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|AAUW Event with Sharrie Williams|
Please join us on Saturday, November 5 at 5 pm for an event with Sharrie Williams, author of The Maybelline Story. This event is sponsored by the Laguna Beach chapter of AAUW.
More than a memoir, this book is a family saga that spans four generations and reveals the humanity, glamour, and seedy underside of a family intoxicated by the quest for wealth, power, and perfection. The author will bring the fascinating story to life with a Powerpoint presentation using vintage family photos. Sharrie, once a resident of Laguna Beach, is looking forward to being back in Laguna Beach. Light refreshments will be served.
Throughout the 20th century, the Maybelline Company inflated, collapsed, endured, and thrived in tandem with the nation's upheavals -- as did the family that nurtured it. Now, after nearly a century of silence, this true story celebrates the life of an American entrepreneur, a man whose vision rocketed him to success along with the woman held in its orbit, Evelyn Boecher -- who became his lifelong fascination and muse. Evelyn masterminded a life of vanity, but would fall prey to fortune hunters and a mysterious murder that even today remains unsolved.
A fascinating and inspiring story of ambition, luck, secrecy -- and surprisingly, above all, love and forgiveness, this is a tale both epic and intimate, alive with the clash, the hustle, the music, and dance of American enterprise.
Sharrie Williams, heir to the Maybelline legacy, is Tom Lyle Williams great-niece and Evelyn Boecher Williams granddaughter. Growing up in their homes, and steward of the vast Maybelline archives, Williams tells the story of the birth of the Maybelline empire and dishes intimate and never-before-told details about the fascinating family dynasty behind it.
|UC Irvine MFA Program Reading|
Please join us on Sunday, November 6 at 5 pm for a special reading. The UC Irvine MFA Reading Series is a program designed to allow current first and second year fiction and poetry writers to showcase their original work to an audience of their peers and literature enthusiasts alike. The reading on November 6 will feature pieces by poets Miguel Murillo and Joshua Cornwell and fiction writers Justin Lee and Eugenie Montague, all first year students in the program.
For more information on the reading series or the MFA program, please visit the website.
|Pen on Fire Event with Merrill Markoe & Karen Karbo|
This monthly salon, hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, features authors, literary agents, and others involved in the field of writing. Set in the atmospheric Scape Gallery in Corona del Mar, the salon is a mecca for literary devotees who listen to readings, take part in discussions, and attend book signings.
Join the salon on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 pm when authors Merrill Markoe and Karen Karbo visit to discuss their books. They'll also talk about crafting nonfiction, and because they both write and publish fiction as well, they'll talk about how one genre feeds another, and the differences in writing each.
Emmy Award-winning writer Merrill Markoe lives in Los Angeles, California, the garden spot of America, with four dogs and a man. She has worked as a writer in pretty much every writing arena except instructional manuals, because she doesn't know that much about how things work. Merrill returns to the Salon to talk about her brand new book of essays, Cool, Calm and Contentious. In addition, she has written three other books of humorous essays, and the novels Nose Down, Eyes Up; Walking in Circles Before Lying Down; and It's My F---ing Birthday.
She has also co-written (with Andy Prieboy) the novel The Psycho Ex Game. A lot of additional information about her work history -- including a long bio, goofy videos, etc. -- can be found at merrillmarkoe.com. She is also on Facebook under her own name and at Twitter (@merrillmarkoe). Here's a funny book promo that Merrill created.
Karen Karbo's first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Village Voice Top Ten Book of the Year. Her other two adult novels, The Diamond Lane and Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me, were also named New York Times Notable Books. Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was an New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics' Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, The New York Times, salon.com and other magazines. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a winner of the General Electric Younger Writer Award.
How Georgia Became O'Keeffe is the third and final installment in what she calls her kick ass women trilogy. How to Hepburn published in 2007, was hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "an exuberant celebration of a great original"; The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, published in 2009, was a Bookscan bestseller (and some of you may remember Karen from two summers ago when she visited the Salon to talk about that book). Karen grew up in Los Angeles, and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to kick ass.
$20.00 includes nibbles, sips, and sometimes cake. Advance tickets are required to guarantee a seat. Walk-ins are discouraged as seating is limited. Tickets are available through the Pen on Fire website.