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Past Fourteen Events…

Los Angeles Yacht Club

Date: May 20, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: 285 Whalers Walk, San Pedro, CA

I’ll read from Fourteen, show slides, artifacts and log books from our trip to French Polynesia.  

Oceanside Yacht Club

Date: May 21, 2016

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: 1950 North Harbor Drive, Oceanside

I’ll read from Fourteen, show slides, artifacts and log books from our trip to French Polynesia.  

Pasadena Lit Fest – Panel on The Subjective Truth and the Writing of Memoir

Date: June 4, 2016

Time: 12:00 Noon

Location: Vroman's Bookstore - on the Paseo (patio)

Commodore’s Meeting

Date: June 16, 2016

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Oceanside Yacht Club

Oceanside Book Club

Date: July 11, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Time and Time Again: Memoirists on Writing the Memoir

Date: September 8, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: San Diego Writers Ink

Keynote Speaker at the 24th Annual Women’s Sailing Seminar

Start date: September 24, 2016

End date: September 25, 2016

Location: Island Yacht Club, Alameda, CA

Saturday Schedule of Events:
7:30 – 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:15 am Welcome! Announcements and Keynote Speaker Leslie Johansen Nack, author of the book Fourteen: A Daughter’s Memoir of Adventure, Sailing, and Survival
9:30 am – 12:45 pm Classes (Class Descriptions)
12:45 – 1:45 pm Lunch Provided & Raffle
2:00 – 5:30 pm Classes (Class Descriptions)
5:45 – 7:30 pm Cash bar, Hors d’oeuvres & Raffle

Long Beach Women’s Sailing Association

Date: February 21, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Shoreline Yacht Club, Long Beach, CA



Fountain Valley Book Club

Date: March 21, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM

Encinitas Street Fair

Date: April 29, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Read Local Booth is in Space 949

Come to the Encinitas Street Fair on April 29 and 30th and meet local authors at the Read Local booth number 949.

I’ll be at the booth on Saturday, April 29th from 9 to 11:30 am selling copies of Fourteen. I hope to see you there.


Women’s Sailing Association – Orange County, California

Date: May 2, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Aventura Sailing Club, Dana Point, CA

It’s women’s empowerment month and I will be speaking to the Women’s Sailing Association of Orange County about Fourteen, sharing stories and pictures from the book.

Ten Thousand Waves of Women’s Voices

Date: May 13, 2017

Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Location: 2730 Historic Decatur Rd #206, San Diego, CA 92106

“Ten Thousand Waves of Women’s Voices,” a program of five-minute readings by dozens of women which she says, “organically arrived after the election as a way of clarifying that ‘we are still here,’ ‘we are not going t go away,’ ‘there are at least Ten Thousand of us,’ and ‘we are on our own road,’ thus not political or in collusion, just as a continued affirmation of women’s creativity and strength.”
I am excited to participate in this event where I’ll be reading from Fourteen.

Blazing Laptops at San Diego Writers Ink

Date: May 21, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202 and 204, San Diego, CA 92106

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017 It’s our 10th Annual all-day write-’til-you-drop Blazing Laptops Write-a-thon, our biggest fundraiser ever for San Diego Writers, Ink

I will write on my memoir #2 all day at San Diego Writers Ink in Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202 and 204, San Diego, CA 92106.  I will write for a donation to SDWI please.

Come join writers from San Diego raising money for our non-profit San Diego Writers Ink on Saturday and sponsor me with a donation to San Diego Writers Ink which helps with space and supplies in support of local writers.

UCLA Alpha Delta Pi House

Date: May 25, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Alpha Delta Pi House, UCLA

As a 1992 graduate from UCLA I’m super proud to be doing an event at the Alpha Delta Pi house, sharing my book Fourteen, along with slides, artifacts and stories of how I wrote the book.

UCLA Faculty Women Book Club Meeting (private event)

Date: June 13, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: UCLA

I will be talking to the UCLA Faculty Women Book Club discussing Fourteen and showing slides and artifacts

Write On, Oceanside! Local Author Event

Date: June 22, 2017

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Sunset Market near library

Oceanside Public Library and the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation will present Write On, Oceanside! at the Sunset Market on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 5-8 pm. This event will feature Oceanside authors displaying their works for sale as well as discussing their work with the local literary community and the general public.

Panel of Authors Discussing the World of Publishing

Date: June 24, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: 330 North Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054

I will be talking about my publishing experience with Fourteen and the hybrid publisher, She Writes Press, as compared to the traditional publishing model.  


San Diego Festival of Books

Date: August 26, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune is proud to announce the inaugural San Diego Festival of Books. The festival will take place on Saturday, August 26th at Liberty Station, Point Loma. The San Diego Festival of Books is a celebration of reading and writing and the important role they both play in our lives and in our communities. The goal is to provide a place where readers and authors can connect to share stories, ideas, and enthusiasm for the traditions, culture and values of the written word.

Event program and author appearances will be announced soon.


Corky McMillin Center – Liberty Station
2875 Dewey Road, Point Loma


In coordination with the She Writes Press Fall National Book Tour

When: November 12th | 7:00 P.M.

Where: Creative Coworking with Bookends and Beginnings

922 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60201


In coordination with the She Writes Press Fall National Book Tour

When: November 17th | 7:00 P.M.

Where: Eagle Eye Bookshop

2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 3003


When: November 19th | 6:30 P.M.

Where: Barnes and Noble – Crocker Park

198 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, OH 44145


Meet and Greet and book signing

When: November 28, 2015 | 2:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.

Where: Barnes and Noble

2615 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054


In coordination with the She Writes Press Fall National Book Tour

When: December 3rd | 6:30 P.M.

Where: Books & Books

265 Aragon Ave, Miami, FL 33134

San Diego

Local author event and book signing

When: December 13th | 12:00 – 3:00 P.M

Where: Mysterious Galaxy

5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92111


When: January 5th | 7 P.M.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101


When: January 6th | 5 P.M.

Women Who Sail San Diego Monthly Meeting

Where: Jolly Roger

1900 North Harbor Drive, Oceanside, CA 92054

Book Club

When: January 19th | 6 P.M

Borla Bookies in Carlsbad, California

San Francisco

When: January 28th | 7 P.M.

Where: Books, Inc.

2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Redwood City

When: January 30th | 5 P.M.

Where: Sequoia Yacht Club (private event, but contact me for access)

441 Seaport Court, Redwood City, CA 94063

San Francisco

When: February 24th| 12:00 P.M.

Wednesday Yachting Lunch

Where: St. Francis Yacht Club (private event but contact me for access)

99 Yacht Road, San Francisco, CA 94123

San Diego

March 10, 2016

Book talk and signing

Where: West Grove Collective

3010 B Juniper Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Tucson Festival of Books

March 12-13, 2016| 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

University of Arizona Campus

San Diego

Memoir Panel Discussion

San Diego Writers/Editors Guild

When:  March 28, 2016

Time: 6-8pm

San Francisco

Strictly Sail Pacific – The West Coast’s Only All Sailboat Show

Author Corner

When: April 7, 2016 | 2:15 P.M.

April 10, 2016 | 2:15P.M.

Craneway Pavilion/Marina Bay Yacht Harbor
1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA 94804

Book Club

Hillcrest Book Club

When: April 15, 2016 | 6:30 P.M.

San Diego

When: May 8, 2016 | 4:00 P.M.

Where: Women’s Museum San Diego

2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, CA 92106

San Diego

When: May 12, 2016 | 6:30 P.M.

Where: Southwestern Yacht Club

2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA 92106