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Golden State

October 2014 book selection

Golden State

by Michelle Richmond

October 8, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

Join Morning Edition host Donna Apidone in conversation with Michelle Richmond, author of Golden State. They will talk about the book and about the playlist that goes with it. These songs, which are a part of the storyline, help define the characters and capture the spirit of the novel. Some of them are California songs, and they remind us that Julie, the main character, and Michelle, the author, are both transplants to the state. They both came from the South, and they both experienced a seismic shift in being Californians.

We'll throw in some excellent wine and food to make this a perfect evening.

Don't miss it, Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets by clicking on the orange Eventbrite button.

October 1, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

What if California seceded from the nation? What if a girl raised in poverty in Mississippi moved to the Golden State and went on to write best-selling novels?

In her novel Golden State, which is our October pick and author event, Michelle Richmond tells her story and answers many "what if" questions for the reader. She tackles a difficult hostage situation, and she answers the question, "what if" someone comes back from war and is left unstable?

Richmond encourages her readers to think for themselves and ask their own questions while reading her stories. A book is truly memorable when the reader is still asking questions after finishing reading, and this book satisfies that urge.

Please join us for an evening of conversation, wine and appetizers and a chance to ask Michelle Richmond your own "what if?" Tickets are still available for this event on Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Capital Public Radio. Join us! Get your ticket by clicking on the orange Eventbrite button.

September 24, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

Many of my favorite books take place in the course of one day. Ian McEwen's Saturday, Embers by Sondor Marai and Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. I can now add Golden State, by our October guest author, Michelle Richmond, to that list.

In this one day in a tumultuous San Francisco, Dr. Julie Merrill has an incredibly bad time. While the city is in the grip of the vote on secession, we follow Julie and her emotions as she confronts one after another difficult relationship... as the clock ticks.

Richmond's skill at keeping the reader concerned for Dr. Merrill's welfare, along with the welfare of the state in this long and difficult day, brings the novel to its climax and the reader to keep turning the pages. We will keep you on the edge of your seat, as well.

Please join us as Donna Apidone and Michelle Richmond talk about writing, loving the City of San Francisco and what's coming up next for this talented author. Make sure you get a ticket today, and join us on Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. for a glass of wine, a scrumptious appetizer and a great conversation.

September 17, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

Although an earthquake is not at the epicenter of this novel, it is a novel of today's San Francisco, with upheaval all around. Our guest for CapRadio Reads October author event, Michelle Richmond, has written a tale of a collapsing marriage, birth, death and violence, all against the background of California seceding from the nation. While the plot line will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout, Richmond's meditative style calms you enough to keep breathing and keep reading. 

Michelle Richmond, like her protagonist, is a transplant from Mississsippi. She's a prolific writer, and I am sure she will be a terrific guest. Please join her in conversation with our own Donna Apidone, Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. We will have our usual array of delicious appetizers and wonderful wines, to go along with an interesting conversation. 

For tickets, click on the orange Eventbrite button.

September 10, 2014 | Vicki Lorini

With just a hint of Fall in the air, we are preparing for our final author event of the year.

On Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m., we will welcome author Michelle Richmond to talk about her latest book, Golden State. Donna Apidone will guide the conversation.

Richmond's novel presents a highly dramatic personal story of four people whose lives are interrupted by an election to decide whether California, the Golden State, will secede from the Union, or stay a part of the United States.

Two sisters, who have had tragic episodes disturb their relationship, have an opportunity to reunite in the midst of a political situation that has delivered San Francisco an earthquake-like blow.

Richmond is a winner of many literary awards, including the Mississippi Review Fiction Prize. She is best known for her previous novel, The Year Of Fog, which appears on many "top ten favorite" book lists. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of San Francisco.

Golden State shows a glimpse of San Francisco's future that is every bit as enthralling as its past, and will make for another fantastic conversation.

Please join us for an evening of wine, conversation and terrific food, (no Rice-A-Roni here).

Buy your tickets by clicking the orange Eventbrite button.

As always, thanks for reading.

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