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Join us for our April 30th Literary Tea!

Join acclaimed authors Kerry Kletter, Nina Revoyr, and Rufi Thorpe as they share their novels—stories that explore coming-of-age and the intersection of geography and identity—during an afternoon of lunch buffet and desserts.

Where: Joan Jackson Residence in Brentwood, CA
When: Sunday, April 30th
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
RSVP and Directions: Liz Donatelli – liz@lizdpublicity.com

Please Select:

There is limited seating! Please reserve your spot early by paying on our website.

Costs: $10 (+ $1 processing fee) for members - $15 (+$1 processing fee) for non-members/guests

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Flintridge Bookstore.

Featured Authors:

Kerry Kletter, The First Time She Drowned

Kerry Kletter has had a lifelong passion for story. She holds a degree in literature and has an extensive background in theater, having appeared in film, television, and onstage.

When not writing, Kerry can be found surfing, running, working with animals, or singing loudly in her car while stuck in LA traffic.

A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Kerry now lives in Santa Monica, California, with her partner, screenwriter David Zorn. The First Time She Drowned is her debut novel.

About The First Time She Drowned:
Cassie O'Malley has been trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically—since birth. It's been two and a half years since Cassie's mother dumped her in a mental institution against her will, and now, at eighteen, Cassie is finally able to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms.

But freedom is a poor match against a lifetime of psychological damage. As Cassie plumbs the depths of her new surroundings, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie's childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is real? And more important, whose life must she save?

A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.

"Sentence by sentence . . . one of the most lyrical novels I've ever read. Haunting and exquisite." — Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything


Nina Revoyr, Southland

Nina Revoyr was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white American father, and grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of five novels: The Necessary Hunger, Southland (an Edgar Award finalist), The Age of Dreaming (a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize), Wingshooters (an O: Oprah Magazine's "Book to Watch For"), and most recently, Lost Canyon.

Until recently, Nina was executive vice president and chief operating officer of a nonprofit organization serving children affected by violence and poverty in Los Angeles. She now works in philanthropy, as part of a comprehensive effort to improve economic mobility for low-income children and their families. Nina has been an Associate Faculty member at Antioch University, and a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Occidental College, and Pitzer College. She lives in Northeast Los Angeles with her spouse and their dogs.

About Southland:
Southland brings us a fascinating story of race, love, murder and history, against the backdrop of an ever-changing Los Angeles. A young Japanese-American woman, Jackie Ishida, is in her last semester of law school when her grandfather, Frank Sakai, dies unexpectedly. While trying to fulfill a request from his will, Jackie discovers that four African-American boys were killed in the store Frank owned during the Watts Riots of 1965. Along with James Lanier, a cousin of one of the victims, Jackie tries to piece together the story of the boys' deaths. In the process, she unearths the long-held secrets of her family's history.

Southland depicts a young woman in the process of learning that her own history has bestowed upon her a deep obligation to be engaged in the larger world. And in Frank Sakai and his African-American friends, it presents characters who find significant common ground in their struggles, but who also engage each other across grounds—historical and cultural—that are still very much in dispute.

Moving in and out of the past—from the internment camps of World War II, to the barley fields of the Crenshaw District in the 1930s, to the streets of Watts in the 1960s, to the night spots and garment factories of the 1990s—Southland weaves a tale of Los Angeles in all of its faces and forms.
Southland was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and "Best Book of 2003," a Book Sense 76 pick, an Edgar Award finalist, and the winner of the Ferro Grumley Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Also, LAist named it one of "20 Novels that Dared to Define a Different Los Angeles."
"Compelling… never lacking in vivid detail and authentic atmosphere, the novel cements Revoyr's reputation as one of the freshest young chroniclers of life in L.A." – Publishers Weekly


Rufi Thorpe, Dear Fang, With Love

Rufi Thorpe received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. Her first novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar, was long listed for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her second novel, Dear Fang, With Love, was published by Knopf in May 2016. She lives in California with her husband and two sons.

About Dear Fang, With Love:
Lucas and Katya were boarding school seniors when, blindingly in love, they decided to have a baby. Seventeen years later, after years of absence, Lucas is a weekend dad, newly involved in his daughter Vera's life. But after Vera suffers a terrifying psychotic break at a high school party, Lucas takes her to Lithuania, his grandmother's homeland, for the summer. Here, in the city of Vilnius, Lucas hopes to save Vera from the sorrow of her diagnosis. As he uncovers a secret about his grandmother, a Home Army rebel who escaped Stutthof, Vera searches for answers of her own. Why did Lucas abandon her as a baby? What really happened the night of her breakdown? And who can she trust with the truth?

Skillfully weaving family mythology and Lithuanian history with a story of mental illness, inheritance, young love, and adventure, Rufi Thorpe has written a wildly accomplished, stunningly emotional book.
"Tremendous... Showcase[s] Thorpe's fabulous versatility, insight, and humor... While the themes of the book--mania, the Holocaust, and the devastating number of ways that any parent-child dynamic can go awry--are undeniably dark, Thorpe's prose is light, often hilarious, and unshakably grounded in the concrete details of daily life... Thorpe has written an absolute winner." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 


Join us for our Second Annual SUMMER READING EVENT!

You’re invited to our second annual curated Summer Reading Event at Flintridge Bookstore on the must-read books of the season.

Flintridge Bookstore’s booksellers will present their picks for the most engaging women’s fiction, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction titles to add to your to-read lists. Be prepared to take notes and to ask questions!

Recommended titles will be available for purchase, as well as a large stock of adult and children’s books, bookish gifts, greeting cards and reading accessories.

Immediately following the presentation, members are invited to mix ‘n’ mingle at the in-store coffeehouse. The menu consists of light snacks, lunch items, and assorted beverages.

WHEN: Sunday, June 4, 1:00-2:00 P.M

WHERE: Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 790-0717 - www.flintridgebooks.com

COST: This event is FREE to attend.

PARKING: private lot, garage, and street

If you are able to attend, then please email your RSVP to Liz Donatelli at liz@lizdpublicity.com by Thursday, June 1st.