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Meet the Authors & Bookfaire

March 21 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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The Friends of the Shannon Center
Meet the Authors & Bookfaire

Gayle Carline, Craig Carlson, Katya Cengel, Yangsze Choo and Chris Erskine

Ticket with Lunch: $65.00 if received by February 29th, 2020.
Price increases to $75.00 on March 1st.
Ticket without Lunch: $40.00

Student Ticket: $15.00 (No Lunch)

NOTE: Lunch seating is limited. Reservations will be filled in the order they are received, and must be received no later than March 13th.

Meet great authors, discuss books with other bibliophiles and enjoy lunch on the Robinson Theatre stage with the authors.
Books from the authors will be available for purchase and for the authors to sign at the event.

Note from a 2016 Bookfaire Attendee:
I have been attending the Bookfaire for several years now. It is always a highlight of March for me. Thank you for your very thoughtful work at assembling such a wonderful group of authors. They are always such a surprise and open me to new ideas. I was especially moved by Jeff Hobbs this year. Just had to say thank you and keep up the good work!


Gayle Carline

Gayle Carline spent almost 30 years as a software engineer until she chewed her way out of the cubicle to become a writer. She began with journalistic pieces for Riding Magazine, then graduated to humor columns in the Placentia News-Times, and the North Orange County News Tribune. But she wanted to write whodunits. She knew nothing of police procedures, but figured that reading her husband’s mind was good experience for writing mysteries. Most of her books are set in Orange County, where there are always good places to hide a body. When she’s not writing, Gayle spends time with her horses, her family, and her friends.

Gayle’s latest book, “Murder Bytes,” is the fifth and final installment in her Peri Minneopa Mystery Series, featuring a 50-year-old housecleaner turned detective, and set in north Orange County. Murder Bytes is her 12th book, but she is planning to write many, many more.

Craig Carlson

With a background in journalism, Craig Carlson studied cinema at the University of Southern California where he directed an award-winning short film and won the prestigious John Huston Directing Award. In 2003, he completely shifted gears and opened the first American diner in Paris. He’s been serving hearty breakfasts to hungry customers from all over the world ever since. Craig wrote a NYT bestselling memoir about the experience entitled “Pancakes in Paris.” His next book, “Let Them Eat Pancakes,” is set to be released in the summer of 2020.

Katya Cengel

Katya Cengel is a freelance writer and author based in California. Her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post among other publications. She has reported from North and Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa and was based in the former Soviet Union for half a decade. She was a features and news writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal from 2003 to 2011.

She is the author of “From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union” (Potomac, 2019) a 2019 Foreword Reviews Book of the Day; “Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back” (Potomac, 2018) and “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life” (Nebraska, 2012), which was a finalist for the 2013 Kentucky Literary Award.

She has been awarded grants from the International Reporting Project, the International Women’s Media Foundation and the International Center for Journalists. Her series on the families of the Lost Boys of Sudan received a second place feature writing Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award and her 2017 article “My brother’s killer is now my friend” was named one of BBC’s “Best big reads of 2017”.

Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo is the NYTimes bestselling author of THE GHOST BRIDE (now a Netflix Original series) and THE NIGHT TIGER, Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick, Amazon’s Spotlight Pick, a Book of the Month Club selection, and one of Bookbub and USA Today’s best books of the year (so far in 2019). After graduating from Harvard, she worked as a management consultant while writing fiction on a coffee table at home in her spare time. Originally from Malaysia, she now lives in California with her family and several chickens. Yangsze loves to eat and read, and often does both at the same time. Dark chocolate is her writing inspiration. Visit her blog at www.yschoo.com, follow her on Twitter/Instagram @yangszechoo or FB https://m.facebook.com/yschooauthor/.

Chris Erskine

Chris Erskine is a nationally known humor columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times. His latest book, “Daditude,” is a collection of his favorite columns on fatherhood from the past 15 years. At The Times, he writes for the Sports, Travel, Calendar and Saturday sections and edits on the paper’s Features staff. As an editor, he has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Times (for his graphics work on the Northridge quake and the North Hollywood bank robbery). He is best known to readers for his weekly humor pieces on life in suburban Los Angeles.


March 21
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Ticket with Lunch $65
Ticket without Lunch $40
Student Ticket (No Lunch) $15