Karen Joy Fowler, award-winning fiction writer and best-selling author of the "Jane Austen Book Club," will discuss her novel "Sister Noon." Richly evocative of San Francisco at the turn of the 19th century, "Sister Noon" tells the story of 40-year-old spinster and volunteer with the Ladies Relief and Protection Society, Lizzie Hayes, and her encounters with the notorious and wealthy Mary Ellen Pleasant. Fowler will talk about the process of creating a novel from the known facts and myriad speculations surrounding the life of the real Mary Ellen Pleasant, a prominent black woman who, until recently, had been largely forgotten by popular history.
When: Wednesday, January 16, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Soda Center, Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga.
Contact: January Term (925) 631-4771