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Author Events

Join the fun. Come celebrate with me.

I am grateful to the many people who have supported and encouraged me along this book-writing path.

For more information about any of these events, please email me.

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Author Talk

Spring Book Event

Celebrate Nature Writing

Folsom Library

March 16, 2024  1-2:30pm

411 Stafford St, Folsom

Author Talk & Book Signing

Book Club Talks

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  I am available to visit with you and your Book Club, either in-person or via Zoom.

  • I can discuss Force of Nature, the writing process, hiking in the Sierra Nevada, and/or the John Muir Trail. And I can answer your questions.

  • The Force of Nature Book Club Kit with discussion questions, food ideas, complimentary book titles & reference links to John Muir Trail history and maps is available to download.

  • Email me to schedule a Book Club visit at

Upcoming Classes

  • In-Person & Zoom Classes at OLLI at Sierra College

  • Host of Author Interview Series at OLLI at Sierra College

  • Zoom Classes at OLLI at UC Davis

  • Service Organization Talks

Spotlight on Local Authors - Zoom Lunch Pail Series - OLLI at Sierra College
Spring, Summer, Fall Semesters 2024

I will act as the moderator of this monthly series of live, noon-time interviews on Zoom with authors. All are interesting local authors representing a variety of different genres. ALL proceeds go to the Sierra College Food Closet to support food-insecure students. Click here for all the details on the OLLI at Sierra website.

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OLLI at Sierra College
Spring Semester 2024


Book Discussion Series


Remarkably Bright Creatures

by Shelby van Pelt

Set on California's Central Coast, Remarkably Bright Creatures will make you laugh and cry and fall in love with California all over again.

In person & via Zoom

February 20, 27 & March 12


The Language of Flowers: A Novel

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh


The Language of Flowers wraps the story of a young homeless woman in California in a blanket of flowers, empowering her.

In person & via Zoom

April 9, 16 & 23


Online catalogue is available:

Read more & sign up here

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OLLI at Sierra College
Spring-Summer-Fall 2024

Lunch Pail Interview Series

Spotlight on Local Authors & Books

Host/Interviewer - Joan Griffin

Monthly Zoom Series


Feb 23 - Don Fraser - The Great Flip

Mar 22 - Dorothe Kress - The Risk

Apr 19 - James L’Etoile - The Face of Greed

May 17 - Rebecca Inch-Partridge - Escaping

                the Dashia

Jun 14 - Frank Nissen - Fortune's Call

More to follow

All proceeds from this series

go to Sierra College Food Closet

to support food-insecure students


Online catalogue will be available and registration will begin in January 2024.

Read more & sign up here

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Talks Available for
Clubs & Groups

The Invention of the First Lady


The first three First Ladies, Martha, Abigail, and Dolley, have vastly different personalities and brought very different strengths to the position. But between them, they created the role of First Lady out of thin air. In fact, not one of their husbands would have ended up in the White House had they not had these women as their partners.

Other First Lady-themed talks/classes are available, too:

  • One talk for each of the First Ladies from Martha Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt

  • "The Creation of the Modern First Lady"


Shared with:

  • Emigrant Gap Chapter - DAR

  • Springfield History Club, Rocklin, CA

  • Lincoln AAUW

  • NC Professional Women's Groups

  • UC Davis OLLI Program

  • OLLI at Sierra College


Available In-Person or via Zoom.

Contact me for more information about these and other talks I have available.

Past Classes, Talks, and Events

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OLLI at Sierra College


How Did I Not Know That?

Social Justice Series


Books previously read in this series include:

  • The New Jim Crow

  • The Warmth of Other Suns

  • Just Mercy

  • The Sum of Us

  • How the Word Is Passed

  • Four Hundred Souls


How Did I Not Know That?

Environmental Science Series


Books previously read in this series include:

  • Finding the Mother Tree

  • Braiding Sweetgrass

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OLLI at Sierra College

Women's Work is Never Done

Book Discussion Series


  Books previously read in this series include:

  • Lessons in Chemistry

  • The Personal Librarian


Summer Fun Reads

& Book Discussion


Books previously read in this series include:

  • Daisy Jones & The Six

  • Finding Dorothy

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OLLI at UC Davis
Spring Semester 2023


History & Government

Discussion Series

Conversations with Historian Don Fraser


  • Political Parties

  • It's Time to Amend the Constitution

  • Controversies in American History

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