Fallbrook Celebrates New Library With Free Author Series

AUTHORS SPEAK! A Fallbrook Library Celebration

Fallbrook’s new county library is scheduled to open January 22, but the innovative project is already attracting booklovers — and writers. Six award-winning authors will celebrate in the days leading up to the grand opening with a series of presentations, AUTHORS SPEAK! A FALLBROOK LIBRARY CELEBRATION. The public is invited to the free series, which runs from January 9 through 14 in the Café des Artistes at Fallbrook Art Center.

A collaboration between the Friends of the Fallbrook Library and Fallbrook’s Writers Read, AUTHORS SPEAK! features authors with roots of one sort or another in the local area. They will talk about writing, take questions from the audience, and read from their books, which will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.

Kicking off the series, bestselling crime novelist T. Jefferson Parker will read Sunday, January 9 at 6 p.m. A Fallbrook resident, Parker has used Fallbrook and San Diego County settings in several of his 18 books, two of which have won Edgar Awards for Best Novel. The newest in his popular Charlie Hood series, The Border Lords, will be released the week of the author series.

Parker will be followed by Laura McNeal on Monday, January 10 at 7 p.m. McNeal is an award-winning author of young adult fiction and a National Book Award finalist for her most recent novel, Dark Water, a haunting coming-of-age story set in Fallbrook during the 2007 wildfires.

On Tuesday, January 11, at 7 p.m., award-winning journalist and San Diego-based author Sue Diaz will speak about her book, Minefields of the Heart: A Mother’s Stories of a Son at War, a collection of tender and sorrowful tales of Diaz’ son’s two deployments to the Iraq War and their effects on him and his family.

On Wednesday, January 12, at 7 p.m., Debra Ginsberg, novelist and memoirist, and her son Blaze Ginsberg, also a memoirist, will talk about their writing and autism activism. Debra’s new novel, The Neighbors Are Watching, is set in the 2007 wildfires. Blaze will read from his memoir Episodes: My Life as I See It.

The Thursday, January 13 event is a luncheon sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fallbrook, featuring a presentation by bestselling novelist Ann Patchett, whose family lives in Fallbrook. The event will be at the Grand Tradition, and lunch is $20. Advance reservations are required. Contact Doug Clements at 760-728-8577 or chertiq@yahoo.com.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout, a writing professor at the University of California San Diego, will conclude the AUTHORS SPEAK! series on Friday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at the Café des Artistes. She will read from her 2010 winning collection Versed and her new collection to be released by Wesleyan University Press in December, Money Shot.

The Café des Artistes and Fallbrook Art Center are at 103 S. Main Street in Fallbrook. Entrance to the Café is from the rear parking lot off Alvarado at Main. Seating at the Café events is on a first come, first serve basis.

Special thanks to Mysterious Galaxy bookstore, in San Diego, for providing books for the series.

For more information, contact Kit-Bacon Gressitt at 760-522-1064 or kbgressitt@gmail.com.