Jul
16
to Sep 29

Book Tour--CHIMES OF A LOST CATHEDRAL hits the road!

The Chimes of a Lost Cathedral book tour is shaping up beautifully! Check back periodically for updates.

If you would like to have a book signed, but are not able to attend a reading, you can preorder from these booksellers, get your book signed, and they’ll send it to you!

Wednesday July 10, TAHOE/OLYMPIC VALLEY, CA Squaw Valley Community of Writers Public Reading, 7 p.m. Ticketed event.

Tuesday, July 16 LOS ANGELES, CA Skylight Bookstore, Book launch! 7:30 p.m.

Thursday July 18 DALLAS, TX Interabang Books, 6 p.m.

Friday July 19 HOUSTON, TX Brazos Bookstore, 6:30 p.m.

Monday July 22 ATLANTA—DECATUR, GA Georgia Center for the Book Decatur First Baptist Church 7:15 p.m

Friday July 26 SACRAMENTO, CA Stories on Stage, Ticketed event benefiting by the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Staged reading plus interview with Beth Ruyak, Russian treats, music and souvenir Chimes vodka glasses! Doors at 7, event at 7:30. Books sold by books sold by Beers Books

Saturday July 27 CALISTOGA , CA Copperfields’ Books 7 p.m.

Sunday July 28 SAN FRANCISCO/MARIN—CORTE MADERA, CA Book Passage Literary luncheon. Ticketed event. Noon.

July 31 SAN DIEGO/NORTH COUNTY/LA JOLLA CA— Two events, afternoon at Santaluz Country Club San Diego (books sold by Warwick’s), and evening at Warwick’s Books, La Jolla. 7:30 p.m.

August 1 LOS ANGELES/PASADENA, CA— Vroman’s Books 7 p.m.

August 20, NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Pen On Fire Speakers’ Series with Barbara De Marco Barrett, Lido Village Books, 7 p.m.

September 14 PASADENA, CA — Pasadena Central Library Author Series, 3 p.m. Books sold by Vroman’s Books

September 20, PRESCOTT, AZ—Literary Southwest Writer’s Series at Yavapai College

September 28-29, WRIGHTWOOD, CA—Wrightwood Literary Festival

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Jul
8
to Jul 15

Squaw Valley Community of Writers

For a week, I will be teaching, reading, leading workshops, having one-on-one manuscript meetings with participants, joining in craft panels, and reading from my brand new novel, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, for the very first time. I was a participant at Squaw Valley in 1995, and have been staff there since the early 2000s. It is a home away from home, a class reunion, summer camp for writers—I hold my time spent up in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada dear. Have made lifelong friends there and continue to do so! If you’ have enrolled, I look forward to meeting you! And if you have not—check it out for next year! www.communityofwriters.org

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Jul
2
3:00 PM15:00

Publication Day, CHIMES OF A LOST CATHEDRAL

After the loves and betrayals of The Revolution of Marina M., young poet Marina Makarova finds herself alone amid the devastation of the Russian Civil War in the concluding volume of her epic journey, CHIMES OF A LOST CATHEDRAL. Pregnant and adrift, she is forced onto her own resourcefulness to find a place to wait out the birth of her child and then return to her beloved city—Petrograd.

But after two years of  revolution, the city that was once St. Petersburg is unrecognizable, haunted, half-emptied, the starving Capital of Once Had Been. Its streets teem with homeless children. Moved by their plight, though hardly better off herself, she takes on the challenge of caring for these orphans, until they become the tool of tragedy from an unexpected direction.

 Shaped by her country’s ordeals and her own—betrayal and privation and unimaginable loss—Marina evolves as a poet and a woman of sensibility and substance hardly imaginable at the beginning of her transformative odyssey

 Chimes of a Lost Cathedral culminates the saga of one woman’s journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century— the story of an artist who discovers her full power, passion, and creativity just as her revolutionreveals its true direction for the future.

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Jul
1
to Jul 5

Writer's Week, Idyllwild Arts

I will be participating in Writers’ Week at Idyllwild Arts’ in the mountains of Southern California as a visiting writer, talking about the art of writing dialogue in fiction. This is the make or break item of all fiction writing—the thing agents and editors look at first to see how well fiction writers have mastered their art form. I will also be reading from my brand new novel, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, which debuts on July 2, the second day of the conference. www.idyllwildarts.org

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

In Conversation with Saskia Vogel, on her debut, PERMISSION

I’ll be in conversation at West Hollywood’s Book Soup with my brilliant student Saskia Vogel, on the launch of her erotic debut novel, PERMISSION—a subtle and beautiful exploration of the sliding panels of desire, as a young actress, unbalanced by the accidental death of her father, becomes intrigued by a woman running a dungeon in the suburban house across the street.

Book Soup is located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard, in West Hollywood.

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Apr
5
to Apr 7

Writers' Retreat: DEVELOPING THE WRITER WITHIN: The Craft and Art of Fiction

A weekend writers’ retreat in the pines at Idyllwild, California.  

Daily life has an insidious way of disconnecting us from our creative impulses. This intensive retreat is intended to reconnect you with your creative sources, and explore aspects of fiction writing through discussions and generative exercises. We’ll see what comes up—nuts and bolts issues such as style, writing from the senses, structuring scene and story, the dialogue scene, and more intimate topics such as time management, fortitude, keeping inspiration alive and other issues.  So step aside from the daily grind and feed the writer within. To register, contact idyllwildarts.org/register

For More Information go to:

www.IdyllwildArts.com

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Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

STORIES BOOKSTORE: Reading and conversation with Sophia Shalmiyev

Reading with Sophia Shalmiyev (Mother Winter), a scorching, stylistically risk-taking memoir of her Russian childhood with her alcoholic mother in 1980s Leningrad—the same city where The Revolution of Marina M. is set—at the beginning of the revolution, rather than its dregs. Shalmiyev’s mother was declared unfit and at eleven, her father brings her to America. The conversation will be free-ranging, discussing Russia and motherhood, emigration and revolution, feminism and identity—moderated by Lisa Mechum, Senior Features editor of The Rumpus.

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Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

NEWPORT BEACH: SALON at LIDO VILLAGE BOOKS with David Francis

Part of the PEN ON FIRE Speakers Series hosted by Barbara DeMarco Barrett. David Francis (WEDDING BUSH ROAD) and I will be talking about our books and the art and craft of writing. David and I have been in writing group together since 2005 or so, so we both saw each other’s books born, the struggle to bring them in—heard each successive draft. It should be a very revealing conversation!

LIDO VILLAGE BOOKS

http://lidovillagebooks.com

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Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

BEYOND BAROQUE; READING AND SIGNING with Marci Vogel

I’ll be joining poet and now fiction-writer Marci Vogel at the renowned literary center Beyond Baroque in Venice Beach—celebrating it’s 50th year of operation! It’s a legend, all on its own.

I’lll be reading from THE REVOLUTION OF MARINA M.—appropriately, a novel of a poet’s coming of age—to celebrate its paperback release; with Marci (At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody, winner of the inaugural Howling Bird Press Poetry Prize) will be launching her brand-new novella from the very cool Melville House Press—Death and Other Holidays, which just won the inaugural Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize. Should be a great afternoon.

Regular admission. Members FREE.





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Sep
29
to Sep 30

HARBOR SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK, Harbor Springs, MI

Two panels at this spectacular Great Lakes resort.

SATURDAY, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. Lyric Theater

PANEL: STORIES OF WAR

With Jessica Shattuck, moderated by Terry Gable.

SUNDAY, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m., Lyric Theater

PANEL: NARRATING PLACE AND TIME

For tickets or more information on the Festival, contact: Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

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Jul
15
to Jul 20

PICO IYER/JANET FITCH ESALEN WORKSHOP, Big Sur, CA

The Traveler's Practice: Journey and Journal

The best trips continue long after we’ve returned home: in memory, in the stories we tell, and in the ways we reorient our lives. But how do we catch in words the light above the Seine, or the way the California coastline opens us up? How do we turn sights into lasting insights and use the landscape around us to unlock the treasures within? By keeping a travel journal, we can deepen our experiences and increase present-moment awareness. Writing can help us become our truest selves.

Join renowned writers Pico Iyer and Janet Fitch for an intimate exploration of your inner and outer worlds through the lens of travel writing. Pico and Janet will use readings, periods of silence, exercises, and spirited discussions to explore how to catch the smells of a souq in Morocco or the spaciousness of a Colorado mountain, and how to give life to the way they make you feel. If travel is recorded vividly and searchingly, it can be a way of waking up the senses and bringing us back to our deepest home. Invoking writers such as Annie Dillard, Henry Miller, Leonard Cohen, Anais Nin, and a chorus of others to inspire the group, you can discover how every trip can be a kind of transport and how writing about your travels can be the first step toward transformation.

To register, go to www.esalen.org

 

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May
19
4:15 PM16:15

LITFEST PASADENA

In Conversation with Chris Daley

I'll be taking the stage with the astute moderator Chris Daley to talk about the building of my novel The Revolution of Marina M., answering literary and craft questions at the Pasadena festival.

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Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

Panel: Epics Old & New

I hit the jackpot of panels at the LA Times Festival of books this year, when I'll be in the incredible company of Madeline Miller (Circe), Laila Lalami (The Moor's Account), AG Lombardo (Graffiti Palace).-- talking about The Revolution of Marina M. What epic panel could be without a Russian epic? Moderated by Chris Daley, so I know it's going to sparkle.  Hope to see you there!

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Mar
10
to Mar 11

TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, Tucson, AZ

Three panels: Event #1:
Indomitable
Saturday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am Location:Koffler Room 204
Panelists:Jim Fergus, Janet Fitch, Melody Winnower. Join these celebrated authors as they discuss indomitable characters who wrestle with grief, test the bonds of love, and refuse to be subdued or defeated by some of the most dramatic events of the centuries in which they live.

Event #2:
Perseverance
Location:Student Union Santa Rita
Sunday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Panelists:Jim Fergus, Janet Fitch, Shobha Rao
 

Event #3:
Fierce Women
Location:UA BookStore
Sunday, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Panelists:Melanie Benjamin, Jillian Cantor, Janet Fitch.  Moderator:Pam Treadwell-Rubin

The Tucson Festival of Books is held each year on the campus of the University of Arizona, Tucson. 

Tucson Festival of Books, March 10-11. 

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Mar
8
12:00 PM12:00

AWP 2018, TAMPA: Panel, "Structuring the Novel"

 Structuring the Novel: Methods, Approaches, Ideas.  (Janet FitchLindsey DragerChristian KieferMatthew SalessesDerek Palacio) The methods of structuring book-length fiction are as numerous as they are difficult, especially in an era where the very idea of the "novel" is being called into question. Bringing together a diverse group of panelists with very different methods of structure, this panel strives to offer concrete answers to your structuring questions. What method might work best for the novel you are writing? How best to move forward? To outline or not to outline? How much to plan? 

 

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Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

VROMANS BOOKSTORE, PASADENA, CA

Joint reading with Janet Fitch and Florencia Ramirez (Eat Less Water).

A joint reading and signing with environmental activist Florencia Ramirez, a "sister" from the AROHO Retreat in Abiquiu New Mexico, where I first met this remarkable young woman and learned about her project and her blog EAT LESS WATER .

Florencia has long been examining ways in which we can do more to preserve water in this time of climate change: better ways to grow our food, making more responsible (and surprising) choices in what we buy and how we see the future of water.

I wanted to do an event with her to celebrate her book, EAT LESS WATER, just published by Red Hen Press, as well as my own new book, THE REVOLUTION OF MARINA M. , and the radical power of women.

I hear craft tequila will be served! 

Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena CA 91101

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Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

UC RIVERSIDE PALM DESERT LOW-RESIDENCY MFA: Building a Literary Life

In this conversation with Jill Alexander Essbaum, I will be discussing my path to publication, the two films made from my books, the ten years I spent on The Revolution of Marina M., and how to sustain a career as a writer of literary fiction.

Available to current UCR MFA creative writing students and those considering applying for the program. See UCR Palm Desert MFA in Creative Writing website for more information.  

 

 

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