of Marin, Kentfield Library
Additional:
835 College Ave.
City:
Kentfield
,
Postal Code:
94904
$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781616952860
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Soho Crime, 3/2015

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads

 

 3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111

James Hannaham - Delicious Foods

Out on the street, selling herself to support her habit, Darlene is lured into a stranger’s van by the promise of a steady job on an idyllic farm. But Delicious Foods turns out to be more prison than paradise, its workers forced into modern slavery, doing back-breaking labor for little pay, and all their wages going to fund their room and board and to fill the crack pipes with which they’re sedated. Darlene is desperate to escape and reunite with her son Eddie, but her debt becomes more insurmountable each day and her old life recedes into memory.

Told in three voices—Darlene, Eddie, and the irreverent and mischievous drug (aka “Scotty”)—this haunting story dips back and forth in time to illustrate the vicious cycles of poverty, racism, addiction, and violence. Delicious Foods is at once a blistering social commentary on the crack cocaine epidemic and a look at the shockingly dark side of American agricultural labor.

James Hannaham is the author of the novel God Says No, which was honored by the American Library Association. He holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Delicious Foods (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780316284943
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 2/2015

Class: Molly Giles - Short Story Repair

03/28/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Mar. 28 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120
 
 
 
 
This is your chance to fix short stories that are “almost there.” Often it just takes a slight adjustment, but sometimes it takes a sharp kick—this class offers both. Molly Giles is a novelist and short story writer. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and is an editor for Penguin Putnam. Giles has worked with Amy Tan and many other successful writers.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Laura Zinn Fromm - Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking and Coping

Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping is a collection of essays that is two parts memoir, one part cookbook from Laura Zinn Fromm. A former award-winning journalist and self-described sugar addict, Fromm is both funny and frank in this moving account of trying to find comfort in a family fraught with mental illness. These essays are warm and generous, as are her recipes and cooking advice. You’ll find everything in here, from baking for a Nobel Prize winner to courting a kidnapper; mastering a mousse soufflé to roasting a chicken in milk. Fromm writes about her life with a tenderness and tenacity, and about food with a devotion and sensuality that will inspire even the most kitchen-phobic among us to bolt for our sauté pans.

Laura Zinn Fromm holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She teaches fiction and creative non-fiction through New York Writers Workshop and has taught at Columbia and Montclair State University. A former editor at Business Week, she is a winner of the Clarion Award and the Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Labor Reporting. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Business Week, Huffington Post, Ducts.org, Writing Raw and Wellesley Magazine.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9780990619499
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Greenpoint Press, 10/2014



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