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September 21, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Menlo Park, CA 94025
Map of California, with magnifying glass resting on top
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California History Galore

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

September marks the 171st anniversary of California statehood. Mark the occasion with us, as our panel of novelists discusses the challenges and triumphs of California history

From the most infamous night in Los Angeles history to the fields of Central California in the 1960s, with plenty of stops in between, join us for a lively panel looking at our state's history from the fictional perspective. 

Novelists John DiSimone, Anne Louise Bannon, and Colleen Adair Fliedner talk with moderator Xina Marie Uhl our state's glorious and not-so-glorious past and how they use the historical facts to bring their novels to life.

About Anne Louise Bannon

Author and journalist Anne Louise Bannon wrote her first novel at age 15. Her journalistic work has appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Wines and Vines, and in newspapers across the country. She was a TV critic for over 10 years, founded the Your Family Viewer blog, and the Odd Ball Grape wine education blog.  Anne the co-author of Howdunit: Book of Poisons, and author of the Freddie and Kathy mystery series, the Operation Quickline series, and the Old Los Angeles series. Her most recent title is Death of the City Marshal. She and her husband live in Southern California with an assortment of critters. 

About Colleen Adair Fliedner 

Colleen Adair Fliedner is an award-winning author, journalist, and historian. She has written three nonfiction books, radio and t.v. commercials, screenplays, and hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. She was a staff writer for the Orange County Register newspaper’s online travel website and was a regular contributor for Talking Travel Radio Network based on the East Coast. In the Shadow of War: Spies, Love & the Lusitania is her first novel. 

About John DeSimone 

John DeSimone was born in Santa Monica and lives in the Los Angeles area. He is the author of the novel Leonardo's Chair. His latest is a historical novel, The Road to Delano, which is set during the Delano grape strike led by Cesar Chavez. By day he works with individuals turning their stories into compelling memoirs. Two of his recent memoirs are The Broken Circle: A memoir of escaping Afghanistan with Enjeela Ahmadi Miller, and The Courage to Say No with Dr. Raana Mahmood. He has worked with executives, entrepreneurs, and people with exciting stories as a co-author or editor. He is a bibliophile and traveler and enjoys finding new places to visit.

About Xina Marie Uhl

Arizona native Xina Marie Uhl lives in sunny Southern California with her family and pets. In addition to writing romance, fantasy, historical fiction, westerns, and humor, she writes educational materials, her favorite being history (she holds BA and MA degrees in History). Xina’s recent books include All Mouth and No Trousers; Lady Law and the Texas DeRangers; and City of the Dead. When she isn't reading and writing, she enjoys hiking, photography, and planning new travel adventures.