Friday, July 13, 2018

A Wave of Sant Barbara Book Events: The Bird Forgiveness Tour

Melinda Palacio


This week, I’m doing little experiment and posting from my new Ipad. In theory, I should be able to do everything my laptop does. However, it’s much clumsier to work on this device and I will keep this post short and simply announce this week’s readings, where you can catch the Bird Forgiveness tour and other events before they fly away. The first stop is today, the official start and book launch party. A dear friend is throwing me a party for my new book. I’m blessed and grateful to have such generous friends.

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 14, I put on my novelist hat and join three fiction writers at the Camarillo Library, Lida Sideris, Kim Troutte, and Sheila Lowe for a panel discussion on using real life events in fiction. Check it out at 2pm, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010. I’m looking forward to this event. It’s also near the outlets and the Marie Callender’s restaurant, a childhood favorite for their pies, cornbread, and pot pies. The panel is from 2-3pm.

Later in the evening, my friends from New Orleans, Jonathan Klein and Gina Ferrara are visiting and will be reading together at th Core Winery in Orcutt. Gina’ return to California is long awaited. She and Jonathan were supposed to read at the tasting room last year, but had to cancel. I had the pleasure of filling in for them. Core Winery is the center of the one-street town. Michael McLaughlin runs the monthly reading series, Live from the Core Poetry Series.

On Sunday, Gina Ferrara joins me the Poetry Zone. I’ve had a long relationship with Santa Barbara’s Poetry Zone. I was once the hostess of the series. I’m glad to see that it is still going strong. Sojourner Kincaid Rolle will host. If you love artificacts and old letters and papers, you’ll want to allow extra time to peruse the museum’s collection. Although the name says library, the Karpeles is more of a museum than library. As usual, our reading at th Karpeles includes refreshments and an open mic. All of this week’s literary offerings are free. The only one that is not open to the public is the private book launch party.
July 15 Poetry Zone Santa Barbara, Karpeles Manuscript Library 21 W Anapamu,
2pm, with Gina Ferrara

Finally, on Tuesday, I will be reading and signing books at Chaucer’s. Come and support a local bookstore.
July 17, Santa Barbara Chaucer's Books 7pm, Loreto Plaza3321 State Street, Santa Barbara

Next stop: July 25 at Octavia Books in New Orleans, 6pm. The Bird Forgiveness tour continues.

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