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SUNDAY (Dec 8)
Lisa Brackmann, “Rock Paper Tiger: How All Good Writing Keeps Us in Suspense,” 2 p.m., Join New York Times best-selling author Lisa Brackmann (Rock Paper Tiger) for a discussion on how techniques for writing crime fiction can be applied to to nearly any genre. Learn how suspense and mystery can help drive narrative, turning a plod into a page-turner. Redwood Writers, Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. Details: redwoodwriters.org/meetings
MONDAY (Dec. 9)
Monte Schulz, “Naughty,” 7 p.m., Based on a true story: Monte Schulz's prose novel fictionalizes the hardboiled exploits of a real-life femme fatale, told from her hapless husband's perspective. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, bookpassage.com.
TUESDAY (Dec 10)
Byron Williams, “1963: The Year of Hope and Hostility,” 7 p.m., It was a year that began with George Wallace declaring “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” and concluded with Martin Luther King being named Time Magazine's Man of the Year. It was a year that cemented our current Cuban policy and shaped the events in Vietnam. It was a year that demonstrated to the world America's incongruence between the Jeffersonian ideal that “all men are created equal” and the everlasting threads of segregation and slavery to which the streets of Birmingham bore witness. Finally, 1963 was the year America was forced to acknowledge the fact that presidential assassinations were a reality as it witnessed the death of President Kennedy. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, bookpassage.com.