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June 2018

Reading: Copperfield’s Books, Novato

June 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Copperfield’s Books, Novato, 999 Grant Avenue
Novato, CA 94945 United States
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Delighted to be participating in WORDS OFF PAPER, a reading series moderated by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, author of Filling Her Shoes. I'll be appearing with fellow writers Christie Nelson, J Macon King, Jeb Stewart Harrison, and Bonnie Monte. Please join us!

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Reading: Prairie Lights, Iowa City, Iowa

June 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One of the best book stores in the world, and I am SO delighted to be here again. I'll be reading from FLUNK. START. and answering questions. Book signing to follow. I'll be in town all that week, teaching for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

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July 2018

MUSICAL MONDAYS at the Library: SONGBIRDS! with Maggie McKaig and Sally Ashcraft

July 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Delighted to be performing with Maggie McKaig and Sally Ashcraft as The Songbirds. We’ve been having such fun putting this set together, creating three part harmonies on a delightful variety of songs, by songwriters such as the McGarrigle Sisters, Elizabeth Cotton, Utah Phillips, and Richard Fariña, as well as a few originals by Maggie and Sands. We’ll be joined on a number of the tunes by Luke Wilson on banjo and dobro and Murray Campbell on violin and oboe: we…

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Reading: Squaw Valley Community of Writers: Fiction Writers Write Memoir

July 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community of Writers, Squaw Valley

Honored to be sharing this evening with these authors of fiction who've also recently published memoirs: Glen David Gold, Elizabeth Rosner, and Amy Tan. We'll be addressing the differences and similarities between the two, and reading briefly from our work. The evening will be moderated by the insightful Beth Ruyak of Insight fame, on Capital Public Radio (Northern California's NPR Affiliate). Please visit the Community of Writers Website for further information and to make a (recommended) reservation: https://communityofwriters.org/

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Reading & Discussion: FAIR USE and FLUNK. START.

July 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mammoth Lakes Library, 400 Sierra Park Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA United States
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Delighted to be asked by the Mammoth Lakes Library to talk about my play FAIR USE, which addresses the "Was it plagiarism?" controversy surrounding Wallace Stegner's use of the life, memoirs, and letters of 19th century writer/illustrator Mary Hallock Foote in creating his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ANGLE OF REPOSE. A number of the audience will have just finished reading Stegner's novel, and there will no doubt be spirited discussion. I'll also talk a bit and read from FLUNK. START. And,…

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September 2018

Ex-Scientology Author Convention: Las Vegas

September 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Suncoast Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV United States + Google Map

What a marvelous idea! Hosted by Janis Gilham Grady—author of Commodore's Messenger (Volume I: A Child Adrift in the Scientology Sea Organization and II: Riding Out the Storm with L. Ron Hubbard), about her years on the ship with Hubbard— this event brings together authors who were once Scientologists. Most of them held prestigious positions in the Church and yet found a way to leave. I'm honored to join them. Includes Bent Corydon, who wrote Messiah or Madman: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard (a…

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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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