Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘local authors’


Emerging From the Shadows

Emerging From the Shadows

Women artists. From 1860 to 1960. From realism of the 19th century to the modernism of the 20th century. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, printmakers, and ceramicists. Over 2,000 images. And covering 320 female artists. This is Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists in California, 1860-1960 by Maurine St. Gaudens. The Creative Arts Group in […]

Black Widow Bitches

Black Widow Bitches

Editor’s note: Thelma Reyna is a local poet and founder/publisher of Golden Foothills Press. We’re thankful for her introduction to its latest release… Black Widow Bitches Victor Cass, a military historian, is the author of a new novel that is garnering attention because of its timeliness and relevance to our changing American military policies regarding […]

Favorite Pastime: Shopping for Books

Favorite Pastime: Shopping for Books

Our no. 1 favorite pastime is reading. We will forego swimming, dining, hiking, driving, playing, partying—almost anything—in order to tuck up on the couch or get comfy on the patio, with no one to interrupt, until we read “The End.” It’s our bliss, our heaven on Earth. Our no. 2 favorite pastime is shopping for books. […]

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Gerda Govine Ituarte is a woman we’ve come to know; initially over a bowl of soup at Euro Pane (the original) and subsequently via quick chats at events, some phone calls, and email. She’s a businesswoman, a consultant, an activist, a supporter, and a poet. We admit readily that we are not learned when it comes […]

Talking to Ourselves

Talking to Ourselves

My dog Wilma and I take a turn off the main drag onto one of the tree-lined blocks of our Pasadena neighborhood. Across the street a man walks in the opposite direction, talking to himself. I double-check: yes. No smartphone, no earbuds. He stops talking when he sees us. I pretend not to notice. As […]

Another Darko Dawson Mystery

Another Darko Dawson Mystery

Many of the reviews of Wife of the Gods mention that if you “like” The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency then you’ll “love” Dr. Kwei Quartey’s first novel. Nothing against Alexander McCall Smith, but it’s a bit like “apples and oranges.” This is what we wrote in early 2013 about Pasadena resident Kwei Quartey’s most recent mystery novel at […]

Life’s Own Colors Darken

Life’s Own Colors Darken

Words slather with mucus, too much eating Crocodile meat. Words splatter against a sky once light as bisque cups holding hope. Now, life’s own colors darken, by word-stains of politicians from whose lexicon flee words like “justice, integrity, humanity, and the phrase “Do unto others,” hides under a rock somewhere, looking for Mars, Venus, or […]

Representing Ourselves: Giving Voice to the Latinas We Know

Representing Ourselves: Giving Voice to the Latinas We Know

Désirée Zamorano and Isabel Quintero at two Latinas who are raising their voices. The National Endowment for the Humanities has partnered with the American Library Association, allocating $1.48 million to support Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, “a public exploration of the rich and varied experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States […]

Jeanne Kelley: The Portable Feast

Jeanne Kelley: The Portable Feast

We first met Jeanne Kelley when she was asked to be a panelist for the inaugural LitFest Pasadena in Central Park, spring of 2012. At one point, we had to drop off materials at her home, a modern cement box nestled into the hillside that upon entering is a marvel. Instead of simply receiving what […]

The Secret of Marie

The Secret of Marie

The Secret of Marie is the third book by former Altadena resident Rebecca Bricker. We first met Bricker after the publication of her debut work, Tales From Tavanti: An American Woman’s Mid-Life Adventure in Italy. From nonfiction, Bricker leaps into a historical novel, “an art history mystery set in Monet’s Giverny.” Well, that tweaks our interest; recalling […]

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