Special Discount to Janet Fitch, and–Save the Date for Christian Kiefer September 12th!

Dear literature-loving friends,
I hope you enjoyed the benefit reading with Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, 2019 Pulitzer winner Forrest Gander and memorable others as much as I did. It was a particular joy to reconnect with Yuba Lit regulars at the event.
Another special literary opportunity is coming up in Sacramento on Friday, July 26th–and we’ve got a special discount for it. “An Evening with Janet Fitch” at Sacramento Stories on Stage will feature the bestselling novelist (you probably know her much-lauded White Oleander) sharing her newest book, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, in conversation with Capital Public Radio’s Beth Ruyak. Actress Katie Rubin will read passages from Fitch’s novel–and Nevada City’s own Beaucoup Chapeaux will offer music! The trip to Sacramento will be very much worth it. And if you use the code YUBALIT19 at checkout, you will get 10 percent off tickets.
Here’s the link to more information and ticket sales: https://communityofwriters.org/events/event/an-evening-with-janet-fitch/
Meanwhile, exciting news: Save the date for Yuba Lit with Auburn novelist Christian Kiefer reading and discussing his new novel Phantoms on Thursday, September 12th. It’s an eloquent and all-too-timely story of Japanese internment and its aftermath in Placer County. Read on below for Publisher’s Weekly’s rave review. Venue into and more about this September Yuba Lit coming soon.
Yours in the love of literature,
Rachel
Yuba Lit founder
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From Publisher’s Weekly:
Kiefer’s sweeping novel (after One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place to Hide) examines the ways war shapes the lives of ordinary people. Upon returning to Placer County, Calif., after serving in Vietnam, John Frazier is at loose ends: 21 and gripped by recollections of violence and a drug habit he’s trying to kick, he’s unable to imagine his future. But when he runs into his long-lost aunt Evelyn Wilson, John is improbably sucked into the mystery of what happened to Ray Takahashi, Evelyn’s Japanese-American former neighbor, who disappeared soon after returning from WWII. With John in tow, Evelyn meets with Ray’s mother to reveal a secret she’s kept for 26 years—that, unbeknownst to Ray, Evelyn’s daughter, Helen, gave birth to his baby after he came back from the war. At Evelyn’s insistence, Helen gave up the infant to an orphanage partly due to the “disgrace” of a mixed-race child. As John grapples with his own ghosts, he investigates Ray’s life: his idyllic childhood growing up with the Wilson children, his romance with Helen, the Takahashi family’s transfer to an internment camp and the prejudice they encountered. After Evelyn exposes her secret, the sinister forces underlying Ray’s disappearance begin rising closer to the surface. Kiefer’s story sheds light on the prejudice violence ignites and on the Japanese-American experience during a fraught period of American history, and makes for engaging and memorable novel.

Pulitzer-Winning Poet Forrest Gander and an All-Star Benefit Reading in Grass Valley Friday June 21st

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Dear friends in literature,
I am so delighted to be writing to you once more! Yuba Lit is coming back after our long hiatus, and in a very exciting way. In September, Yuba Lit will once again start presenting its own curated nights of live readings for our community. In the meantime, Yuba Lit is thrilled to serve as sponsor for the spectacular 2019 Poetry Benefit Reading for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, bringing their all-star faculty right to Grass Valley. If you have attended this benefit in the last two years, you know it features the finest poets in the country and is not be be missed. This year, we are happy to announce, the reading will include Forrest Gander, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, along with Brenda Hillman, David Tomas Martinez, Jane Miller, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, and special guest Robert Hass. Collectively, these poets have won three Pulitzers, one National Book Award, one National Book Critics Circle Award, and many other honors.
The 2019 Poetry Benefit will take place 7 p.m. Friday, June 21st, at the St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley. And as part of the Yuba Lit community, you can get a 10 percent discount if you order online with the discount code YubaLit19. Here is the link to buy advance tickets with the discount: https://communityofwriters.org/events/event/2019-poetry-benefit-reading/
I hope you will join Yuba Lit for this extraordinary opportunity to hear seven of our nation’s finest poets. And I hope you will keep tuned for Yuba Lit’s own programming to start again in September 2019.
I’ve missed our gatherings and I can’t wait to be back in touch with you and to re-gather to hear live literature straight from its creators.
Yours in the love of literature,
Rachel
Yuba Lit Founder
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Left to right: Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, David Tomas Martinez, Jane Miller, Sharon Olds, and Gregory Pardlo
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Yuba Lit Recommends: Sierra Writers Conference January 26th

Dear friends in literature,
Though Yuba Lit is on hiatus until June 2019, plenty of exciting literary activity is happening in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area! We wanted to alert you to one major opportunity. On January 26, 2019, Sierra Writers will hold its annual conference, this year titled “PROCESS: Pre-write to Promotion.” Among the teachers you will find many past Yuba Lit readers. The keynote speaker is the masterful fiction writer (and California Book Award winner) Josh Weil. You can also choose from workshops and critique sessions with Mary Volmer, Sands Hall, and Eugene Berson. Registration is an amazing deal: Just $65, and $45 if you snag it early-bird.
As the conference website says:

“Ready to hone your craft – collaborate with other writers – get professional advice about your work

Writers all … come to the Sierra Writers Conference to work on your process, join a community of writers, and participate in professional critique sessions. Join us for a day of learning, sharing, growing and being inspired to craft your words into the stories, articles and books that only you can write.”

Here’s the website link so that you can get all the information you need:
Hope you will take advantage of this conference.
Yours in the love of literature,
Rachel Howard
Yuba Lit founder

Yuba Lit Presents Guggenheim-Winning Poet Matthew Zapruder OCT 11th—and Invites the Community to Be Part of WHY POETRY

Yuba Lit is thrilled and honored to present Guggenheim-winning poet and former New York Times Magazine poetry editor Matthew Zapruder reading and discussing his book WHY POETRY Thursday October 11th, at the Stone House in Nevada City. Why Poetry makes an impassioned but plainspoken case that good poetry can be understood deeply by anyone—if we liberate ourselves from misguided ways we’ve been taught to read it.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m., with a small-bites menu and no-host bar offered by the Stone House, and a signing afterwards, a festive format well-known to Yuba Lit’s regular audiences. But because Zapruder advocates a special role for poetry to bring meaning to our every day lives, Yuba Lit is also looking for local community members to be part of this event before Zapruder even arrives.

Inspired by the NEA’s Poetry Out Loud national poetry recitation contest, Yuba Lit is seeking audience members to recite their favorite poem from memory. The best recitation will be voted by audience applause, and the winning poetry out loud participant will receive a free copy of Matthew Zapruder’s book, and a gift certificate to Harmony Books. Interested poetry reciters should write yubalit@gmail.com to save their spot in the opening contest.

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Yuba Lit founder and producer Rachel Howard said she is excited to hear locals share their favorite poems, and eager for the rare opportunity to host Zapruder.

“Matthew Zapruder is truly a leading poet and poetry advocate of our day and such a generous, down-to-earth, and charismatic reader,” she said. “I love Why Poetry for the way it fires up people who already appreciate poetry, and the way it makes poetry personal and alive for people who probably would love poetry, if only they hadn’t learned early in life to fear reading poetry ‘wrong.’ Ultimately, Why Poetry is a book about the power of close attention to awaken our sense of truth, and I think that’s a message our culture needs right now.”

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Yuba Lit founder Rachel Howard. Photo by Andrea Roach.

Reviews for Why Poetry were widespread and glowing. Wrote Newsday, “Poetry frustrates people . . . Every now and then one of the poets, in turn, steps up helpfully to explain how to read the stuff. In his friendly new book, Why Poetry, poet, editor and teacher Matthew Zapruder does this very thing with unusual clarity and generosity.”

Said literary website The Millions: “Why Poetry is part-inspiration, part-guidebook, and part literary memoir. . . . Zapruder’s spiritual undercurrent raises Why Poetry into something rare: the cogent and lively argument that poetry truly matters, fueled by passion rather than pretense.”

In addition to Why Poetry, Zapruder is the author of the poetry collections Sun Bear, Come on All You Ghosts, The Pajamaist, and American Linden. He is an editor-at-large with Wave Books and a professor at St. Mary’s College of California.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11th. The Stone House is located at 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. A $10 donation payable by cash or check at the door supports Yuba Lit’s production costs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Patrons are encouraged to reserve a seat by writing to yubalit@gmail.com with their name and number of guests.

Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of the Nevada County Arts Council, a not-for-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The series also has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/yubalit.

Save the Date for Matthew Zapruder and Why Poetry, Thursday October 11th!

Much-lauded poet Matthew Zapruder’s Why Poetry is now out in paperback, and this is good news both for poetry diehards and the poetry befuddled. (No shame in being the latter!)

For poetry diehards: “Why Poetry is part-inspiration, part-guidebook, and part literary memoir. . . . Zapruder’s spiritual undercurrent raises Why Poetry into something rare: the cogent and lively argument that poetry truly matters, fueled by passion rather than pretense.” (The Millions)

And for the poetry befuddled: “Poetry frustrates people . . . Every now and then one of the poets, in turn, steps up helpfully to explain how to read the stuff. In his friendly new book, Why Poetry, poet, editor and teacher Matthew Zapruder does this very thing with unusual clarity and generosity.” (Newsday)

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Matthew Zapruder.

Yuba Lit is thrilled that Zapruder will share Why Poetry at a special Yuba Lit on Thursday, October 11th, at 7 p.m. at the Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. The evening will open with five Nevada County poets offering one poem and one sentence on why, to them, poetry matters. Then Matthew Zapruder will read, followed by live Q and A with Yuba Lit founder, novelist and memoirist Rachel Howard.

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Yuba Lit founder Rachel Howard holding Why Poetry. Photo by Andrea Roach.

Wine and a small bites menu will be available from the Stone House. Admission at the door is $10, which supports Yuba Lit’s production costs, and is tax deductible, as Yuba Lit is fiscally sponsored by Nevada County Arts, a 501c3 not-for-profit.

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated, as it helps Yuba Lit with event planning! RSVP to save your seat by emailing yubalit@gmail.com with your name and number of guests.

We hope to see you Thursday, October 11th at the Stone House for Why Poetry!

Yuba Lit July 26th! An Update to Our Lineup

Dear literature-loving friends,
We’re grateful to the Union for running news of next Thursday’s Yuba Lit today. And, we have an update to the lineup. Unfortunately, David Rutschman needed to cancel. Very, very fortunately, poet Gene Berson will be reading instead. Yuba Lit regulars know Gene’s poems and love them well. He first shared a virtuosic poem at Yuba Lit via our opening audience flash-readings, blew us all away, then returned as a featured reader and later one of the Yuba Lit “Poets Among Us.” His collection, raveling travel, was recently published by Open Book Press. We are delighted that Gene will read and sign his collection next Thursday at 7 p.m. alongside Travis Davis, Liz Collins, and–visiting from San Francisco–Shauna Hannibal, of whose new collection the SF Chronicle says, “I couldn’t put the book down and felt by the end like I’d made a sexy new friend who could see, unsettlingly, into my private obsessions.”.
We have wonderful ambiance for this reading: historic Reiki Kitchen, in Nevada City’s old Chinatown directly across from Sopa Thai–and we’ll have use of their lovely patio for an intermission of wine and mingling. Please RSVP by replying to this email with your name and number of guests–the RSVPs greatly help our planning! Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for this 7 p.m. reading at Reiki Kitchen, 313 Commercial St., Nevada City. $10 at the door covers Yuba Lit’s production costs. We’re grateful to Nevada County Arts for their fiscal sponsorship, which means that your charitable donation is tax-deductible! And if you’d like to volunteer or donate, we’d love to hear from you.
Read on for more about July 26th’s lineup. Please reply to RSVP if you can make it! Bring a poem or page of your own if you’d like a chance to be part of the opening audience flash readings. Hope to see you at the Reiki Kitchen.
Yours in the love of literature,
Rachel
Yuba Lit Founder

Gene Berson grew up in the Bay Area and currently lives in the Northern California foothills. He has a BA and MA in English literature from SF State. Recent work can be read at Canarylitmag.org and Sisyphuslitmag.org. His book raveling travel was recently published by Open Book Press. Says poet Charles Entrekin of raveling travel: “These are poems and prose from a San Francisco poet, with echoes and rhythms of Whitman, Kerouac and Ginsberg.Berson engages the reader on a journey. And what we find is the real solace we can take from beauty.”


Shauna Hannibal is the author of Hannibal (Forklift Books, 2017), her debut collection of poetry with praise from Laura Kasischke and Dean Young. Her work has appeared in jubilat, Big Bell, Forklift, and Ohio. Says the San Francisco Chronicle of Hannibal’s new collection: “I couldn’t put the book down and felt by the end like I’d made a sexy new friend who could see, unsettlingly, into my private obsessions.”

A fine artist working in pastel and mixed media, Liz Collins is a 20-year member of the Nevada County Writer’s Block, a writing group, and is finishing a novel and a poetry collection. She has lived in Nevada City for 25 years.

Travis Davis has a chapbook, Hands Grabbing for the Light that Moves Through Them, published by SP CE poetry studio in Lincoln, NE (now known as The Aliens art studio). His poem “First September in Tuolumne” will soon be published by Canary Lit. He moved from Wyoming to Nevada City last fall.

Plus: the return of the audience flash readings! Bring a poem of your own for a chance to read!

And! No-host bar, intermission for mingling and community on the lovely Reiki Kitchen patio.

Save the Date for July 26th!

 

Yuba Lit Presents:

Two From SF, Two From NC: An Intimate Summer Reading

Thursday, July 26th

7 p.m.

At an exciting new Yuba Lit venue: the beautiful, historic Reiki Kitchen

313 Commercial St., Nevada City

$10 at the door; RSVP to save your seat by writing to yubalit@gmail.com

 

Featuring San Francisco’s Shauna Hannibal and David Rutschman:

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Shauna Hannibal is the author of Hannibal (Forklift Books, 2017), her debut collection of poetry with praise from Laura Kasischke and Dean Young. Her work has appeared in jubilatBig BellForklift, and Ohio. Says the San Francisco Chronicle of Hannibal’s new collection: “I couldn’t put the book down and felt by the end like I’d made a sexy new friend who could see, unsettlingly, into my private obsessions.”

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David Rutschman is the author of the story collection Into Terrible Light (Forklift Books, 2017.) His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review; Forklift, Ohio; Kenyon Review Online; The Massachusetts Review; The Sun; Waxwing; Witness, and many other journals. He is a Soto Zen priest and hospice grief counselor.

Reading with Nevada County’s Liz Collins and Travis Davis:

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A fine artist working in pastel and mixed media, Liz Collins is a 20-year member of the Nevada County Writer’s Block, a writing group, and is finishing a novel and a poetry collection. She has lived in Nevada City for 25 years.

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Travis Davis has a chapbook, Hands Grabbing for the Light that Moves Through Them, published by SP CE poetry studio in Lincoln, NE (now known as The Aliens art studio). His poem “First September in Tuolumne” will soon be published by Canary Lit. He moved from Nebraska to Nevada City last fall.

Plus: the return of the audience flash readings! Bring a poem of your own for a chance to read!

And! No-host bar, intermission for mingling and community on the lovely Reiki Kitchen patio.

Six Leading U.S. Poets to Read at Miners Foundry June 22nd

Thank you dearly to everyone who came out May 31st for She Persisted. What a night of inspiration! I’m so grateful to the artists who shared their personal stories.

I want to alert you to an opportunity I just became aware of regarding the incredible Community of Writers benefit poetry reading with such nationally treasured poets as Robert Haas, Sharon Olds, and Evie Shockley on June 22nd. Yuba Lit members can receive a 10 percent discount on their tickets by using the code YubaLit18 when they check out.

Here’s a link to full information on the poetry reading, and tickets:
https://communityofwriters.org/publicevents/

Read on below for full details on the extraordinary readers.

Last year’s all-star poetry benefit filled the Miners Foundry, so you’ll definitely want to get your tickets in advance.

Thank you again, so very much, for being part of the Yuba Lit community!

Rachel
Yuba Lit Founder

Six Leading U.S. Poets, Including a “Genius” Award Recipient and Former U.S. Poet Laureate, to Read at Miners Foundry June 22nd

Rare opportunity to hear prize-winning poets benefits scholarships

     Six of the nation’s leading poets, including a former U.S. Poet Laureate and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, two Pulitzer Prize winners and one current Pulitzer finalist, will read at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City on Friday, June 22nd. The second annual event—last year’s iteration drew an ecstatic full house to the Foundry—again offers a lineup of excellence rarely seen outside the top writing conferences and literary festivals, from a diverse range of powerful voices.

Acclaimed poets Kazim Ali, Monica de la Torre, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Evie Shockley and Dean Young are all participating in the reading as a stop-off on their way to the annual Community of Writers workshops in Squaw Valley, and donating their Nevada City appearances to raise funds for Community of Writers scholarships. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and will be emceed by Nevada County poet laureate Molly Fisk. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, with discounts available to groups of ten or more. Given the large turnout last year, advance tickets are highly recommended, available at http://www.communityofwriters.org/public-events. A signing and reception with the poets will follow.

The six poets appearing are both esteemed and diverse.

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Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom to Muslim parents of Indian, Iranian, and Egyptian descent. His books include Sky Ward, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day; and the cross-genre text Bright Felon. He has also written novels, including The Secret Room: A String Quartet and among his books of essays is Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. His new book of poems, Inquisition, and a new hybrid memoir, Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies, will both be released in 2018.

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     Mónica de la Torre is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Happy End/All Welcome. Born and raised in Mexico City, she translates poetry, writes about art, and is a contributing editor to BOMB Magazine. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Poetry, The White Review, Erizo, and the New Yorker. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.

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Robert Hass won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his collection Time and Materials. His other books include What Light Can Do: Essays 1985-2010, The Apple Trees at Olema, Sun Under Wood: New Poems, Human Wishes, Praise, and Field Guide. He has also co-translated many volumes of the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz and is the author or editor of several other collections of essays and translations, including The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa; Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry; and Now & Then: The Poet’s Choice Columns 1996-2000. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, he is a professor of English at UC Berkeley and directs the Poetry Program of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

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Sharon Olds is the author of eleven books of poetry. The Dead and the Living received the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and One Secret Thing was a finalist for the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. She teaches at New York University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, where she has been involved with New York University’s outreach workshops, including the Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop, which serves veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Her collection of poetry, Stag’s Leap, won the 2012 T.S.Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. In 2015 she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016 The Academy of American Poets awarded her the Wallace Stevens Award. Her most recent collection is Odes.

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Evie Shockley is the author of several collections of poems including semiautomatic, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, and the new black (2011), which won the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry. She has also published a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Her poetry and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies. Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. Currently serving as creative editor for Feminist Studies, Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

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Dean Young‘s numerous collections of poetry include Strike Anywhere, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry; Skid, finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Elegy on Toy Piano, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Primitive Mentor, shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize. He has also written a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction. His poems have appeared frequently in The Best American Poetry. He holds the Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, Austin. His most recent book is Shock by Shock.

Funds raised by this special evening will help emerging and developing poets study with mentors of these readers’ caliber. For 47 summers, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets and prose writers for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. As the organizers write, “Our aim is to assist writers in the refinement of their craft and thus, in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support, move them closer to achieving their goals.” The Community of Writers was co-founded in 1969 by prolific novelist and longtime Nevada City resident Oakley Hall.

Tickets to this benefit poetry reading are available online at https://communityofwriters.org/public-events or by phone: 530-470-8440. Tickets are $25 advance/$30 at the door for general admission and $12 advance/$15 at the door for students (with current student ID). Premium seating for the first 2 rows is $45. The group price for 10 or more tickets purchased at the same time is $20 per ticket. The Miners Foundry is located at 325 Spring St., Nevada City.

Yuba Lit Celebrates Bold Women Artists, Featuring Author Bridget Quinn and Five Local Artists May 31st

Yuba Lit, the popular reading series celebrating great live literature, will spotlight visual artists past and present for its May presentation, “She Persisted: Bold Women Artists.” Visiting from San Francisco, author Bridget Quinn will read from Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and History (in That Order). Quinn’s book, which NPR hails as “spunky, attitudinal, smart writing,” has entered more than five printings and is sold in museums around the world. Joining Quinn, local artists Deborah Bridges, Lee Ann Brook, Ruth Chase, Amanda Paoletti, and Jerianne Van Dijk will share their personal stories of how they have persisted in making their art. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st, at the Stone House in Nevada City. The reading will be emceed by Yuba Lit founder Rachel Howard.

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Oprah Magazine wrote of Broad Strokes, “Your Art History 101 syllabus just got a lot more fun.” The Christian Science Monitor says of the book: “As its title suggests, Broad Strokes isn’t stuffy. There’s plenty of scholarship here about women artists over the centuries, but Quinn combines her research with a lively, breezy tone that turns her subjects into more than feminist symbols. They’re masters in their own right, bold and brilliant despite the limits they faced – getting trained, finding buyers and being taken seriously.” The book includes full-color art reproductions, and portraits of each woman artist by acclaimed illustrator Lisa Congdon.

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Author Bridget Quinn

The artists sharing their stories alongside Quinn represent a range of media, aesthetics, and experiences.

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Artist Deborah Bridges.

     Grass Valley resident Deborah Bridges trained in monumental scale bronze sculpture, established a career in classical bronze figuration, then developed a line of garden sculpture carried in galleries across the U.S. In her current work creating ceramic figurative sculpture, Deborah runs a studio that includes three apprentices. Her work has won awards from the Off-Center International Ceramic Competition, the Utah Arts Festival, and La Quinta Arts, and she is represented by the Alexander Gallery in Nevada City, as well as Basic Space Gallery in Portland, OR.

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Artist Lee Ann Brook

Lee Ann Brook graduated from Paier College of Art near New Haven, Connecticut in 1973 with a double major in fine art and graphic design, studying under the influences of trompe l’oeil painting master Ken Davies. At age 23, she was accepted into the prestigious Connecticut Society of Women Painters. She is a five-time award winner in the California State Fair and a four-time winner in the nationally recognized Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s juried art competition, including Best Of 2D in 2018. Her gallery, Lee Ann Brook Fine Art, is located in downtown Nevada City.

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Artist Ruth Chase.

Raised in Venice, California, Ruth Chase started out as an oil painter and has evolved into an artist who creates multi-media installations that include paintings, audio, social media, slideshows, video, and social engagement. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, she is an Artist in Residence at Nevada County Arts through a grant from the California Arts Council funding the BELONGING project, which asks community members how they belong to Nevada County.

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Artist Amanda Paoletti.

Founder of ASiF—the Artists’ Studio in the Foothills—Amanda Paoletti is a ceramic sculptor who attended the Portland School of Art in Maine. She continued her arts education at the California College of Arts and Crafts, studying with prominent Bay Area ceramicists Art Nelson, Dennis Gallagher, Arthur Gonzales, and Viola Frey.

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Artist Jerianne Van Dijk.

Jerianne Van Dijk works mostly in watercolor with some gouache, ink and crayon, in an impressionistic style. A resident of the Northern California foothills for the past 30 years, she finds inspiration in the small town community and natural beauty of our area. Besides creating art, she’s a music broadcaster for community radio KVMR.

Doors for “She Persisted: Bold Women Artists” will open at 7 p.m., with the Stone House offering a light-bites menu and no-host bar. The Stone House is located at 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. A $10 donation payable by cash or check at the door supports Yuba Lit’s production costs. Patrons are encouraged to reserve a seat by writing to yubalit@gmail.com with their name and number of guests.

Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of the Nevada County Arts Council, a not-for-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information, visit http://www.yubalit.org. The series also has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/yubalit.