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Conversations with Authors - Clarissa Ward with Lisa Ling (Virtual Event)

Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 4:00pm

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

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Clarissa Ward’s remarkable new memoir On All Fronts is the unforgettable story of an extraordinary journalist and a changing world.

Clarissa is CNN’s chief international correspondent. In her fifteen-year career spanning Fox, CBS, and ABC, she has reported from front lines across the world. Clarissa has won five Emmy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, two Edward R. Murrow Awards for distinguished journalism, honors from the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association, the 2016 David Kaplan Award from the Overseas Press Club, and the Excellence in International Reporting Award from the International Center for Journalists. She graduated with distinction from Yale University, and in 2013 received an honorary doctor of letters degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. She lives in London.

Lisa Ling is the executive producer and host of This is Life with Lisa Ling, on CNN. For five seasons prior, Lisa executive produced and hosted Our America on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. As the former field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer, Lisa has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India, the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang in Central America, Lisa is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura. She is also a co-founder of, and a contributor to


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Conversations with Authors - Bill Petrocelli (Virtual Event)

Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 4:00pm

Saturday, September 12th, 2021

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Joel Paul

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Thanks everyone!

I want to thank Professor Joel Paul, the Extended Session team, the Book Passage team, and my wife, Elaine, for making this on-line program a success.

And I especially want to thank the more than 1,200 viewers who tuned in to watch the event. For me, this means much more than just potential book sales. Of course I’d be happy if you wanted to purchase
a copy of Electoral Bait & Switch, but I didn’t write the book just for the royalties. I deeply believe that the elimination of the Electoral College is a critical political, constitutional, and moral issue, and we need to move
on it as fast as possible. If you do no more than lobby your community groups and make you concerns clear to your Congressional Representatives in support of this change, that will make me happy,

There is more information about this issue on my website at I hope you’ll take a look at the somewhat cheeky “Twitter Quiz” I’ve been posting on my Twitter account. The entries are all there on my website at

Here are a few books I’ve been reading lately, and I recommend them all. When Time Stopped by Arianna Neuman is an astonishing memoir about a woman born in Venezuela who painstakingly chased down the
story of her father’s life after he died. She found out that he was a Czechoslovakian Jew who somehow managed to find his way to Berlin during World War II and hide in a chemical plant under the nose of the
Nazis. His Truth Is Marching On by Jon Meacham is the poignant, uplifting story of Congressman John Lewis and this time. Meacham writes with wonderful, intimate detail and includes an Afterword that was written by Lewis himself just before his death. Isabel Wilkerson’s latest work is Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, and it is the kind of book that people will be talking about for years. She looks at America’s race problem in a profound and enlightening way that is almost certain to make it into the national dialogue.

Thanks everyone for your support of my book and for your support of Book Passage.


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Joe Clifford in conversation with Jennifer Hillier - The Lakehouse (Virtual Event)

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 6:30pm

In conversation with Jennifer Hillier
Monday, September 28, 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET • Virtual Event

After being cleared of his wife’s murder, Todd Norman returns to her small Connecticut hometown in order to finish building their dream house by the lake. He is eager to restart his life and cast aside any remaining suspicious—but all of that is dashed when a young woman’s body washes up on the beach next door. When Tracy Somerset, divorced mother from the small town of Covenant, CT, meets a handsome stranger in a midnight Wal-Mart, she has no idea she is speaking with Todd Norman, the former Wall Street financier dubbed “The Banker Butcher” by the New York tabloids. The following morning, on the beach by Norman’s back-under-construction lakehouse, another young woman’s body is discovered. Sheriff Duane Sobczak’s investigation leads him to town psychiatrist Dr. Meshulum Bakshir, whose position at a troubled girls’ group home a decade ago yields disturbing ties to several local, prominent players, including a radical preacher, a disgraced politician, a down-and-out PI―and Sobczak’s own daughter.

Unfolding over the course of New England’s distinct four seasons, The Lakehouse is a domestic psychological thriller about the wayward and marginalized, the lies we tell those closest to us, and the price of forbidden love in an insular community where it seems everyone has a story to tell―and a past they prefer stay buried.

Joe Clifford is the author of five novels in his bestselling, Anthony Award-nominated Jay Porter series, as well as the acclaimed addiction memoir Junkie Love. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two sons. Visit him at and follow him at @joeclifford23.

Jennifer Hillier was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, lived in the Seattle area for years, and has just moved back to Toronto with her husband and son. She is the author of Wonderland, Creep, Jar of Hearts, and Little Secrets

David D. Burns, MD - Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 4:00pm

Tuesday, September 15, 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET • Virtual Event

Nearly 40 years ago, David D. Burns, MD, a pioneer in the development of cognitive therapy, wrote Feeling Good, a book with an uplifting message: When you change the way you THINK, you can change the way you FEEL. Since its debut, Feeling Good has sold more than 5 million copies, making a positive difference in the lives of countless people, and cognitive therapy has become the most popular and extensively researched form of psychotherapy in the world.

Now in Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety, Dr. Burns brings us a radical new approach that makes ultra-rapid recovery possible, even in a single two-hour book-therapy session. Feeling Great emerged from 40 years of research on how therapy actually works and is based on this paradoxical idea: Your negative thoughts and feelings are NOT the result of some defect, like a chemical imbalance in your brain or a “mental disorder,” but from what’s most beautiful and awesome about you and your core values. And the moment you realize this, recovery will be just a stone’s throw away.

In Feeling Great you will pinpoint and eliminate the powerful forces that keep you stuck; learn that your thoughts—and not the circumstances of your life—create all of your feelings; discover why depression and anxiety are the world’s oldest cons; crush the ten types of distorted thoughts that rob you of happiness and self-esteem; learn why self-acceptance is the greatest change a human being can make; and more.

David D. Burns, MD, is an Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. More than 50,000 mental health professionals have attended his workshops throughout the United States and Canada. His weekly Feeling Good Podcasts (approaching three million downloads) provide therapists and the general public alike with tips to overcome depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and habits and addiction. Dr. Burns lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit

Conversations with Authors - Rhys Bowen (Virtual Event)

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 4:00pm

Thursday, September 10th, 2021

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Cara Black

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Rhys Bowen‘s latest release, The Last Mrs. Summers, reunites mystery lovers with Lady Georgiana Rannoch, who is just back from her honeymoon with dashing Darcy O’Mara when a friend in need pulls her into a twisted Gothic tale of betrayal, deception and—most definitely—murder.

Rhys is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including The Victory Garden, The Tuscan Child, and the World War II-based In Farleigh Field, the winner of the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel. Her work has won twenty honors to date, including multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has fans around the world, including seventeen thousand Facebook followers. A transplanted Brit, Rhys divides her time between California and Arizona.

Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.


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Conversations with Authors - Carl Hiaasen (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 4:00pm

Conversations with Authors

Tues., September 8th, 2020 • 4:00pm PT• Live • Online

In conversation with Dave Barry

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Carl Hiaasen‘s new novel Squeeze Me is a hilarious story of social and political intrigue, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida’s gold coast.

Carl began writing novels in early 1980s with his good friend and fellow journalist, William D. Montalbano. Together they wrote three mystery thrillers—Powder Burn, Trap Line, and A Death in China—which borrowed heavily from their reporting experiences. Tourist Season, published in 1986, was Carl’s first solo novel. Since then, he has published Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue, and ten national bestsellers: Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl, Star Island, Bad Monkey, and Razor Girl. All the novels are set in Florida.

Carl is also the author of several popular novels for young readers: Hoot, which won a Newbery Honor; Flush; Scat; Chomp; Skink – No Surrender, which introduces one of the wildest characters in his adult books to a teen audience; and most recently, Squirm. He has also written three nonfiction books: Team Rodent, a wry but unsparing rant against the Disney empire and its grip on American culture; The Downhill Lie, which chronicles his ill-advised return to the sport of golf after a “much-needed” 32-year hiatus; and Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear, a collaboration with Roz Chast. He has also published three collections of his newspaper columns, Kick Ass, Paradise Screwed, and Dance of the Reptiles. For his journalism and commentary, Hiaasen has received numerous honors, including the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. His nonfiction work has appeared in many magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Time, Esquire, and Gourmet.

Dave Barry was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his syndicated newspaper column, which appeared in more than 500 newspapers. He has also written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business, and Insane City. Dave’s most recent books are Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland, Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog, and A Field Guide to the Jewish People, which he co-wrote with his friends Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel.


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Louise Penny in conversation with Shelagh Rogers - All the Devils Are Here (Virtual Event)

Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 12:00pm

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

Online • Live • 12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET

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On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.

When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded works of art.

It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades, and a gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear that the secrets are more rancid—the danger far greater and more imminent—than they realized. Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit, and in order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his past—and even his own family.

For the City of Light casts long shadows, and in that darkness devils hide.

Louise Penny is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast-journalist and the host and a producer of The Next Chapter, the award-winning CBC Radio program devoted to writing in Canada. In 2011, she received an Order of Canada for promoting Canadian culture and for advocacy in mental health, truth and reconciliation, and adult literacy. That same year, she was named an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is the co-editor of Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School, Reconciliation and the Way Forward, and Speaking My Truth: The Journey to Reconciliation, launched in Sioux Lookout this summer. She has received the Achievement in the Aboriginal Community Award by Native Counselling Services of Alberta. She holds honorary doctorates from six universities, and is the inaugural winner of the Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy. Shelagh is the 11th Chancellor of the University of Victoria. Her greatest honour comes from Richard Wagamese, who called Shelagh his “Chosen Sister.”

Nasty Woman Press Literary Extravaganza: Shatter Some Glass! (Virtual Event)

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

Sunday, September 20 • 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET • Hosted via Crowdcast • Free to attend!

Facilitator: Robin C. Stuart • Introduction/MC: Kelli Stanley

Meet some of the legendary, bestselling and critically acclaimed authors who donated time and work to Shattering Glass, the first non-profit anthology by non-profit publisher Nasty Woman Press! Discover why New York Times bestselling author Marcia Clark calls the collection "Moving, often poetic, and always compelling." All profits from this unique work are donated to Planned Parenthood!

Readers and Participants Include:

Robin C. Stuart (Facilitator)
Robin C. Stuart is a veteran cybercrime investigator and contributing author to the short story anthology, Fault Lines: Stories by Northern California Crime Writers. She consults on all things cyber security for Fortune 100 companies, authors, screenwriters, and media outlets including BBC and NowThis News. Robin is also a significant contributor to the Tech Interactive (formerly known as The Tech Museum of Innovation) acclaimed Cyber Detectives, one of the museum’s most popular permanent exhibits, which earned praise from the Obama Administration.
Kelli Stanley (Introduction/MC)
Kelli Stanley is the critically acclaimed and multiple-award winning author of the Miranda Corbie noir series set in 1940 San Francisco, including City of Dragons, City of Secrets, City of Ghosts, and City of Sharks. Other works include historical mysteries set in Roman Britain and numerous short stories and essays. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, her proudest achievements have been her inclusion as a literary heir of Dashiell Hammett by his granddaughter in Publisher’s Weekly, and her founding of Nasty Woman Press on November 9th, 2016. Her next novel is set in 1985 in Humboldt County, California.
Maria Alexander
Maria Alexander is a multiple award-winning author of horror and mystery fiction. Since 1999, her short fiction has appeared in critically acclaimed publications and anthologies. She also writes humorous mystery fiction under the pen name Quentin Banks. No Rhyme Goes Unpunished is her debut thriller satire. Death on the Argyle is due out Summer 2020. For more information, visit her website at
Eric Beetner
Eric Beetner is that writer you’ve heard about but never read. When you finally do, you wonder why you waited so long. There are more than 20 books like Rumrunners, All the Way Down, and The Devil Doesn’t Want Me, so you’d better get started. He also hosts the podcast Writer Types and the Noir at the Bar reading series in L.A.. He’s been described as “The 21st Century’s answer to Jim Thompson” (LitReactor), has been nominated for three Anthonys, an ITW award, Shamus, Derringer and 5 Emmys. Seriously, what are you waiting for?
Cara Black
Cara Black is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen of the Aimée Leduc investigations set in Paris, including the most recent, Murder in Bel-Air. The Wall Street Journal said of her Murder on the Left Bank, “Even after 17 books, Ms. Black has intriguing corners of Paris to reveal—from an enclave of ateliers once home to the likes of Gauguin and Rodin to a crime-ridden neighborhood where ‘no one wanted to be witnessed witnessing’.” She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity awards. In Paris she was awarded the Medaille de la Ville de Paris in recognition of her contributions to French culture. Cara gets to Paris whenever she can for research. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and dog. Find her at
Rhys Bowen
Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including The Victory Garden, The Tuscan Child, and the World War II-based In Farleigh Field, the winner of the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel. Bowen’s work has won twenty honors to date, including multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has fans around the world, including seventeen thousand Facebook followers. A transplanted Brit, Bowen divides her time between California and Arizona.
Angel Luis Colón
Angel Luis Colón is the Derringer and Anthony Award nominated writer of five books including his latest novel, Hell Chose Me. In his down time, he edits anthologies and produces The Bastard Title, a podcast featuring interviews with writers. Keep up with him on Twitter via @GoshDarnMyLife.
Wendy Corsi Staub
Wendy Corsi Staub is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 90 novels over a 27-year career. Her latest psychological suspense novels Little Girl Lost and Dead Silence (William Morrow) launched a psychological suspense trilogy that concludes with The Butcher’s Daughter. A three-time finalist for the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award, she’s won an RWA Rita Award, an RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense, the RWA-NYC Lifetime Achievement Golden Apple and been honored five times with the WLA Washington Irving Prize for Fiction. She lives in New York.

Allison A. Davis
Allison A. Davis writes poetry (most recently, Three Rooms Press Annual Dada Magazine, Maintenant 12 and 13), short stories, and is currently shopping her novel, But Not For Me. A background in journalism and art criticism, her day job is a senior partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, a national law firm.

Danny Gardner
Danny Gardner is a multi-award-nominated author of genre fiction, including A Negro and an Ofay, his debut mystery novel. In another world, he is a stand-up comedian and screenwriter, and also the founder of Bronzeville Books. Born and raised in the Chi, he lives and works in Los Angeles.
Heather Graham
Heather Graham is a legendary New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two hundred novels and novellas, published in twenty-five languages. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations, including the Silver Bullet and prestigious Thriller Master awards from the International Thriller Writers and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America. Heather’s books have been selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and she has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today, and has appeared on many newscasts including Today and Entertainment Tonight.
Rachel Howzell Hall
Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the bestseller They All Fall Down (Forge), writes the acclaimed Lou Norton series. She is also co-author of The Good Sister with James Patterson, which was included in the New York Times bestseller The Family Lawyer. She is on the board of directors for the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and lives in Los Angeles. Her next novel And Now She’s Gone will be published September 2020.
Libby Fischer Hellmann
Libby Fischer Hellman left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Twelve novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. With the addition of Jump Cut in 2016, her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between Desperate Housewives and 24; the hard-boiled 4-volume Georgia Davis PI series; and three stand-alone historical thrillers that Libby calls her “Revolution Trilogy.” Last fall The Incidental Spy, a historical novella set during the early years of the Manhattan Project at the U of Chicago was released. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s 25 Criminally Good Short Stories collection.  In 2005 Libby was the national president of Sisters In Crime, a 3500 member organization dedicated to the advancement of female crime fiction authors.

Toni L.P. Kelner
Toni L.P. Kelner is actually two authors in one. As Toni, she’s written eleven mystery novels and co-edited seven anthologies with Charlaine Harris. She won the Agatha for Best Short Story, and has been nominated for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer. As Leigh Perry, she writes the Family Skeleton mysteries featuring adjunct professor Georgia Thackery and her pal Sid, an ambulatory family skeleton. The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking is the most recent.

James L'Etoile
James L'Etoile uses his twenty-nine years behind bars as an influence in his novels, short stories, and screenplays. He is a former associate warden in a maximum-security prison, a hostage negotiator, facility captain, and director of California’s state parole system. He is a nationally recognized expert witness on prison and jail operations. He has been nominated for the Silver Falchion for Best Procedural Mystery, and The Bill Crider Award for short fiction. His published novels include At What Cost, Bury the Past, and Little River: The Other Side of Paradise.

Catriona McPherson
Catriona McPherson is the national best-selling and multi-award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series of preposterous detective stories, set in her native Scotland in the 1930s. She also writes darker contemporary standalone suspense and has recently begun the Last Ditch trilogy, loosely based on her immigrant experience in a northern California college town. Catriona is a proud lifetime member and former national president of Sisters in Crime, committed to advancing equity and inclusion for women, writers of color, LGBTQ+ writers and writers with disability in the mystery community.

Travis Richardson
Travis Richardson is originally from Oklahoma and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. He has been a finalist and nominee for the Macavity, Anthony, and Derringer short story awards. He has two novellas and his short story collection, Bloodshot and Bruised, came out in late 2018. Find out more at
Kaira Rouda
Kaira Rouda is an award-winning journalist and marketing executive best known for creating the first women consumer focused real estate brand, “Real Living.” Her first book, Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs encourages women to put their passions into action and create the life of their dreams. She took her own advice, began writing novels, and is now an international bestseller. She lives in Southern California with her family. Her latest book is The Favorite Daughter. Visit for more.
Clea Simon
Clea Simon is a former journalist and the Boston Globe-bestselling author of three nonfiction books and more than two dozen mysteries. While the majority of these (like her most recent, An Incantation of Cats) are amateur sleuth mysteries, she also writes darker crime fiction, like the rock and roll suspense novel World Enough, which was named a “must read” by the Massachusetts Book Awards. Her upcoming psychological suspense Hold Me Down returns to the music world, focusing on sexual abuse and recovery, as well as love in all its forms. She can be reached at
Alexandra Sokoloff
Alexandra Sokoloff is the Thriller Award-winning, Bram Stoker, and Anthony Award-nominated author of thirteen bestselling supernatural and crime thrillers. The New York Times has called her “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” As a screenwriter she has sold original scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios. She is also the author/presenter of the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks, workshops, and blog. Her Thriller Award-nominated Huntress Moon series follows a haunted FBI agent on the hunt for a female serial killer, smashing genre clichés and combatting the rise of violence against women on the page, screen and life.
Jacqueline Winspear
Jacqueline Winspear is the creator of the New York Times and National Bestselling series featuring psychologist and investigator, Maisie Dobbs. Her first novel—Maisie Dobbs—received numerous award nominations, including the Edgar Award for Best Novel and the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. It was a New York Times Notable Book and a Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten Pick. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2015. In 2019 Jacqueline published her 16th novel, The American Agent, and a non-fiction book, What Would Maisie Do? a journal featuring excerpts from the Maisie Dobbs’ series.

Nasty Woman Press
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Conversations with Authors - Mary Ladd & Don Asmussen (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 4:00pm

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Michael Krasny

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Mary Ladd‘s The Wig Diaries is an irreverent cancer book, delivered with bold gallows humor to intimately address the gravity of cancer. Illustrated by San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Don Asmussen, this uniquely fresh and modern black comedy covers and pokes fun at everything from diagnosis to treatment to medical bills.

Mary‘s writing has appeared in Playboy, Time Magazine, Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and in five anthologies, including Lit Starts: Writing Humor and the best-selling 642 Things series. You may have seen her onstage at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Breast Cancer Action, Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) and Litquake. She is a Writers Grotto member who collaborated with Anthony Bourdain on his Bay Area episodes of No Reservations.

Don is the creator of Bad Reporter, a twice-weekly political comic strip in the San Francisco Chronicle that is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate, and is the author of Dog vs. Cat: A Nation Divided and The San Francisco Comic Strip Book of Big-Ass Mocha.

Michael Krasny is the host of the award winning KQED FORUM, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology.


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Conversations with Authors - Pramila Jayapal (Virtual Event)

Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 4:00pm

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Meena Harris

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Pramila Jayapal’s Use the Power You Have offers a wealth of ideas and inspiration for a new generation of engaged citizens interested in fighting back and making change, whether in Washington or in their own communities.

Pramila is the Congresswoman who represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas. The first Indian American woman in the House of Representatives, Pramila has spent nearly thirty years working internationally and domestically as an advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Meena Harris was born into a family of strong women whose legacy continues to inspire her. Her grandmother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a cancer researcher and civil rights activist; her mother, Maya Harris, is a lawyer and policy expert; and her aunt, Kamala Harris, is a United States senator from California and the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election. Meena herself is a lawyer and entrepreneur. In 2017 she founded the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, a female-powered organization that brings awareness to social causes. She currently resides in San Francisco with her partner and two daughters.

Meena’s Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea—an empowering picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change—is inspired by a true story from the childhood of her aunt, US Senator Kamala Harris, and mother, lawyer, and policy expert Maya Harris.


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