January 27, 2001
The documentary "Women of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction" will screen Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall on the UCLA Campus. The film features crime novelists Marcia Muller, Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky and follows them as they do research and share their processes of writing and living with their female protagonists.
May 23, 1991 |
You won't find Santa Teresa on a map of Southern California, but any reader of Sue Grafton's popular series of books featuring fiercely independent female private detective Kinsey Millhone can tell you where it is. It's a beachside town just north of Ventura County, with a university campus nearby, several luxury hotels, and the main drag is called State Street. Indeed, "Santa Teresa" sounds a lot like Santa Barbara.
March 13, 1988 |
The Sacramento Delta country, which seems underused in fiction but was the setting for Joan Didion's fine first novel "Run River" in 1963, becomes a well-evoked and dramatically atmospheric background for Marcia Muller's mystery thriller, Eye of the Storm. Muller's heroine, Sharon McCone, a private investigator for a San Francisco law firm, visits an island in the delta where her sister and brother-in-law are trying to convert an old mansion into a bed-and-breakfast.
February 5, 1998 |
Who among us has not sent off a letter to the editor opining about something? Wendy Dager, an expert on the greeting-card market whose work has also appeared in numerous journals, will explain how writers can make money from their opinions by getting published on op-ed pages in newspapers and magazines. Sponsored by the Ventura County Writers Club, the event is scheduled at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Orchid Professional Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. Fee for nonmembers is $5.
July 10, 1997 |
In the good old days of publishing, authors were concerned with getting a decent advance, being well reviewed and earning royalties. And, yes, they fantasized about a nibble from the movie people. However, in today's complicated publishing climate, agents or literary lawyers have to negotiate for film, television, electronic, foreign and product licensing rights on behalf of their authors.
June 27, 1996 |
My favorite reading subjects as a youngster were history and biography. When confined to the house due to illness, I would ask my mother to get books from the library about real people and actual events. So in pursuit of real and true, I recommend local author Patricia Fry's history of the Ojai Valley School, "A Thread to Hold." And there is the just-published "The Mission Bells that Never Rang" a pictorial history of San Buenaventura Mission by Max Kurillo and E.M. Tuttle.