News & Events

Upcoming Events:

Shanti Arts Press has published my hybrid memoir, Dreaming Myself into Old Age: One Woman’s Search for Meaning. Read more about it here:

Join me and my editor/publisher, Christine Cote, at noon (Pacific time) on 9/23/23, to help celebrate the release of Dreaming Myself into Old Age: One Woman’s Search for Meaning (to be officially released on 9/19/23 though it’s available now from Shanti Arts,, Barnes & Noble,, and .

We’ll also be celebrating my newest poetry collection, California Dreaming (published on June 27). We’ll explore some of the main themes in both of my books as well as Christine’s work as publisher/editor of Shanti Arts Press. There will be lots of opportunities for Q&A and winning free books!

Join Zoom Meeting at noon Pacific time at :

Meeting ID: 858 9043 1364

Passcode: 613741

Past Events:

Marin County Traveling Show reading, 8/5/23, Zoom:  TravelingShowEpisode8_2023.mp4.

11/20/21 I’ll be hosting a virtual book launch of my new novel The Ripening: A Canadian Girl Grows Up. The print edition will be released on 10/15/21 and the ebook on 11/14/21. The launch will be held on Zoom and Facebook Live at noon (Pacific time) on Saturday, 11/20/21. Here is a YouTube link where you can view the book launch:

3/26/20 Discussion of the seeds of my novels at Wild Oak Saddle Club, Sonoma, 1 PM.  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. I’LL POST THE NEW DATE WHEN WE’RE ABLE TO STOP SHELTERING IN PLACE.

4/6/20 Thanks to Angelica, located in Toronto, Canada, for featuring me today on her podcast.—Published-Author–Blogger-ecd4hu

12/14/19 Arts of Point Richmond Holiday Fair.

11/17/19 Reading of Freefall: A Divine Comedy at California Writer’s Club.

9/15/19 Poetry Reading at Venus Restaurant, Solano, 3:30 – 5:00 PM.

7/19/19 Demystifying the Path to Publication, Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA, Room 427, Noon

5/15/19 Point Richmond book group invited me to join in their discussion of Freefall: A Divine Comedy. 6:30 PM







4/7/19 Discussion of my writing process with book group at Spring @ Napa, a retirement residence. 1 PM.

3/30/19 Solstice Senior Living, presentation on The Seeds of my Novels. 3 PM.

2/7/19  Reading, conversation, & book signing in The Maraschi Room, Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, University of San Francisco. Noon

1/26/19 Book release party for Freefall: A Divine Comedy at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Reading and panel discussion with three visual artists, followed by wine, appetizers, and other refreshments. 

You can view the YouTube video of the release party for Freefall at




1/10/19 Artists First Radio will interview me at 6 PM Pacific time. If you miss the live show, it will be available in the archives.

1/7/19 Odd Mondays at Folio Books, San Francisco, 3957 24th Street, San Francisco, CA. Joint reading, conversation, and signing with Laurie Ann Doyle, author of the short story collection World Gone Missing. 7 PM

1/8/19 Author interview on The Authors Show. It will be available for 24 hours and then placed in the archives.

11/1/18 I participated in the WFWA Happy Hour: “

8/28/18 Christina Lake, BC, Living Arts Center (Lisa’s Bistro). Reading, conversation, and signing, 6:30 PM. 

8/30/18 Grand Forks, BC, Library. Reading, conversation, and signing. 6:00 PM.

8/2/17, Poetry reading at Belvedere/Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA, 7 PM.

7/8/18, Poetry reading at Britt Marie, 1369 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA, 3:30 – 5:00 PM.

1/23/18 Reading with Laurie Doyle and Lori Ostlund as well as panel discussion: Demystifying the Path to Publication: Three Writers Discuss Everything from Where Ideas Come From to How Work Gets Published, Oakland Public Library, Piedmont Branch, 80 Echo Avenue, Oakland, 6:30 – 8 PM

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1/13/18 Reading with Laurie Doyle and Lori Ostlund as well as panel discussion: Demystifying the Path to Publication: Three Writers Discuss Everything from Where Ideas Come From to How Work Gets Published, Oakland Public Library, Lakeview Branch, Oakland, 3 – 4:30 PM

1/8/18 Kate Raphael will be interviewing me on KPFA’s Women’s Magazine on Monday, 1/8/17, at 1:00 pm, 94.1 FM in Northern California. They also will have it online at And it will be podcast at or

12/14/17 Why There Are Words, A Literary Reading Series, 333 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 7 PM

11/5/17 WNBA Centennial Celebration at Book Passage, Corte Madera, 1 PM. (I’ll be reading from Curva Peligrosa.

10/26/17 Interview on “Afternoon Delight,” Mutiny Radio, 3:30 – 4:30 PM: Tune in at and click to listen live. The interview will also be available in the show’s archives.

10/14/17 Book launch of Curva Peligrosa at Salute Restaurant, 1900 Esplanade Dr, Richmond, CA 94804, 4-6 PM.

10/2/17 Brookdale San Pablo, San Pablo, CA, Reading & Conversation, 2-3 PM

9/14/17 Great Good Place for Books, 6120 Lasalle Ave, Oakland, 7 PM

9/13/17 Kaleidoscope Cafe, Point Richmond, So To Speak group reading and panel, 7 PM

9/5/17 Book Passage, Corte Madera, So To Speak group reading and panel, 7 PM20170829_192402

8/29/17 Corte Madera Library, poetry reading, 7 PM

Youtube video of my Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA, book launch of Fling!:

Youtube videos of Christina Lake, B.C., book launch of Fling! on 8/8/15:

Youtube video of my 8-minute reading of “Biting Through” at the Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series:

RRBC RAVE WAVES BlogTalkRadio “TAG TEAM 2*4*5” introducing 4 new RRBC members (including Lily Iona MacKenzie), July 23, 2016:

I met Anna Crowe today, the narrator of Fling!‘s audio version, during a reading I did at MPTF – Motion Picture & Television Fund. Here is a photo of the two of us there:


8/9/16 Sunrise Senior Living of Woodland Hills, 20461  Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91364, Reading & Conversation, 2 PM.

8/10/16 The Commons at Woodland Hills, 21711 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364, Reading & Conversation, 2 PM

8/11/16 MPTF – Motion Picture & Television Fund, 23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91364, Reading & Conversation, 2 PM

7/28/16 Meeting with women’s book group in San Francisco, 8-9 PM. Thanks to these lovely ladies for inviting me to visit their group for a discussion of Fling! and excellent food!

7/9/16 Four-Eyed Frog Bookstore, Gualala, 4 PM


7/10/16 Point Arena Library, Reading & Conversation, 2 PM

6/16/16 Poetry Reading at Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael, 7 – 9

PM6/12/16, Deborah’s Book Group in Berkeley, 4:30 – 6:00 PM


6/4 & 6/5, Bay Area Book Festival Booth in Berkeley, 10 AM till 6 PM

5/12/16 Why There Are Words Reading Series, Studio 333 on 333 Ca
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, Sausalito, CA, Reading, 7 PM

5/7/16 Santa Rosa Senior Fair9-1 


5/6/16  Brookdale Fremont, Fremont, CA, Reading & Conversation, 1-2 PM

4/21/16 Albany Senior Expo10-1 PM   


4/29/16 Vineyard Common, Santa, Rosa, CA, Book Club, 2 PM

4/18/16 Brookdale San Pablo, San Pablo, CA, Reading & Conversation, 2-3 PM


4/8/16 The Commons at Dallas Ranch, Antioch, CA, Reading & Conversation, 2-3 PM

3/22/16 The Redwoods, Mill Valley, CA, Reading & Conversation, 7:15 – 8:15 PM

3/24/16 Chateau III Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill, CA, Reading & Conversation, 2-3 PM

3/3/16 Brookdale Retirement, 800 Oregon Street, Sonoma, CA, Reading & Conversation, 3-4 PM

3/7/16 The Springs of Napa, Napa, CA, Reading & Conversation, 11-12 AM

3/7/16 Redwood Retirement, Napa, CA, Reading & Conversation, 2-3 PMsenior-home-3

3/10/16 Aegis of Corte Madera, Corte Madera, CA, Reading & Conversation, 11 AM to noon

2/25/16 Vineyard Common, Santa, Rosa, CA, Reading & Conversation, 2:30-3:30 PM
2/15/16 Sonoma Hills Retirement, Sonoma, Reading & Conversation, 1-2 PM

2/5/16 Springfield Place Retirement, Petaluma, CA, Reading & Conversation, 2-3 PM

2/12/16 Brookdale Retirement, Rohnert Park, CA, Reading & Conversation, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

1/21/16 Lake Merritt Senior Resident, Talk on the Magic in Magical Realism, Oakland, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

1/28/16 Vintage Silver Creek, San Jose, CA, Book Club, 2-3:30 PM


1/29/16 Vintage Sutter Street, San Francisco, Book Club & Reading 2:30 – 3:30 PM

2/2/16 Artists First Radio Interview, 3-4 PM.

1/14/16 Grand Lake Gardens, Oakland, Reading & Conversation, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

1/7/16 Vintage San Ramon, 3-4 PM

12/10/15 The Berkshire Vintage Senior Living, 2235 Sacramento St., Berkeley, CA, Reading & Conversation (10:30-11:30)

12/7/15 Holiday Touch Senior Residence, 2621 Appian Way, Pinole, CA, Reading & Conversation (2-3 PM)

11/12/15 Atria Tamalpais Creek Senior Residence, Novato, CA, Reading & conversation (6-7 PM)

11/16/15 Atria Senior Residence, Burlingame, CA, Reading & Conversation (3-4 PM)

11/1/15 Avalon Aisle of Beauty, Day of the Dead Celebration, 1016 B Street, San Rafael, CA, Reading & conversation (4-7 PM)

10/30/15, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA, Reading, conversation, signing, followed by potluck lunch. Bring a dish to share. 12:00 till 1:30 PM.

10/21/15 Marin Senior Information Fair, Marin Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA. 9:00 AM-3:00 PM 

10/9/15, Avalon Aisle of Beauty, Mexican Art Show, 1016 B Street, San Rafael, CA, Reading, conversation, and signing. 7 PM

9/10/15, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA,

9/21/15, Folio Books, 3957 24th Street, San Francisco, CA, Joint reading, conversation, and signing with Manfred Wolf. 7 PM

9/3/15, Book Passage, Corte Madera, 7 PM

8/27/15, KUSF radio, San Francisco, Interview (check out the podcast at

8/8/15 Grand Forks, BC, Library. Reading, conversation, and signing. 2 PM.

8/8/15 Christina Lake, BC, Living Arts Center (Lisa’s Bistro). Reading, conversation, and signing, 7 PM.

8/11/15 CJSW Radio Station, Calgary, AB, featured interview on Suffragette City. 2-4 PM.

8/12/15 Kerby Senior Center, Calgary AB, Reading, conversation, and signing, 1 PM.

8/14/15 The Manor Village at Signature Park, Calgary AB, Reading, conversation, and signing, 1 PM. 

8/14/15 Where Words Collide Book Festival, Calgary, AB, Workshop “The Origins of Fiction.” 4-5 PM

8/15/15 Pages Bookstore, Calgary, AB, Reading, conversation, and signing. 3 PM

8/15/15 Where Words Collide Book Festival, Calgary, AB, Reading. 8 PM

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