Literary happenings this week (including Stories on Stage!) & coming up; a call for submissions; Squaw Valley Community of Writers fundraiser reading June 22

Writers, readers and friends!

As always, there is much literariness to be had this week in the Valley. Enjoy this sampling of offerings!



London-based mystery writer Caroline Lawrence to speak at Sacramento libraries WEDNESDAY, April 25

The Sacramento Public Library hasinvited award-winning, London-based author Caroline Lawrence to share her loveof the past, which she combines with mystery and surprise in her excitingdetective novels for children, at a free program. The author will appear on Wednesday, April 25 at 1:00 pm at the Del Paso Heights Library, 920 GrandAvenue and at 6:30 p.m. at the Ella K. McClatchy branch, 2112 22nd Street,Sacramento.

Adults are welcome to this livelydiscussion with the woman who dreamed up the quirky P.K. Pinkerton, herodetective of the new, humorous Western Mysteries series.

Lawrence is the author of the RomanMysteries, a series of detective novels for children. Her new book, The Case ofthe Deadly Desperados, is her first in the Western Mysteries series that hasreceived starred reviews.

For more information, pleasetelephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.orgor


This Thursday, April 26th, 7:00pm

Phenomenal Amble Magnetism
Poet Desmond Preston

On Thursday 4/26 at 7:00pm Time Tested Books will host poet & filmmaker Desmond Preston for a reading and signing of his first collection of poetry, Phenomenal Amble Magnetism. Desmond’s work “explores the magnetism between those of us who stand out and those of us who blend in . . . challenging the conventions of not only poetry, but the poets themselves.”

More here.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.


STORIES ON STAGE this Friday, 7:30 pm, Sacramento Poetry Center – donation $5

Lindsey Crittenden author of the story collection The View From Here & memoir The Water Will Hold You and emerging writer Julia Halprin Jackson, featuring actors Pam Metzger and Benjamin Ismail.

Sacramento Poetry Center 1719 25th St (@R)


Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series

presents a *fantastic* lineup of readers on the theme Unforgotten May 10 at Studio 333 in Sausalito, 7-9pm. $5. Join as these authors create another unforgettable night. That’s Why There are Words.

The evening’s lineup includes Daniel Handler, Lysley Tenorio and many other fine writers of prose! I hope to attend. See you there?



Mark your calendar!

Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Benefit 2012

Friday, June 22 7:00p

at Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

On Friday, June 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Kazim Ali, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Claudia Rankine, and C.D. Wright will read their poetry in Setzer Auditorium of the Crocker Museum in Sacramento (216 “O” Street). This benefit reading will raise money for the Poetry Scholarship Fund at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.




Working Title: Challenging Convictions: Survivors of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Writing on Solidarity with Prison Abolition.


Completed submissions due: DEADLINE EXTENDED: June 15, 2012.


Like much prison abolition work, the call for this anthology comes from frustration and hope: frustration with organizers against sexual assault and domestic violence who treat the police as a universally available and as a good solution; frustration with prison abolitionists who only use “domestic violence” and “rape” as provocative examples; and, frustration with academic discussions that use only distanced third-person case studies and statistics to talk about sexual violence and the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). But, this project also shares the hope and worth of working toward building communities without prisons and without sexual violence. Most importantly, it is anchored in the belief that resisting prisons, domestic violence, and sexual assault are inseparable.


Organizers of this anthology want to hear from survivors in conversation with prison abolition struggles. We are interested in receiving submissions from survivors who are/have been imprisoned, and survivors who have not.  Both those survivors who have sought police intervention, as well as those who haven’t, are encouraged to submit. We are looking for personal essays and creative non-fiction from fellow survivors who are interested in discussing their unique needs in anti-violence work and prison abolitionism.


Please submit first-person accounts, critical reflections, essays, and creative non-fiction byApril 15, 2012 JUNE 15, 2012 with “Submission” as the subject line.


Early submissions are encouraged. First time authors encouraged.


If you have questions, we welcome emails with “Question” in the subject line. We are looking for both shorter pieces of writing and longer pieces, but if your piece is more than 20 pages consider sending us an email to run the idea by us.


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