Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Writers Read is a literary community. We bring diverse authors to our town and provide a venue for them to share and discuss with the audience their writing and their writing lives. We also encourage members of the public to express themselves creatively through open mic opportunities and occasional writing workshops.

2020 Schedule

•  Our readings are the second Tuesday of each month (except July and December, when we take a break to catch up on our reading), from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m., in the Fallbrook Library Community Room, 124 S. Mission.

•  We feature guest authors, discussions and book signings, preceded by open mic for original poetry, short fiction and short creative nonfiction.

•  For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at 760-522-1064 or kbgressitt@gmail.com.

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January 14, 2020


Karla Cordero

poet, educator, and performance artist

How to Pull Apart the Earth

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, January 14, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Karla Cordero will read from her poetry collection, How to Pull Apart the Earth (NOT A CULT, 2018), which was recognized as a 2019 San Diego Book Award winner and finalist for the 2019 International Book Awards.


A descendant of the Chichimeca peoples from Northern Mexico, Karla is a Chicana poet, educator, and activist, raised along the borderlands of Calexico, California. She is a two-time Pushcart nominee and was offered fellowships from VONA, Macondo, The Loft Literary Center, CantoMundo, and Pink Door Retreat.

Karla teaches creative writing and composition at San Diego City College and MiraCosta College, and she is the the author of the chapbook, Grasshoppers Before Gods (Dancing Girl Press, 2016).

How to Pull Apart the Earth will be available for sale and signing.

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

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February 11, 2020


Matt Coyle

author of

Lost Tomorrows

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, February 11, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook


Anthony Award-winning author Matt Coyle will read from his sixth book in the best-selling Rick Cahill crime novels, Lost Tomorrows.

Matt knew he wanted to be a crime writer when he was fourteen and his father gave him "The Simple Art of Murder," an essay by Raymond Chandler. Eventually graduating with a degree in English from University of California at Santa Barbara, Matt's foray into crime fiction was delayed for thirty years as he spent time managing a restaurant, selling golf clubs, and in national sales for a sports licensing company.

Writing at night for over a decade his debut novel, Yesterday’s Echo, was finally published in 2013. The wait was almost worth it as it won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, and the Ben Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction.

Lost Tomorrows will be available for sale and signing.

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

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March 10, 2020


March is Women's History Month

Join us for a shared reading of women's stories

Featuring poets Kathy O'Fallon and Penny Perry.



Date: Tuesday, March 10, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Bring your favorite celebration of a woman to share, in poetry or prose.


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

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April 14, 2020: Sadly, this event is cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19


The Student Writers of Palomar College's Bravura Literary Magazine

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: 
Tuesday, April 14, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Join us for a literary evening in support of Palomar's students and creative writing program.

More information to come.


Contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.

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May 12, 2020

It's an All Open Mic Night! This event is cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, May 12, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Join us for our annual All Open Mic Night, featuring YOU!

Bring your poetry and prose of any theme and genre. We’ll read until the lights go off.


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


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June 9, 2020. This event is also cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19

 

T. Greenwood

author of the novel

Keeping Lucy

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, June 9, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook


T. Greenwood grew up in rural Vermont. She began writing stories at seven years old and wrote her first "novel" at nine on her dad's giant blue electric typewriter. Her thirteenth novel, Keeping Lucy, published by St. Martin's Press in August 2019.

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson's heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded." Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on.

But two years later, when Ginny's best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth—and, for the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy.

T. Greenwood has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council. She has won three San Diego Book Awards. Five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks. Bodies of Water was finalist for a Lambda Foundation award.

She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer's Ink and online for The Writer's Center. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA with their two daughters during the school year and spend their summers at her family's camp on Newark Pond in Vermont.

Keeping Lucy will be available for sale and signing.

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

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July 2020: There is no July Writers Read, because we'll be at the beach, reading a book. Join us!

 

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August date to be announced

Join us for a discussion with

T. Jefferson Parker

author of the PI Roland Ford series new release

Then She Vanished


Date: date to be announced, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

>>Please note, there is no open mic this evening.

Three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker launches the fourth book in his PI Roland Ford series, Then She Vanished.

Private Investigator Roland Ford has taken a job for a fellow Marine and a rising politician, Dalton Strait. Strait is contending with unexplained bombings of government buildings in his district...but that is not why he hired Ford. Strait's wife, Natalie, has gone missing, leaving behind a cryptic plea for help. Strait has made many enemies during his time in politics--including some of his own family members--all of whom could be looking for revenge. But as Ford digs into the details of a troubled marriage, Natalie's disappearance becomes more and more complicated.

Meanwhile, the bombings in the city intensify, with a mysterious group known only as the Chaos Committee claiming responsibility. Ford soon learns that the seemingly random attacks may be connected to the case he's on--and suddenly, his hunt for a missing woman might decide the fate of an entire city.

Then She Vanished will be available for sale and signing.

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

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September 8, 2020

Neal Griffin

author of the novel

The Burden of Proof

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, September 8, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Neal Griffin knows street crime as only a cop can: he's a 25-year veteran of law enforcement and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Neal's debut novel, Benefit of the Doubt, published by Forge Books, spent two months on the L.A. Times Bestseller list.

In The Burden of Proof (Forge Books, May 12, 2020), his fourth thriller, Neal explores the complex web of family ties, loyalty to friends, and ambition. This is the story of Omar Ortega, an eighteen-year-old student living in the barrio of Vista, California. Omar has spent years occupying the hazardous middle lane of barrio street justice, a virtual no-man’s-land between two opposing forces. On one side are the cops, who see Omar as an enemy; on the other side are the gangsters who think the time has come for Omar to "jump in." When his father is deported, Omar becomes head of the family, and he has a plan to get them out of the barrio—until one night, when everything goes wrong.

The Burden of Truth will be available for sale and signing. Read an excerpt here.

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

 

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October 13, 2020

To be announced

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November 10, 2020

Veterans' Writing Group of San Diego County

reading from the group's collections

followed by a panel discussion

 

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Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, Nov 10, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook


The Veterans' Writing Group of San Diego County is a group of military veterans who meet monthly in North County to share their lives and stories. "Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always ringing true."

Join them at Writers Read, where you can laugh, cry and live out their experiences with them as they read from their two published collections, Listen Up! Things I learned from the Military (2018) and Away For The Holidays (2016).

The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the authors, and the group's books will be available for sale and signing.

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

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There is no December 2020 reading—give the gift of a book!—so we'll see you Tuesday, January 12th for the first Writers Read of 2021.

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