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Random Writing Quote:

I never asked Tolstoy to write for me, a little colored girl in Lorain, Ohio. I never asked [James] Joyce not to mention Catholicism or the world of Dublin. Never. And I don't know why I should be asked to explain your life to you. We have splendid writers to do that, but I am not one of them. It is that business of being universal, a word hopelessly stripped of meaning for me. Faulkner wrote what I suppose could be called regional literature and had it published all over the world. That's what I wish to do. If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water. Behind this question is the suggestion that to write for black people is somehow to diminish the writing. From my perspective there are only black people. When I say 'people,' that's what I mean.

--Toni Morrison

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Date: July 21, 2018

Speaker: Baron Birtcher

Topic: "Creating Suspense and Delivering the Unexpected"

Baron Birtcher

Baron R. Birtcher spent a number of years as a professional musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter and founded an independent record label.
His first two hardboiled mystery novels, Roadhouse Blues and Ruby Tuesday were Los Angeles Times and IMBA Best-Sellers. Angels Fall, the third installment in the critically-acclaimed Mike Travis series, was nominated for the 2009 Left Coast Crime Award (the “Lefty”) for Best Law Enforcement/ Police Procedural novel of the year.
Rain Dogs is Mr. Birtcher’s first stand-alone novel, and a Claymore Award finalist.
He has also had the honor of serving as a judge for both the Edgar and the Shamus Awards.
Baron currently divides his time between Kona, Hawaii and Portland, Oregon.

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Upcoming August 18, 2018:


Speaker: Antoinette Kuritz

Date: August 18, 2018

Topic: "Building a Public Presence and PR for Your Book"

Antoinette Kuritz

Antoinette is The founder of The La Jolla Writers Conference – one of the first writers conferences to cover the art, craft, and business of writing and which is now in it’s seventeenth year – Antoinette Kuritz is also the founder of Strategies Book Development & PR, a company devoted to helping both aspiring and successful authors define and reach their goals.  She has taught at BEA, at Publishing University, and in countless other venues. For more than eight years she hosted her own radio show, Writers’ Roundtable, and for more than fifteen years she has been the book person on San Diego’s KUSI-TV Good Morning San Diego.