Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Martin J. Smith, our second author in the speakers series

Our second guest author will be Martin J. Smith and our event will take place on Monday evening, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the Newport Beach Tennis Club.

Marty is a journalist, novelist, and editor of Orange Coast magazine. His books include (with Patrick J. Kiger): "Oops: 20 Life Lessons from the Fiascoes That Shaped America" as well as "Poplorica: A Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions, and Lore That Shaped Modern America."

He is also the author of three crime novels, "Time Release," "Shadow Image," and "Straw Men." Before taking the job at Orange Coast, he served as senior editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

Marty will talk about his writing process, and will also talk about writing for Orange Coast. He will focus on the essay: what makes a good essay and how to write "personal, yet universal." He'll have handouts, as well.

Cost for the event is $15, which includes light snacks. Seating is limited; no walk-ins, please. If you'd like to attend and want to mail a check, please email me at penonfire at earthlink dot net to make arrangements. Paypal is fine, too. Choose the email address: penonfire at earthlink dot net, and send $16 (includes $1 more for handling/fees).

The tennis club is located at 2601 Eastbluff Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Parking is free and easy.

Upcoming guests will include Carolyn See ("Making a Literary Life," "Handy Man") on Tuesday, May 19, and Lisa See on June 6; locations still to be decided but will be in the Newport Beach/Laguna Beach locale. If you'd like to reserve a seat for either one, please send $15 and indicate which you'd like.)

1 comment:

Mary Castillo said...

I'm dialing up my babysitter now!