Thursday, October 29, 2009

An Evening with Memoirists: Nov. 17

This monthly salon, hosted by yours truly, features authors, literary agents, and others involved in the field of writing. Set in the atmospheric Scape Gallery in Corona del Mar, the salon is a mecca for literary devotees who listen to readings, take part in discussions, and attend book signings.

Our next event takes place Tuesday, November 17 • 7pm

An Evening with Memoirists

Join our salon on November 17 when two memoirists, Danzy Senna and Norman Ollestad join me in conversation.

Norman Ollestad is author of Crazy for the Storm, a Los Angeles Times bestseller and Starbucks pick. His book begins: I was in a plane crash with my father; his girlfriend, Sandra; and the pilot of our chartered Cessna. Sandra was 30. My dad was 43. I was 11. By the end of our 9-hour ordeal, I was the only survivor. The novelist Jim Harrison said, "Crazy for the Storm is an absolutely compelling book which I read in one long sitting. The fact that it’s true made me shudder, but then Norman Ollestad is a fine writer and every detail is convincing."

Danzy Senna was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of two writers, an African-American father and a white mother who met during the Civil Rights Movement. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine. Her first novel, Caucasia (1998), was an instant bestseller and received the Book-of-the-Month Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction. It also received the Alex Award, American Library Association, and has received praise from The New York Times and Newsweek. Her second novel was Symptomatic (2003). Danzy Senna's latest work is the memoir: Where Did You Sleep Last Night?: A
Personal History (2009). In the book, she reconstructs a long-buried family mystery that illuminates her own childhood, her enigmatic father, the power and failure of her parents' union and, finally, the forces of history. Senna lives in Los Angeles with husband, novelist Percival Everett and their two sons.

Our salon will take place at:
Scape Gallery
2859 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA, 92625

$15.00 includes nibbles and sips. ($16 if you pay using PayPal.) Advance tickets are required—walk-ins are discouraged as seating is limited.

Paying using PayPal is easiest. Visit and once you sign in, it will ask to which email address you are sending. Please use

If you'd rather send a check, make it out to “BD Barrett” (with “memoirists” jotted in the lower left hand corner) and send to Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, 503 Larkspur, Corona del Mar 92625.

Please register soon as we expect this to be another sold out event (and we hate turning people away).

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Upcoming is crime writer T. Jefferson Parker (Jan. 26), another evening of literary agents, and more. On May 15, plan to attend, because the new anthology, Orange County Noir (Akashic Books), in which Barbara, Mary Castillo, Marty Smith, Gary Phillips, and others have short stories, will be out.


GutsyWriter said...

I have a friend who wants to come along too. What time do the doors open? 6:30 p.m.? Last time I arrived just before 7 p.m. and the room was already pretty full. Thanks for putting on these great events.

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett said...

Yes, the doors open at 6:30. We never sell more tickets than we have seats, so everyone's assured of having a place to sit, but yes, if you want your choice of seats, earlier is best. Your friend can reserve online, too. Go to and on the Speakers Series page, there's now a PayPal link.

Melodye said...

I'd love to be added to your list of people who get notified about future events. My email address is (not for public posting). Thanks!!

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett said...

You're on!
The next event is T. Jefferson Parker's book party on Jan. 26. More details to come soon.