Presenters

Please see each author’s individual page for more information on them. Lectures are free, but will be ticketed in September. There may be a small service charge at eventbrite.com.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS ON OUR NEWEST ADDITION: A SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM ON ‘LITERATURE OF THE CALIFORNIA DESERT.’

We are proud to announce a special symposium within our 2019 book festival that will explore literature inspired by the California Desert. This special area of the book festival will be comprised of poetry and prose readings from works by our audience, local writers, as well as from famous works of literature, all leading to public discussions about writing that evokes haunting imagery and feelings about our California desert.
Aspiring and published authors will participate, including Ruth Nolan, professor of English at the College of the Desert. Several events will be filmed to broadcast on our YouTube channel. We will explore the lore, mystique and history surrounding legendary desert names in film and books–the Mojave, Death Valley, Palm Springs, Route 66 and Barstow.  We hope to also have a writing workshop on Friday, the day before the festival.

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T. FAYE GRIFFIN, author / humorist

T.Faye Griffin is an award-winning humorist who’s put words into the mouths of Academy Award winners, comedians, politicians, and everyday folk alike. From A&E to BET to PBS, she has amassed an impressive list of writing credits that include the landmark comedy series “In Living Color” and Steve Harvey’s “Big Time Challenge.”

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JOHN SAUNDERS, AUTHOR AND COUNSELOR

John is an author, counsellor, child sexual abuse advocate (and survivor) and Workplace Communications  Assessor and Trainer.  John has the ability to clearly articulate the emotionality and events that happened that other victims cannot. He is a designer and facilitator of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Public Education Forums. He is the first person in Australia to take the Catholic Church to court on a Duty of Care case.

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LITERARY AGENTS PANEL: We are developing a literary panel that will discuss what goes into making a good pitch to literary agents. While the panel will be free, for a separate FEE we will plan to also provide an opportunity for authors to submit a sample of their writing to some of our agents in advance of the book festival. The authors will either receive a written critique of their work or have a ten-minute one-on-one session with the agent at our book festival. More details to come!
OUR FIRST AGENT: Paul S. Levine of The Paul S. Levine Literary Agency

The vast majority of Paul S. Levine’s clients come to his Los Angeles firm as new, previously unpublished, or self-published authors, as well as the estates of authors whose books deserve a “new life”. Levine has a keen understanding of industry strategy and has the editorial contacts required to ensure his success as both a literary agent and entertainment law attorney, and is thus able to offer his clients a comprehensive range of publishing attorney and literary attorney services.

 

— MORE AGENTS WILL BE ADDED IN THE COMING MONTHS! —