2 pm | SATURDAY, JULY 27
Jennifer Spiegel and Dr. Sandi Van Lieu, fiction writers, will read from their books and have an interactive discussion about the writing life and its challenges. Spiegel is wrapping up a book tour for her latest novel, And So We Die, Having First Slept. Van Lieu, a seasoned author of several books, is hard at work on new material. Q & A will follow.
About Jennifer's Book
And So We Die, Having First Slept is about marriage, youth, middle-age, Gen X, and fidelity. Brett is older than Cash by a decade; both are world-weary--one from negotiating brain trauma and bad love, the other from hiding and reviving addiction. Bath salts and babies work on their ten-year relationship, forcing them to begin again one way or another. And So We Die, Having First Slept is the debut publication of Bosco’s Going Down Press LLC, an independently-operated publishing company of literary prose. "Jennifer Spiegel's much-anticipated second novel teems with intelligence and candor, assuredly. But oh, more than that, even, it's that voice--it darts, it vamps, it dives, and most of all it scrutinizes, squarely, head-on, witty and withering. In this multitudinous soliloquy of a book, we get the relentless quest of a self-determined to narrate itself into being and becoming. Devour it; I did." – Tim Horvath, Understories
About the Author
Jennifer Spiegel is mostly a fiction writer with three books and a miscellany of short publications, though she also teaches English and creative writing. She is part of Snotty Literati, a book-reviewing gig, with Lara Smith. She lives with her family in Arizona. Spiegel is also a co-editor of Dead Inside: Poems and Essays About Zombies. Currently, Spiegel is working on a memoir, Cancer, I'll Give You One Year: A Non-Informative Guide To Breast Cancer, or Cancer, I'll Give You One Year: How To Get Your Ba-Da-Bing Boobies On The House!
About Sandi's Book
Never in a million years could seventeen-year-old Annabel have imagined her boyfriend Bryce would murder her parents. But he did. Six months after the murders, Annabel and her sister head to Los Angeles to live with their aunt and uncle. Because of what Bryce destroyed of her life, Annabel's plan is to keep her distance and avoid establishing relationships, especially with guys. Then she meets Tyler Larson, a former actor and fellow senior at her new high school. The chemistry is there, but neither one can share the secrets they're harboring about their pasts. As Annabel reads her mother's journal, she secretly struggles with the concept of forgiveness, while Tyler also searches for peace from his haunting mistakes. But eventually, the truth always comes out. Raw and painful, The Truth about Secrets explores falling in love through the eyes of two people who find it impossible to reveal everything that has made them who they are.
About the Author
Sandi Van Lieu wrote for teen magazines for many years and has two YA novels under her pen name, Sandi Greene. She is a professor of English and literature at Yavapai College and Grand Canyon University. She enjoys research, writing in academic journals, and working with college students to help them understand that writing doesn't have to be scary and can actually be fun! In her free time, Sandi enjoys reading books, studying history and genealogy, and traveling around the country with her husband. She also enjoys hanging out with her two kids, a fifteen-year-old daughter, and an eleven-year-old son.