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Four Fabulous
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Helene Wecker

Christina Schwarz

Janice Steinberg

Tupelo Hassman

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Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker's first novel, The Golem and the Jinni, was named "One of the Best Books of 2013 So Far," by Amazon Books, selected as one of "The Books We're Talking About," by Huffington Post, garnered a grade of "A" from Entertainment Weekly and received a rapturous review on the front page of The New York Times Book Review. 

San Francisco Magazine called it "a dazzling debut,” Family Circle said, "magical realism comes alive in an enchanting allegory of the immigrant experience,” and USA Today said, "In the best instances, you don't merely read a book -- you dive in and happily immerse yourself, forgetting the troubles of daily life for a while.”

Helene received a B.A. from Carleton College in Minnesota and an M.F.A. from Columbia University.  Her fiction has appeared in the online magazine Joyland.  Helene makes her home near San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
New York Times Review 
10 Best Fiction Books of 2013, Entertainment Weekly

Wecker book cover THE GOLEM AND THE GENIE
Christina Schwarz

Christina Schwarz

Christina Schwarz is the critically acclaimed author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah book club pick, Drowning Ruth, as well as All Is Vanity, So Long at the Fair and, most recently, The Edge of the Earth, which was nominated for the Southern California Booksellers' Association annual fiction prize.  After earning a B.A. and M.A. in English from Yale, she taught high school English for several years before becoming a writer.  She grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and has lived in Washington, D.C., Oxford, England, Los Angeles, New York City and Exeter, New Hampshire.  She now makes her home in South Pasadena.

About the Author from Oprah's Book Club

Edge of the Earth cover by Christina Schwarz

Janice Steinbergy author of The Tin Horse

Janice Steinberg

Janice Steinberg is the author of The Tin Horse.  Set in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in the 1920s and 30s, the book has been praised as "a vibrant portrait of a community" by Publisher's Weekly and "A novel rich in faith, betrayal and secrecy that explores the numerous ways people are shaped and haunted by their past" by Library Journal.  She has authored five mystery novels and is an award-winning arts journalist and has written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and Dance Magazine among others.  A native of Milwaukee, she received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Irvine and has taught writing at the University of California, San Diego.  She lives in San Diego with her husband.

Tin Horse Video Trailer
Los Angeles Times Review 2013
The Tin Horse book cover


Tupelo Hassman

Tupelo Hassman's first novel, Girlchild, is a winner of the 2013 Alex Award, an NPR 2012 Favorite Book, a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, was shortlisted by the Center for Fiction for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2012, and is now available in paperback.  Tupelo's work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Harper's Bazaar, Imaginary Oklahoma, The Independent, The Portland Review Literary Journal, and by, and Invisible City Audio Tours among others.  More is forthcoming from Girls on Fire:  Stories of and for Teen Girls.  Tupelo was the first American to win London's Literary Death Match.  She lives in San Francisco's East Bay.

Tupelo Hassman Girlchild


And Our Kickoff Speaker


Jan Sanders, as Director of Libraries and Information Services for the City of Pasadena, will be updating the Festival attendees on goals for the One City, One Story program and the 130 year celebration of the Pasadena Public Library.   She has been a leader in libraries for more than 30 years, serving as children's librarian, bookmobile librarian, branch manager, community college librarian, and library construction supervisor before becoming a director in 1990. 

Jan is a flexible, visionary leader and is excited about the possibilities open for today's libraries, especially the Pasadena Public Library.

A Benefit supporting

Pasadena Senior Center

PCC Writer in Residence 2013
Highly acclaimed crime novelist and former journalist Denise Hamilton is PCCs 2013 Writer in Residence

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