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Meet the Author Series

Spring 2020

2nd Wednesdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30

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January 8: Our series begins with Capitola author, KATHRYN GUALTIERI, who will be discussing her latest mystery novels, featuring "Carmel Pine Cone" reporter, Nora Finnegan. The Red Scare and Murder By Candlelight are set in the mid-1930s at a time when Carmel-by-the-Sea faced a wave of anti-communist sentiment, and the community was split over whether the book Ulysses should be considered an obscene novel and banned from the public library.

February 12: STANLEY STEVENS, noted local educator and historian, will speak about researching local history which was his avocation during nearly thirty years (1965-1993) as Map Librarian at the University Library, UCSC. His research, writing, and indexing local history publications continues as his principal interest and daily activity. Stanley is an expert on the life of Frederick Augustus Hihn, a German Immigrant who came to California during the Gold Rush. He made his way to Santa Cruz County in 1851 and was the founder of Capitola.

March 11: NIKKI SILVA, co-author of Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, a 2005 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. This is certain to be an educational and entertaining presentation as indicated by this quote, "The Kitchen Sisters have done some of the best radio stories ever broadcast." — Ira Glass

April 8: CAROLYN BURKEFoursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury is Carolyn's most recent book. Her other books include No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf; Lee Miller: A Life (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle biography award); and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy. Born in Sydney, Australia, she now lives in Santa Cruz.