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Books & Bingo Adventure – Corona Public Library

October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

$50 – $60


About the Event

Adventures by the Book™ and NovelNetwork™ are excited to bring our signature and popular Books & Bingo Adventure to the Corona Public Library, courtesy of enthusiastic support from the Friends of the Corona Public Library.  Featured will be at least a dozen favorite book club authors, including keynote speaker, New York Times and international bestselling author Kate Quinn.

Don’t miss this unique book extravaganza, that includes opportunities to sit with and chat with authors who are excited to connect with their readers, your chance to enjoy a fabulous keynote speaker and multiple book panel discussions, as well as to get your favorite books signed, play our own fun version author BINGO, photo ops, and much more!

Your registration includes a hot lunch, a copy of Ribbons of Scarlet signed by Kate Quinn, tote bag, event program, collectible Bingo card, photo opportunities, giveaways, and much much more! Only books sold at the event, or pre-ordered below (at a special 15% discount) will be eligible for signing! Tickets on sale NOW (see below)!

Special thanks to Allegra Corona for their generous printing support.


Book Clubs Can Connect with These Fabulous Authors Now!

What is NovelNetwork? NovelNetwork is the nation’s first match(dot)com designed to connect authors and book clubs (and yes library book clubs too). Book clubs join for free and gain access to a database of over 80 authors (and growing daily) who are ready, willing, able, and excited to video chat with book clubs or, if local, to meet in person.

Books & Bingo is a signature, and very popular, NovelNetwork event to introduce readers to some of our author members who are eligible to meet with your book club. The participating authors in this event are just a small representation of the many authors who are NovelNetwork™ members!

Through this innovative new program, you and your book club can schedule a meeting with authors, in person or via video chat, in preparation for this exciting event or if you are unable to attend the event! Or, maybe you’ll remember questions after the event that you forgot to ask and need to connect with them to tie up all those loose ends! All this is possible through NovelNetwork™! Click Here for more information and to sign up (it’s FREE for book clubs to register)!

NovelNetwork™ is a global space dedicated to connecting authors with avid readers, an expanded professional network, and published peers.  NovelNetwork™ was created to help authors find more innovative ways to connect with readers and promote their books to wider audiences.

Our Keynote Speaker: Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the runaway bestselling The Alice Network and The Huntress. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice.

She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network and The Huntress. All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two rescue dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.

Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution—and change the world. Six bestselling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers—six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution.

Available for book club visits here.


Featured Authors (16 and counting…)

Huda Al-Marashi is the author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story, a book the Washington Post called “a charming, funny, heartbreaking memoir of faith, family, and the journey to love.

If Jane Austen had grown up as a first-generation daughter of Iraqi parents in the 1990s, she might have written this.” Her other writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the LA Times, al Jazeera, VIDA Review, the Rumpus, the Offing and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Cuyahoga County Creative Workforce Fellowship and an Aspen Summer Words Emerging Writer Fellowship.

Available for book club visits here.


Jeanne Blasberg is the author of Eden, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women’s Fiction and finalist for both the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. Eden was released in May 2017 by She Writes Press.

Jeanne is the founder of the Westerly Memoir Project as well as a board member of the Boston Book Festival. She is a student and board member of Grub Street, one of the country’s pre-eminent creative writing centers where she wrote and revised her second novel, The Nine which will be released by She Writes Press in August 2019.

Available for book club visits here.


Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Julie Clark grew up reading books on the beach while everyone else surfed. After attending college at University of the Pacific, and a brief stint working in the athletic department at University of California, Berkeley, she returned home to Santa Monica to teach.

She now lives there with her two young sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control. The Ones We Choose is her first novel, a compelling read about a young boy desperate to find his place in this world, a mother coming to terms with her own past, and the healing power of forgiveness.

Available for book club visits here.


Matt Coyle
is the author of the best-selling Rick Cahill crime novels. He knew he wanted to be a crime writer when he was fourteen and his father gave him the simple art of murder by Raymond Chandler. He graduated with a degree in English from University of California at Santa Barbara.

His foray into crime fiction was delayed for thirty years as he spent time managing a restaurant, selling golf clubs for various golf companies, and in national sales for a sports licensing company.

Available for book club visits here.


Amy Mason Doan grew up in Danville, California and now lives in Portland, Oregon. She’s written for The Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, Forbes, The Orange County Register and other publications. Amy has an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University and a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley.

Her tender debut novel, The Summer List, is followed by a second novel, Summer Hours, a wistful and mysterious story set in the mid ’90s and 2008 about the idealism of youth, the seductive power of nostalgia, and what happens when you realize you haven’t become the person you’d always promised to be.

Available for book club visits here.


Loretta Ellsworth
grew up in Mason City, IA. A former teacher and a graduate of Hamline University with a Master’s Degree in Writing for Children, she is the award-winning author of four young adult novels. She has four children and six grandchildren and lives in Lakeville, MN.

Stars Over Clear Lake is her first novel for adults, which transports readers to the famed Surf Ballroom, where musical acts became legends in the 1940’s and which holds the key to one woman’s deepest secret.

Available for book club visits here.


Zohreh (Zoe) Ghahremani
writes in both her native language Persian and English. Her debut novel, Sky of Red Poppies, was selected by KPBS and the San Diego Public Library as a citywide reading selection for One Book, One San Diego in 2012.

Here second novel, The Moon Daughter, was released to much acclaim and continues to be a book club favorite. Zoe lives in San Diego with her husband.

Available for book club visits here.


Jan Moran
is the author of the novel “Scent of Triumph,” and “Fabulous Fragrances I” and “II,” which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list. A fragrance and beauty expert, she has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN, “Instyle,” and” O Magazine,” and has spoken before prestigious organizations, including The American Society of Perfumers. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business school and attended the University of California at Los Angeles Extension Writers’ Program.

Available for book club visits here.


Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker and recovering corporate software engineer. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of code.

When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, browsing the aisles of her neighborhood bookstores, and planning her next big vacation.

Available for book club visits here.


Ona Russell
is a credentialed mediator and holds a PhD in literature from the University of California, San Diego, where she also taught for many years. She is the author of two previous Sarah Kaufman historical mysteries from Sunstone Press, O’Brien’s Desk and The Natural Selection, the last of which was a finalist in the prestigious California Commonwealth Club Book Awards.

She has been widely published in other venues and is an accomplished public speaker, lecturing particularly on the topic of “literature and the law.”

Available for book club visits here.


Katrin Schumann was born in Germany and grew up in Brooklyn and London—as a consequence, most of my writing explores our search for a sense of belonging, and the struggle to define ourselves in the context of our circumstances. She now lives in Boston and Key West, and is the Program Coordinator of the Key West Literary Seminar and Workshops.

Her work has been featured multiple times on TODAY and in Woman’s DayThe London Times and on NPR, as well as other national and international media. For the past ten years she’s been teaching writing, most recently at GrubStreet and at local prisons through PEN New England.

Available for book club visits here.


Stephanie Storey’s debut novel Oil and Marble is a Los Angeles Times bestseller, was named one of Hudson Booksellers’ Best Books of 2016, and was called “extraordinarily entertaining” by The New York Times.

She has a degree in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and attended a PhD program in Art History—before leaving to get her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She has studied art in Italy and been on a pilgrimage to see every Michelangelo on display in Europe.

Available for book club visits here.



Abbi Waxman
, the author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings, is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible.

She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.

Available for book club visits here.


Gwendolyn Womack is originally from Houston, Texas. She moved to Alaska for college to become an environmental scientist and ended up in the theater department writing plays. Later she went on to receive an MFA in Directing Theatre, Video & Cinema from California Institute of the Arts. She is the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune Teller and the award-winning reincarnation thriller The Memory Painter. Currently she resides in Los Angeles with her family and is busy on her next novel. She collects kaleidoscopes and paints as a hobby.

Available for book club visits here.


Tentative Itinerary

9:30am…………………… Registration and Check-in

10am……………………… Welcome

10:10-10:40am………… Panel #1

10:45-11:15am………….Panel #2

11:15-Noon……………. Opportunity for book shopping, book signings, photo ops, giveaways, and bingo card fun

Noon-1pm……………… Lunch and Keynote Speaker

1-1:30pm……………….. Panel #3

1:35-2:05pm……………. Panel #4

2:05-2:30pm…………… Opportunity for book shopping, book signings, photo ops, giveaways, and bingo card fun

2:30pm………………….. Grand prize giveaway (must be present to win)


October 12, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
$50 – $60
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