Tanya Egan Gibson, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, and C.W. Gortner
Celebrate with us to Share the Joy of Reading
Thursday, October 15th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The San Francisco chapter of Women's National Book Association is proud to announce a special event at Book Passage's Corte Madera location, celebrating National Reading Group Month this October. Please join us for this exceptional reading group of three authors, all local members of Women's National Book Association: C.W. Gortner (The Last Queen), Kathi Kamen Goldmark (And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You), and Tanya Egan Gibson (How to Buy a Love of Reading).
C.W. Gortner will bring insight into his intriguing and highly adventurous historical novel, The Last Queen, and what's next from him. Kathi will read about one fabulous character (her health-food-obsessed mom, Betty) from both a fictional and a nonfiction perspective. Kathi warns, "Bring your own wheat grass juice." Tanya will read and talk about writing her critically acclaimed debut novel, How to Buy a Love of Reading, where you're sure to fall in love with reading all over again. We aren't suggesting the love of reading is something to be bought, but we know you'll be inspired to buy these authors' praise-worthy books.
The Women's National Book Association launched National Reading Group Month in October of 2007 to celebrate the organization's ninetieth birthday. This year, WNBA will continue its tradition of promoting women and the book and literacy in general by hosting events in their chapter cities: Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
WNBA-SF is a non-profit organization that fosters professional development and exposure of our members through a variety of book-related programs, workshops, and hands-on opportunities to make valuable contacts and connections that are beneficial at any stage of one's career. WNBA-SF is part of a National network promoting the value of books and reading since 1917 throughout ten chapters stretching from coast to coast. Annual Membership is $45.
Many thanks to our partner for this event, Whole Foods Market, for providing specialty foods.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Kathi Kamen Goldmark is the author of And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You, a novel; co-author of The Great Rock & Roll Joke Book, and Mid-Life Confidential: the Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude; and has contributed essays to several anthologies-including Feed Me! (edited by Harriet Brown). With her husband, Sam Barry, she writes a monthly aspiring-writer-advice column in BookPage called "The Author Enablers." A 2007 San Francisco Library Laureate and winner of the 2008 National Women's Book Association award, Kathi is the founder and a member of the all-author rock band the Rock Bottom Remainders, president and janitor of "Don't Quit Your Day Job" Records, Author Liaison for many high-profile literary events-including Book Group Expo and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library annual Laureates Dinner-and the producer of the nationally-distributed radio show West Coast Live.
Tanya Egan Gibson was born and raised on Long Island's south shore, the"Egg"-less side of the island Fitzgerald didn't write about. She earned a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.A. from the University of Washington. She began writing How to Buy a Love of Reading ten years ago, while teaching high school English. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.
C. W. Gortner is the author of The Last Queen (Ballantine Books). This book takes a look at the life of Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country's throne, and it is highly praised by Publisher's Weekly. Half-Spanish by birth, Gortner holds an M.F.A. in writing, with an emphasis on historical studies, from the New College of California and has taught university courses on women of power in the Renaissance. He was raised in Málaga, Spain, and now lives in California. He is currently at work on his next book, which is about Catherine de Medici and will be released by Ballantine Books in 2010.
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