Ridge Writers launch ‘Read the Book, Meet the Author’
Ridge Writers will kick off “Read the Book, Meet the Author” at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at My Enchanted Cottage & Tea Room, 214 West Ridgecrest Blvd. Open to the public, this innovative three-part series begins when Ann Parker visits with readers over tea and scones to discuss her acclaimed novel “Silver Lies”— listed one of the 10 best mysteries of the year by both Publishers Weekly and The Chicago Tribune, and winner of the Willa Literary Award for Best Historical Fiction.
According to Ridge Writers president Gary Hareland, “This is a new idea. For years we’ve hosted widely published authors and other accomplished presenters, who spoke on the first Wednesday evening of each month. Then they sold and signed books at the end of their programs. Also, totally unrelated to Ridge Writers, Ridgecrest has had several successful groups where people would read designated books then get together and discuss them with each other. Now we’ll combine the two approaches. Participants will read the books in advance, then get together with the people who wrote them to talk about them in detail, and they’ll leave with personally autographed books.”
The remaining two titles in the three-month schedule will be Robin Maxwell, April 3, author of “Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan”; and Michael Mallory, May 1, “The Stratford Conspiracy.” Participants should sign up at Red Rock Books far enough in advance to give the bookstore time to order the books and themselves enough time to read them. The cost of $35 per program includes the book, tea and scones at My Enchanted Cottage & Tea Room and a seat for the event. Each participant will also receive one entry per attended session for a gift basket drawing. The prize will be awarded at the end of the May 1 gathering.
“This will not replace our evening meetings,” said Hareland. “People can do one or both. Even though our afternoon speaker will be the evening speaker too, content will be very different. Like our evening meetings, these afternoon book discussions are definitely not limited to members. The public is welcome and we want them to come. Depending on the level of community support, we have another series planned for the fall.”
Ridge Writers (www.ridge-writers.org) is the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club that began in the Bay Area between Jack London and his friends 104 years ago. Evening meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of each month at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. Admission to the evening general meetings is free.Story First Published: 2013-02-13