Sep 27, 2017
Delight yourself in this intriguing mix of stories from Sonoma County, California. Take in glimpses of little-known history: the Sebastopol temple that became a touchstone for the Japanese community here before and after World War II; the pioneering women's rights advocate who fought the forced retirement at age 32 of airline stewardesses; the county's lone lesbian bar in the early 1980s; and the daring race car driver and aviator who made the nation's first airmail flight here in 1911. This anthology from award winning local writers includes nearly 50 works of nonfiction, fiction and poetry. Each piece is set in a wondrous land of rugged coastline, river valleys, hillside vineyards, and redwood forests. And each tells a distinctly Sonoma story: the crestfallen young grape grower who learned his land wasn't right for the "King" of the vines; author Jack London’s dream to develop a new kind of farming operation in the Valley of the Moon; and the Santa Rosa ice skating rink where early morning practitioners could routinely catch a glimpse of “Peanuts” comic strip creator Charles Schulz.
This new collection by the Redwood Writers is one of their best. The book is rich with history and has wonderful stories (nonfiction and fiction) and poems about Sonoma County.
Established in 1975, Redwood Writers is the largest of 21 branches of the California Writers Club, a nonprofit association founded in 1909. Early honorary CWC members included Jack London, George Sterling, John Muir, Joaquin Miller, and the first California poet laureate, Ina Coolbrith. Redwood Writers conducts monthly meetings and community events dedicated to “writers helping writers.” Meetings are open to the public. For more information go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
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