About This Episode
April is an exciting month for the book world. The LA Times Festival of Books is one of the largest book fest in the country, usually seeing 150,000 guests throughout the weekend. The last two years have halted this giant outdoor festival, but 2022 will bring it back to life. Expecting around 100,000 people to walk around the festival held on the USC campus in Los Angeles. Every year WPN reserves a big booth, and our members join us, allowing them to sell and hype their books up. It’s networking at its most pure. In this episode, we talk with three authors from the WPN booth, S.R Strickland, author of The Awakening of La Muse; Tamara Miller Davis, author of Despite the Buzz; and Catherine Klatzker, author of You Will Never Be Normal. These three ladies have written inspiring stories, all very different voices that need to be heard.
About the Authors
S.R. Strickland, writer, traveler, lover of literature, theater, music. Lived in Europe for many years, whereby her enthusiasm for storytelling germinated. Crammed with dramatic ideas for narratives, she returned to the U.S. motivated to write. The Awakening of La Muse, a debut novel, received high praise from various reviewers, e.g., recommended by The US Review of Books and The Historical Novel Society. In July 2019, her work inspired a literary evening hosted by the Towne Street Theatre Group (TST) at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles. The ensemble read and dramatized excerpts from the novel. Ms. Strickland is currently writing the sequel to La Muse.
Tamara Miller Davis
TAMARA MILLER DAVIS is an author, fire-wife, mother of two, dance enthusiast, and U.S. Coast Guard veteran from Michigan. After earning degrees from Ventura College and Cal State Channel Islands, she began working as a credentialed substitute teacher, summer-camp ESL instructor, and tutor. A lifelong writer, Tamara has published articles, participated in poetry readings, won a countywide inspirational essay contest, presented penned pieces at dance exhibits, spoken on podcasts, and performed on stage via the Ventura County Star and USA Today’s Storytellers Project. Tamara is a member of the Women’s National Book Association, Writers and Publishers Network, and Ventura County Writers Club.
Despite the Buzz was awarded first place for contemporary romantic fiction and third place for literary fiction at The BookFest.
Catherine Klatzker is a memoirist, poet, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, meditator, and retired pediatric ICU RN. She lives in Los Angeles where she writes creative nonfiction and poetry. Her work appears in Atticus Review, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Emrys Journal, Lime Hawk Journal, The Examined Life Journal, Tiferet Journal, and in Mental Health anthologies. She was a Ragdale Foundation writing resident in Lake Forest, Illinois, and is a member of the Authors Guild. You Will Never Be Normal was longlisted for the 2017 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program.
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In Part two of our LA Times Festival of Books author showcase, we talk with three more authors who will be in the WPN booth (#200). Norbert Soski, Author of Only Human, A Guide to the Human Operating System; Rosalinda Diaz, Author of Rom-Com Bee Stings; and Adanna Moriarty, best-selling author of Threadbare, a Patchwork of Poems that Make a Life. In this episode, you get to know each author and what you can expect from them at the festival. Both Norbert and Rosalinda have cool giveaways for the folks who buy their books during the weekend (April 23 &24), and Adanna’s publisher is bringing all sorts of goodies.
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