Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. All four books have been translated into many languages, and French Lessons has been optioned by Unique Features to be made into a movie. Sussman is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She was named a San Francisco Library Laureate in 2004 and in 2009 and has been awarded fellowships from The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Napoule Art Foundation, Hedgebrook, Brush Creek, Ledig House, Ucross, Ragdale Foundation, Writers at Work, Wesleyan Writers Conference, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes.
Patricia Glass will read from A Wedding in Provence by Ellen Sussman. Glass has been involved in dramas, comedies, musicals, voice-overs, staged readings, and storytelling for more than thirty years; locally for the past twelve. Her most recent credit is Annelle in Steel Magnolias at the Woodland Opera House, and she’ll be performing the role of the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet there in January. Glass earned a BA in theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has worked for UC Davis for the past fourteen years.
Charlene Logan Burnett’s work has been published in RHINO, Weave Magazine, WomenArts Quarterly, Yemassee, and other magazines and journals. She earned an MFA in playwriting from UC Davis. She attended Wellesley College, where she was awarded the The Johanna Mankiewicz Davis Prize for Fiction and the Academy of American Poets Prize. She is the recipient of a writing fellowship from The MacDowell Colony and received a Pushcart Prize nomination for a short story published in 2013.
Al Lewis will read “Crow at Dusk” by Charlene Logan Burnett. Lewis has a law degree and a master’s degree in library science and worked for many years as an administrator at UCD School of Law. He retired early because he valued the hours more than the dollars. Since then he has pursued interests in painting, the sciences, poetry, various discussion groups, and fitness, and enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.