Acclaimed five-time novelist Joshua Mohr will return to the Yuba Lit stage Thursday, March 2nd, to read from his new memoir, Sirens, which the San Francisco Chronicle has hailed as “incredibly alive.” Chronicling a childhood swilling fuzzy-navels as a latchkey kid through an adulthood marked by the ever-present lure of relapse, Sirens is “harrowing and intense,” says the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. It is also a tribute to the transformative power of fatherhood.

Mohr will be joined by two writers whose work also explores fatherhood. An Oakland-based novelist with roots in Grass Valley, Tomas Moniz is the editor of the award winning zine RAD DAD, whose anthology RAD FAMILIES: A CELEBRATION honors the messy, the painful, the playful, the beautiful, the myriad ways we create families by gathering honest stories from a diverse group of parent-writers willing to be vulnerable about their failures and regrets.

The evening’s third featured reader is Will Dane, who co-runs The Open Book bookstore and co-founded The Open Book Press. He will read from a novel-in-progress about fatherhood and the search for true love. In addition, audience members are encouraged to bring a page or a poem of their own writing. Ten audience members will be chosen by raffle to take the mike for three minutes to read their own poem or page.

Yuba Lit starts 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2nd, at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley. Fifty percent of the $5-$10 sliding scale cover (no one turned away for lack of funds) will benefit Planned Parenthood. Local wine from Nevada City Winery and Szabo Winery will be served and Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer coffee, tea, and fresh food for sale. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at For more about Yuba Lit, visit

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Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir Sirens, as well as five novels including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial.


Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and writer for the award-winning zine Rad Dad. In Fall 2016, PM Press released the culminating anthology, Rad Families: A Celebration. His novella Bellies and Buffalos is a tender, chaotic road trip story of friendship, family and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He’s the recipient of the 2016 Mary Tanenbaum Award and founder of two literary reading series. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and will send you copies, but you have to write him a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. He promises to write back.

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Will Dane co-runs the Open Book used bookstore and the Open Book Press, in Grass Valley. He teaches a fiction workshop through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sierra College, and will be reading from a novel-in-progress that is closely based on his experiences raising a teenage son and finding true love in the modern age.

A community reading series celebrating great writing in the Sierra foothills, Yuba Lit launched September 2015 with a program featuring novelists Joshua Mohr and Christian Kiefer, and poet Molly Fisk. Subsequent Yuba Lits have featured novelists Janis Cooke Newman, Louis B. Jones, and Josh Weil, memoirists Frances Stroh and Cris Mulvey, and poets Indigo Moor and Eugene Berson among many other readers, consistently drawing robust audiences.

Fifty percent of Yuba Lit’s March proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood.

Yuba Lit is produced and hosted by Nevada City memoirist and fiction writer Rachel Howard and co-produced by poet Angela Sells.  If you’d like to volunteer or join our mailing list, please email Rachel at rachel (dot) howard (at) gmail (dot) com.  You can learn more about Rachel at

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Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.

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