‘Read the Book, Meet the Author’ returns

The popular Ridge Writers spring series “Read the Book, Meet the Author” returns on first Thursday afternoons this March, April and May, with three highly acclaimed authors.

For each event, participants buy and read the featured title in advance so that they can discuss it with its creator over tea and scones at My Enchanted Cottage, 214 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. The 2017 program presents Mary Sojourner and her novel “29” on March 2, Denise Hamilton and “Savage Garden” on April 6 and Linda O. Johnson and “Bite the Biscuit” on May 4.

Sojourner’s “29,” set in Twentynine Palms, tells of huge and volatile minds, impossible longing, sacred trails, wildlife and solar and wind power farms.

Hamilton’s “Savage Garden” stars reporter/sleuth Eve Diamond and L.A.’s theater community. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the book “rises above the level of an ordinary detective novel to become a vibrant, powerful and relevant story.” Johnson’s “Bite the Biscuit,” a “Barkery & Biscuit Mystery,” combines intrigue, romance and puppy treats.

Each afternoon program includes the book, tea, scones, conversation with the author, autograph, and entry in a door-prize drawing. Tickets are available at $35 per ticket, at Red Rock Books, 206 W. Ridgecrest Blvd., 760-375-3454.

Authors give one afternoon program, 2 p.m. at My Enchanted Cottage, and a different one in the evening for the Ridge Writers’ general meeting at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 6:30 p.m. The evening meeting is free and open to the public.

Ridge Writers is the East Sierra branch of the 108-year-old California Writers Club. To learn more, see cwc-ridgewriters.com, facebook.com/RidgeWriters, and calwriters.org.

Story First Published: 2017-02-03