Jonis Agee, acclaimed for her short stories, poetry, and two novels: Sweet Eyes which holds small-town morality under a microscope; and Strange Angels that explores the power of familial and cultural myths of the contemporary West. South of Resurrection is due in 1997.Visit Jonis Agee’s website ›
Jill Ciment, author of Small Claims and The Law of Falling Bodies, chronicles her adolescent years in her memoir, Half a Life. “I felt for girls my age; we were more likely to have gone out in the world like Huckleberry Finn. I thought it was a story no one ever told.” Ciment reveals all, sometimes to the reader’s discomfort.Visit Jill Ciment’s website ›
Carol Easton, biographer of Stan Kenton, Samuel Goldwyn, and Jacqueline du Pre, now gives us No Intermissions: The life of Agnes de Mille, praised as “a valuable contribution to American cultural history.” A California native, she majored in Theater Arts at UCLA.
Earlene Fowler writes mysteries about everything she loves: cowboys, the Central Coast, quilts, and crafts. With quilt-name titles - Fool’s Puzzle; Irish Chain; Kansas Troubles; Goose in the Pond; Dove in the Window - her tales feature fearless sleuth Benni Harper.Visit Earlene Fowler’s website ›
Dorianne Laux pulls us “into the frightening brilliance of the world” in her two poetry collections, Awake and What We Carry. Her poetry transcends the ordinary facts of experience with elegance. It flies to the center of the nitty-gritty to emerge triumphant and sings about where we live.Visit Dorianne Laux’s website ›
Jacquelyn Mitchard, magazine and newspaper journalist, has written a moving first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean. Braided into her suspenseful plot about a missing child are psychological truths about motherhood, family relationships, and the sustaining importance of friendship. This book was chosen as the first to be featured in Oprah Winfrey’s national reading group.Visit Jacquelyn Mitchard’s website ›
Linda Raymond, author of Rocking the Babies, intertwines her own experience as a neonatal respiratory therapist with memories of her mother’s volunteer role in a neonatal intensive care unit. This stunning result was recognized with the 1995 American Book Award, Honor Award in Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award.
Lisa, See, author of On Gold Mountain, traces the 100-year history of her family from China in 1871 to their sojourn in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. It is at once the story of the See family, the Chinese culture, and the American immigrant experience.Visit Lisa See’s website ›