The Art of Memoir with Sands Hall, March 15th, 8 p.m., at the Stone House

Thank you to all who came out for Krys Lee’s reading! We were so thrilled to introduce Krys to our area and the Yuba Lit community, and heartened by the appreciative audience feedback. We will soon post photos. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for:

Yuba Lit Presents: The Art of Memoir

With Sands Hall

Celebrating the release of her acclaimed new memoir

Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

Plus five audience flash-readers chosen by raffle

Thursday, March 15th

Special time: 8 p.m.

The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City

$10 at the door

No-host bar

RSVP to save your seat by emailing

An early candidate for memoir of the year, this is a thrilling story of one woman’s search for truth and her place in the world.

–Library Journal

In Flunk. Start., Sands Hall chronicles her slow yet willing absorption into the Church of Scientology. Her time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion―what she found intriguing and useful―and how she came to confront its darker sides.


SANDS HALL is the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a WILLA Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, and a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and is an associate teaching professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

RSVP to Save Your Seat for Acclaimed Novelist Krys Lee, February 22nd at the Stone House

Dear literature-loving friends,
We don’t normally hold a Yuba Lit reading in February, but when Krys Lee told me she would be visiting I could not pass up the opportunity to present her. Author of the internationally acclaimed novel How I Became a North Korean, Krys will read her work and answer audience questions on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7 p.m., at the Stone House in Nevada City. Seats for this reading—a rare U.S. appearance by a writer who lives in Seoul, South Korea, where she teaches at Yonsei University—will be limited to 40. We are requesting that audience members RSVP to save their seat by emailing with name and number of attendees. The $10 donation will be payable by cash or check at the door.

How I Became a North Korean received widespread and even solemn praise. Said the San Francisco Chronicle, “The more confusing and horrible our world becomes, the more critical the role of fiction in communicating both the facts and the meaning of other people’s lives. Krys Lee joins writers like Anthony Marra, Khaled Hosseini and Elnathan John in this urgent work.”

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Krys’s novel follows three refugees—one the son of elite North Korean parents, one an American boy, and one a North Korean woman who sells herself into an arranged marriage—as they fight to survive in a small Chinese town just north of the North Korean border. The Guardian (UK) writes: “Lee has worked with North Korean refugees, and her hotly anticipated debut novel vividly captures the challenges faced by defectors.” The Financial Times calls How I Became a North Korean “a resonant response to political turmoil.”

Krys is also the author of the short story collection Drifting House, which was a finalist for the BBC International Story Prize. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize and the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association. Her fiction, journalism, and literary translations have appeared in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, San Francisco Chronicle, Corriere della Sera, and The Guardian, among others.

But even with all her extraordinary accomplishments, Krys is first and foremost a warm and approachable person with a big heart. I was lucky to meet Krys when we both were studying in Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers and I’m so thrilled that our local community will have this special chance to meet her.

Doors will open at 6:30 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. The $10 donation payable by cash or check at the door supports Yuba Lit’s production costs. Patrons are requested to reserve a seat by writing to 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. We’re tremendously grateful to our supporters. Donations can be made at this link:

I so dearly hope you can make it to hear Krys read and ask her your questions! She is an extraordinary human being and writer.

Yours in the love of literature,
Yuba Lit founder

Photos of “Poets Among Us”

Th photos from last January 25th’s Yuba Lit with poets laureate Molly Fisk and Indigo Moor are in! Our Yuba Lit volunteer photographer Andrea Roach is a dear and a whiz–that was some tough mood lighting in the old dining room of the National Hotel (California’s oldest continuously operating hotel, and a gem of living history) and she managed to get lots of great shots. Thanks so much, Andrea. And thanks to all who came. Special thanks to the National and to our nonprofit fiscal sponsor, Nevada County Arts Council. Please mark your calendars for Feb. 22, 7 p.m., at the Stone House for novelist Krys Lee! Keep in touch with Yuba Lit here:

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Save Feb. 22 for Krys Lee and March 15 for Sands Hall!

Such an absorbing Yuba Lit January 25th with Molly Fisk and Indigo Moor! A full-room crowd braved the snow and sleet, which speaks to the draw of our extraordinary featured poets. But I was also so moved by our “poets among us”–eight community poets who stood from the audience to read their work. Photos and more report coming soon, but for now, we are keen to get the word out on these exciting upcoming Yuba Lit events:


7 p.m.

A Special Added-On Yuba Lit with Acclaimed Novelist Krys Lee

Visiting from South Korea and making a rare U.S. appearance!

Krys is the author of How I Became a North Korean.


The Guardian writes: “Lee has worked with North Korean refugees, and her hotly anticipated debut novel vividly captures the challenges faced by defectors.” The Financial Times calls How I Became a North Korean “a resonant response to political turmoil.” Come hear Krys read, and ask your questions about her book and about North and South Korea.

Location: The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St. Nevada City. No-host bar and small bites menu. $10 donation at the door.

And then:


8 p.m.

A Can’t-Miss Very Special Yuba Lit with Memoirist Sands Hall

Nevada City writer Sands Hall is garnering highest praise all over the place for her new memoir, Flunk.Start: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology.


Raves Publishers Weekly in a starred review: “Hall reflects with brutal honesty on her decisions throughout this meticulously crafted book, which explores her negative experiences with Scientology and how her desire to please led her to believe in the unbelievable.” Library Journal calls Flunk.Start “an early candidate for memoir of the year.” Come hear Sands read and discuss her book and memoir writing in a Q&A with Rachel Howard.

Location: The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St. Nevada City. No-host bar. $10 donation at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. for drinks and mingling.

January 25th: Poets Among Us

Please save Thursday, January 25th for:

Yuba Lit: Poets Among Us
Two Extraordinary Poets Laureate in a Reading and Conversation

Plus a poem each by eight great poets among us
7 p.m.
The National Hotel
211 Broad St. Nevada City

No-host bar
$10 at the door
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Reading 7:00-9:00 with seating in the historic Hoover’s dining room.
MC Rachel Howard
For additional information visit us at



Molly Fisk is the Poet Laureate of Nevada County. Her most recent collection is The More Difficult Beauty, which poet Ellen Bass describes as “a brave and generous book.”


Indigo Moor is the Poet Laureate of Sacramento. His third and most recent book of poetry, In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers, presents a series of “broken sonnets” mirroring the tragedies of Shakespeare’s Othello and the actor and activist Paul Robeson.

Save the Date for Yuba Lit: Poets Among Us

Grateful to readers Jenny Bitner Bitner, Rob Davidson, and Laurie Doyle and to everyone who came out for Yuba Lit on a damp grey evening last night! A wonderful crowd of about 65, and as always, the audience readers drawn by raffle were a special highlight. So good to gather and hear heart-searching literature in these challenging times. Thank you again to everyone who read and listened.

Please save the date for January 25th and Yuba Lit: Poets Among Us, presenting Nevada County Poet Laureate Molly Fisk and Sacramento Poet Laureate Indigo Moor.

And a little further out (but we can’t wait to announce it):

March 15th: The Art of Memoir
Sands Hall launches her new memoir Flunk.Start: Report from a Former Scientologist, appearing with a Bay Area memoirist TBA

November 9th: The Art of Flash Fiction

We’re looking forward to YUBA LIT presents: The Art of Flash Fiction

Three Authors of Small Stories That Pack a Big Punch
+ Five Audience Flash Readers Drawn by Raffle

Thursday, November 9th, 7 p.m.
The National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City

November’s featured readers:


JENNY BITNER is a San Francisco poet turned fiction writer whose work has been published in Mississippi Review, The Sun, Fence, Corium and PANK. Her story “The Pamphleteer” was selected by Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading and incorporated into an opera by The Paul Bailey Ensemble. Pine Press published Mother, a chapbook. She teaches fiction writing at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

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Kirkus Reviews calls ROB DAVIDSON’s new collection Spectators “a small but mighty collection of textual snapshots… Flash fiction at its best.” Davidson’s previous story collections are The Farther Shore and Field Observations. His fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in top journals including ZYZZYVA, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Indiana Review. He teaches creative writing and American literature at California State University, Chico.

Best American Short Stories contributor Peter Orner calls LAURIE ANN DOYLE’S new story collection, World Gone Missing “a gorgeous debut.” Honored with the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award, Doyle’s work has been anthologized in Road Story, the Livingston Press Fiction Anthology, and Speak and Speak Again. She teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension.
$10 at the door
RSVP for reserved seating to

No-host bar. Doors open at 6:45. Reading from 7:00-9:00 with table seating in the historic Hoover’s dining room. MC Rachel Howard.

Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of Nevada County Arts. Donations to Yuba Lit are tax deductible; please email if you’d like to contribute.

Special thanks to Beth Ford Design, Tom Coleman of the National Hotel, Andrea Roach, and Chris Streng. And great thanks to the Entrekin Family Foundation for their support.