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Meet the Author Series

Spring 2019

10:30 AM to 11:30

January 9: Meet the author series begins with KIM STEINHARDT talking about THE EDGE: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California's Coast. The book, coauthored with Gary Griggs, is a masterful and sweeping syntheses of environmental and social science. The Edge presents a comprehensive portrait of natural and cultural history: the story of the people, communities, industries, ecology, and wildlife of the California coast.

February 13: LISA JENSEN is the author of BEAST: A Tale of Love and Revenge. "Magic obeys its own rules," says the heroine of Beast, a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. Author Lisa Jensen has been practicing magic of her own for almost two decades as a literary transformer of classic fairytales. In addition to authoring several transformed fairy tales, Lisa is also a respected film critic who writes for the Good Times. Plan to join her fans at the library for a magical talk.

March 13: JOAQUÍN BARRETO author of EL OTRO LADO (The Other Side) presents a very personal narrative on immigration, overcoming cultural shock and assimilating into the U.S. The author will take the audience through various stages of transition, from country to country, from childhood to young adulthood and more. Joaquin will speak about assimilation, discrimination, living in the US with a label of "illegal alien" and the consequences which follow.

April 10: SANTA CRUZ WEIRD is an anthology backing up Santa Cruz's rallying cry: "Keep Santa Cruz Weird"". Some of the local authors who contributed stories, such as Nancy Jarvis, Editor, Vinnie Hansen, Jan Harwood, and others will talk about their stories and views about the arguably weird region we live in.