Authors visiting Readers’ Books, July 24th & 26th

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 12, 2007*

Information Contact:

lilla@readersbooks.com

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476

707-939-1779
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/*PLEASE NOTE THAT ANTHONY BARBERA, SCHEDULED FOR JULY 19TH, HAS BEEN CANCELLED*/

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Tuesday, July 24, 7:30 p.m. *Gerald W. Haslam *will read from his new novel, “Grace Period, “at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Gerald W. Haslam will read from his new novel, “Grace Period,” at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, July 24^th , at 7:30 p.m. at Readers’ Books.

Marty Martinez, a Mexican American journalist, doesn’t think his life can’t get any worse, but it does. His beloved son has died of AIDS, his wife has divorced him and joined a cult, and his daughter blames him for everything. Then he finds out he has cancer. “Grace Period” is a powerful and sometimes hilarious novel about living with serious illness, a dysfunctional family, and a newly inspired career. He falls in love with a fellow cancer patient and renews his faith in a Catholic Church as troubled as he is.

Gerry Haslam is one of California’s finest writers. Here he depics the complexities of everyday life and the intricate, sometimes painful bonds of love, friendship, and family. He is a professor emeritus of English at Sonoma State University, the author of many articles and books, and a cancer survivor himself, He lives in Penngrove, CA.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Thursday, July 26, 7:30 p.m. *Mary Mackey* will read from her new novel, “The Notorious Mrs. Winston, “ at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Mary Mackey will read from her new novel, “The Notorious Mrs. Winston,” at Readers’ Books on Thursday, July 26^th , at 7:30 p.m.

When it comes to great battles in American history, the Civil War remains a highly romanticized, politically charged conflict that not only divided a nation, but broke up families as well. Historical novelist Mary Mackey has written a stunning novel about one woman’s struggle to be courageous, to love, and to stand up for her convictions.

Claire Winston is married to an older man who sees her as little more than a possession. She’s trapped and unhappy but knows that her pain is nothing compared to that of others during the build-up to the Civil War. When she falls in love with her husband’s nephew, a Confederate soldier, she gets caught up in fighting for the wrong side and must disguise herself as a male soldier in order to travel across a war-torn nation.

Mary Mackey is the author of eight novels as well as screenplays, poetry, and nonfiction. She is a professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at California Station University. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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