October 11, 2012 ~ 7 to 9 p.m. ~ Bookshop Benicia, 636 First Street
Three critically acclaimed authors
will read their work, answer questions, and sign books!
David Corbett–Steven Boyett–Janell Moon
You’re invited to a reading on Thursday evening, October 11, 2012 at Bookshop Benicia. The evening is part of StraitQuake, a series of local literary events. It’s free and open to the public.
Benicia Literary Arts is pleased to present readings by David Corbett, Steven Boyett, and Janell Moon.
DAVID CORBETT’s work has been described as “the best in contemporary crime fiction” (The Washington Post). He is the author of four novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running (Spinetingler Award, Best Novel 2011). His forthcoming book, The Art of Character: Mastering the Craft of Characterization for Fiction, Film, and TV is scheduled for publication in January 2013. For more information www.davidcorbett.com.
STEVEN R. BOYETT’S novels include Mortality Bridge, Ariel, and Elegy Beach. He has earned acclaim for his lectures and readings. As a DJ he produces two of the world’s most-popular podcasts, Groovelectric and Podrunner. Read more about Steven at www.steveboy.com.
In 2011, RAW ArT PRESS published JANELL MOON’S memoir, Salt and Paper: Sixty Five Candles, as winner of their 2010 Experimental Poetry Prize. She was appointed Poet Laureate of her San Francisco Bay Area city, Emeryville, California, for 2011-12. She is the author of eleven books including spiritual nonfiction (HarperCollinsUK) and four prize winning poetry volumes. She works as a memoir writing coach and counselor. Visit Janell’s website for more information: www.janellmoon.com
StraitQuake is so named–don’t you know–because our community is situated on the beautiful Carquinez Strait, the passageway that channels water from the California Delta to San Francisco Bay.
Benicia Literary Arts presents Deconstructing Chinatown, a master class in character and plot with critically-acclaimed author David Corbett on October 6, 2012 at Bookshop Benicia, 636 Main Street, in Benicia, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
David notes, “Almost everything you need to know about writing a great story can be learned from wisely analyzing the classic, entertaining film Chinatown — which students will come to recognize as a modern update of Oedipus the King by Sophocles.” David will lead the class in a group analysis of the story to explore such techniques as:
-Understanding how character determines plot.
-Orchestrating the opposition from an offstage opponent.
-Employing “four-corner conflict” to create moral complexity.
-Developing a symbol system to underscore your thematic concerns.
-Using subtext in dialog.
The author’s forthcoming book, The Art of Character: Mastering the Craft of Characterization for Fiction, Film, and TV, is scheduled for publication by Penguin Books in January 2013. Read more about the author at www.davidcorbett.com.
To register by mail, send a check and your name, phone, and email to Benicia Literary Arts Registration, c/o The Benicia Herald, 820 First Street, Benicia, CA 94510. For more information, contact board member Kristine Mietzner at 707-319-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.