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October 2018

LitQuake!! Of Demons & Dreams. A Night of Memoir. San Francisco

October 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunday October 14th: OF DEMONS AND DREAMS. Assimilation, racism, escape, family dysfunction: the best memoirs confront both demons and dreams head-on. Tonight's readings touch on topics including the loss of a family fortune (host Frances Stroh), finding one’s voice in a new country (Reyna Grande), being seduced by Scientology (Sands Hall), going from broke poet to TV personality (Kari Byron), growing up as a mixed-race child in America (Julie Lythcott-Haims), triumphing over abuse and neglect (Regina Louise), and finding one's true home (Natalie Singer).

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LitQuake! San Francisco Porch Light Storytelling: Theme: ADVICE

October 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Thrilled and delighted to be taking part in this venerable storytelling series. Porch Light: Monday October 15: 8:00pm - 10:00pm (doors at 7:00) We could all stand to hear some wisdom and guidance right about now. The Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight storytelling series returns with "advice"-themed tales from Steve Almond, Dickson Lam, Sands Hall, Sisonke Msimang, Maggie Rowe, and Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin, the nation's oldest park ranger. Co-hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick. Music by Marc Capelle. Doors at…

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November 2018

Yeah, You Write! New York City

November 13, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Bo’s Kitchen and Bar, 6 W 24th Street
New York, NY United States
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Diagnosis: Literature! Join us at Bo's Kitchen and Bar on 24th Street! Honored to join Danielle Ofri, MD; Akhil Sharma; Rana Awdish, MD; and Judith Hannan, in speaking to how literature helps save lives. Sofia Landon will read from Oakley Hall III's JARRY AND ME during the Open Mic. Produced by the Arnold P Gold Foundation, and the marvelous Robin Martin and Lisa Kristel.

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March 2019

Robert J Carr Visiting Author— U of Illinois

March 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Honored to take part in The Robert J. Carr Visiting Author Series at the University of Illinois. I'll be reading from Flunk. Start. Reclaiming my Decade Lost in Scientology at The Author's Corner in the Union Bookstore. 

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November 2019

Paperback Launch! With JANE CIABATTARI at Books Inc. in Berkeley

November 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BOOKS INC. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, 94710 United States
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Deeply honored to be joined by beloved author and critic JANE CIABATTARI to launch the paperback of my memoir. We'll be in conversation at BOOKS INC. in Berkeley. Books Inc. is the West's Oldest Independent Bookstore.  

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CHEVALIER’S, Los Angeles: In conversation with MICHELLE LATIOLAIS

November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chevalier’s, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, 90004 United States
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I'm thrilled to be appearing at CHEVALIER'S, the oldest bookstore in Los Angeles, in conversation with the brilliant and lovely MICHELLE LATIOLAIS, author of—to name just two—the novel, She, and the collection The Widow. “Latiolais is as close to Alice Munro as a writer can get, but with a more modern edge.”—Los Angeles Times

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December 2019

SONGS FOR MIDWINTER (and other pleasures)

December 29, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street
Nevada City,
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In Songs for Midwinter, singer/songwriter and author Sands Hall weaves tales through her music and stories and her knowledge of myth and fairytale. Joining her in creating this evening of magic and mystery is a remarkable group of musicians and friends: Kit Bailey (percussion); Randy McKean (reeds, banjo); Maggie McKaig (guitar, accordion, vocals); and Gerry Pineda (bass). Also joining Sands for a few tunes is special guest Elena Rayo. The paperback of Sands’ memoir, Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology,…

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January 2020


January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Very much looking forward to reading from and speaking about my memoir in Sausalito's lovely community bookstore. Sands at Sausalito Books

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February 2020


February 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Thrilled to be in conversation with Maggie Rowe, author of SIN BRAVELY: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience, at SKYLIGHT BOOKS on Sunday, February 16th, 5 PM. Funny, wise, profound, and delightful describes her—and her wonderful book. So looking forward to the topics we'll cover! Oh, the places we'll go! Please join us.  

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May 2020

LIVESTREAM! Solo Concert at Wild Eye Pub

May 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sands Sings

Sands will be singing her tunes and talking about songwriting and wordsmithing and other topics close to her heart. Tune in from anywhere. https://www.facebook.com/events/289812875527741/

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