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Judith Rock - Tuesday, October 19
Antonya Nelson - Thursday, October 21
3rd Annual SF Writing for Change Conference - November 13 & 14
More Upcoming Events

The Rhetoric of Death JUDITH ROCK will read from
The Rhetoric of Death
Tuesday, October 19 at 7 PM

Meet Judith Rock, who has written a superb historical debut, The Rhetoric of Death, set in 1686 Paris. Charles du Luc, a half-fledged Jesuit and former soldier with a damaged left arm, is sent by his cousin the Bishop of Marseilles to assist in teaching rhetoric and directing dance at the prestigious college of Louis le Grand. On his first day at the school, one of Charles' students - the school's star dancer - disappears from rehearsal. A day later, a horseman almost runs down another student in the street under circumstances that make Charles suspect that one enemy has targeted both boys. When the dancer's body is found in a latrine, Charles is determined to solve the murder. His inquiry soon leads to danger for himself and his family.

Rock's novel boasts a style all its own and is sure to satisfy those eager for a great new historical mystery.” — Booklist

Bound ANTONYA NELSON will read from
Thursday, October 21 at 7 PM

Critically acclaimed novelist and short story writer Nelson has written her first novel in a decade. Bound is "a brief, sorrowfully comic novel about family dysfunction that considers everyone's contribution—parents, children, spouses, even pets." (Kirkus Reviews). Nelson's story of tangled lives is set in a Wichita riveted by the reemergence of the infamous serial killer known as BTK (Blind, Torture and Kill). A married couple, Catherine and Oliver, are negotiating their difference in age and a plethora of well-concealed secrets. Oliver, now in his sixties, is a serial adulterer who has just fallen in love yet again. Catherine seems placid and content, but has ghosts of a past she scarcely remembers. When her long-forgotten high school friend dies and leaves Catherine the guardian of her teenage daughter, that past comes rushing back. As Oliver manages his new love, and Catherine her new charge and darker past, the local news focuses on a serial killer who has reappeared after years of quiet.

Nelson's sleekly powerful turbine of a novel riffs cannily on the many meanings of bound.” — Booklist

San Francisco Hilton Financial District
750 Kearny Street
November 13th & 14th

Do you have ideas that can change the world in positive ways? Join us at a world-class conference created to give writers the knowledge they need to write, sell and promote their books - and ultimately change the world for the better. Dan Millman (The Way of the Peaceful Warrior) and John Robbins (Diet for a New America) will be the keynoters. Among the speakers will be Cami Walker, author of the New York Times bestselling 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life, her agent, Rita Rosenkranz, and her editor Katie McHugh, executive editor at Da Capo Press, who Walker met at last year's conference. A faculty of New York and California agents, editors and publishing professionals will also be on hand. Registration fee is $450 through November 12; $495 at the door. Conference is limited to 150 attendees, so register now by calling (925) 560-1403, or visiting

More Upcoming October Events:

  • ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH will read from
    The Charming Quirks of Others
    Saturday, October 23 at 7 PM

    Practice Aloha: Secrets to Living Life Hawaiian Style
    Tuesday, October 26 at 7 PM

  • MICHAEL KRASNY will discuss
    Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest
    Thursday, October 28 at 7 PM

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