Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Reading & Book Signing at Books Inc. 5 Authors

WNBA with Cahterine and Julia

At Max’s Opera Cafe, Catherine Bramkcamp, WNBA member, master podcaster, and author. Julia Park Tracey, WNBA member and moderator for this event. I’m sitting at the far end.

 

Books, Inc hosted WNBA for “An Atmospheric Afternoon” of readings and book signings with five authors.  Before the event a few WNBA members and the authors met for lunch at Max’s Opera Cafe across the mall entrance from Book, Inc. at Opera Plaza in San Francisco. I chatted with Lucy Sanna and Kelli Estes. Lucy’s The Cherry Harvest takes place in Door County, Wisconsin, my home state, in 1944. Few people know World War II German POW’s were put to work in a Wisconsin farm community. An interaction with one of the families brings “dark and unexpected consequences.”

 

Kelli lives near Seattle with her husband and two sons. For The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, Kelli’s protagonist learns about Mei Lien’s life when Chinese residents were driven from their homes a century ago. The back cover of her debut book states, “Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’s brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.”

 

Janis Cooke Newman’s A Master Plan for Rescue is set in 1942 New York and Berlin. Her story is about a boy and a man who combine grief and magical thinking to bring their loved ones back, if only in spirit. A beautiful tale, propelled by history and imagination.

 

Carolina De Robertis’ protagonist in The Gods of Tango is a seventeen-year-old who leaves her family and a small village, but under dire circumstances she masters the violin  to make a living in Buenos Aires. Women were not allowed to be a musician in the salons of high society. The girl disguises herself as a man, “jeopardizing not only her music career, but her life itself.”

 

Kathryn Ma’s The Year She Left Us involves “four powerful, intertwining stories of accomplishment, tenacity, secrets, loneliness, and love.” The eighteen-year-old, Ari, visits the orphanage in China where she lived before being adopted and it plunges her into a “self-destructive spiral.” The story “explores the promise and pain of adoption, the price of assimilation and achievement, and the debt we owe to others and to ourselves.”

 

Which one to read first is hard to choose.

 

Lucy reading 2

Lucy Sanna THE CHERRY HARVEST

Kelli at the micc

Kelli Estes THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK

Carolina The Gods of Tango

Carolina De Robertis THE GODS OF TANGO

Janis' turn

Janis Cooke Newman A MASTER PLAN FOR RESCUE

Kathryn laughing

Kathryn Ma THE YEAR SHE LEFT US

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