Upcoming events for The Murderer’s Maid: A Lizzie Borden Novel

5-10 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018: Authors on the Move event with the Sacramento Public Library. Visit with over 40 California authors and dine at a feast at the Hyatt Regency. Tickets for sale soon; visit

Saturday, April 28, 2018: Walnut Creek Library Association’s Wonderland Author’s Gala: Cocktail party and dinner with many authors. Tickets go on sale in March; visit

May 4-6, 2018: Gold Rush Writers Conference. I’ll be presenting on “Balancing Plot and Theme: How to Make a Novel Resonate” and also moderating a panel on publishing. This intimate, friendly writers conference is in its 14th year, held in the haunted Hotel Leger (“spirits here since 1851”) in the Gold Rush boom town of Mokelumne Hill, California. Organized by author Antoinette May. Headliners this year are Karen Joy Fowler and Ace Antonio Hall!

9-11 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018: Presenting at the California Writers Club Sacramento Branch. This is a brunch event open to the public at Coco’s, 7887 Madison Avenue (corner of Sunrise), Citrus Heights. The meeting is free but you purchase your own breakfast in the meeting room at the back. I’ll be talking about “How to navigate social media without getting bogged down and losing writing time.”

Past events for The Murderer’s Maid: A Lizzie Borden Novel

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017: Why There Are Words reading series hosted by author Peg Alford Pursell. Held at Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St. in Sausalito with seven authors: William Brewer, Jacqueline Doyle, Erika Mailman, Brittany Perham, Elizabeth Rosner, and Mary Volmer. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. Entry fee is $10 at the door, though donations to WTAW, a 501(c)3 nonprofit independent publishing press, are always welcome. Books from all authors available for sale at the event (grab a copy of The Murderer’s Maid before it officially launches on Oct. 30! You’ll be an early adopter!).

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017: 5-6 p.m. InsideStorytime DELUGE, part of Litquake’s Lit Crawl, at Muddy Waters, 521 Valencia, between 16th and 17th streets, San Francisco (please note: there are two Muddy Waters, and this is not the one at 24th and Valencia. Says the witty organizer James Warner, “Statistically at least one of you will go there instead by mistake, and if the past is any guide there will be a socialist workers meeting and a philosophy seminar in process there… but no Crawl event.”) Litquake is San Francisco’s enormously awesome weeklong literary festival and the Lit Crawl moving from pub to pub just adds liquor to an already fun evening. “Get drunk on words!” Okay, Muddy Waters is a coffeehouse, not a pub, but you do what you have to do. Readers: Makram Abu-Shakra, Rajshree Chauhan, Rob Davidson, Erika Mailman, Rebecca Winterer, and curator Ransom Stephens.

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017: 6-9 p.m. EBUG Local Author Event, Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Drive., Oakland, CA. $10, ticketed event includes light appetizers and wine. Confirmed authors: Cara Black, Erika Mailman, Sylvia Brownrigg, Risa Nye and Ros McIntosh.

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017: 6-9 p.m. Book launch of the Murderer’s Maid at the Pardee Home Museum, 672 Eleventh St. in downtown Oakland. Event includes slideshow lecture about the Lizzie Borden B&B and the Pardee Home itself, setting of my other novel House of Bellaver, wine and light refreshments and a chance to explore the house which is reputed to be… wait for it…haunted. This event will be ticketed in advance, $10: purchase at Books will be sold on site courtesy of the Laurel Book Store.

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017: 2 p.m. Murderer’s Maid reading and signing, Book Passage bookstore in the Ferry Building, #1 at the foot of Market Street, San Francisco. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017: 3 p.m. Murderer’s Maid reading and signing, Diesel Books, 5433 College Ave., Oakland. Free. There will be cupcakes with tiny hatchets burrowed into them: poor taste? But they will be delicious.

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017: 6 p.m. Women in Horror panel at SF in SF, with Loren Rhoads, Dana Fredsti, and Erika Mailman. American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St., San Francisco. Doors open at 6; event begins at 6:30. $10 (cash or Square) at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum, although no one turned away for lack of funds. Cash bar on donation basis also benefits the museum. Books will be for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books — please feel free to bring your own books from home to be signed; that is, if they were written by the authors who are presenting.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017: 3 p.m. bookreading and signing, Avid Reader Bookstore, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento, CA. Free.

1-3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, 2018: Author panel for the Sierra Renaissance Society with Cindy Sample and Taylor Graham. Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville, Room C102. More details soon at

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