Pamela Feinsilber, writing consultant and editor
To be a good writer—and to be a good editor of good writers—I believe you need to be reading all the time. Fiction, nonfiction, classics, modern work, science, art, history—whatever it is, reading offers indirect lessons in structure and pacing, style and voice, plot and characterization and organization.

I lead a book group, so I am always reading. I'm also active in the Bay Area literary community, so I'm always talking with writers and about writing--in fact, in my book group, we talk with the author about his or her work. This page tells you about that group, what we're reading, and who we're talking to, as well as anything else I'm doing in the world of books and writing.

Book Passage
Corte Madera, California

Four Mondays in 2017:
Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27, and April 24
* 7:00-9:00 pm * $95


Books signings are great but a little impersonal. When we sit down with an author, we have an intimate conversation about his or her book and what it took to write it.

In a first, we’ll read an author who’s no longer with us—once overlooked yet now viewed as “a singular, remarkable writer.” We’ll talk with the friend and editor whose “electrifying” collection of her stories was among the New York Times’s 10 Best Books of the Year.

We’ll also converse with the authors of…a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography and “teeming portrait of the birth of modern America”; a spare, evocative novel that follows a mysterious woman through the Central Valley and a desolate interior landscape; and a humorous, highly original tale in which the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants tries to find out if her mother’s gold brooch once belonged to novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
by T.J. Stiles


A Manual for Cleaning Women: Stories
by Lucia Berlin, edited by Stephen Emerson

Into the Valley

by Ruth Galm

oneer Girl
by Bich Minh Nuyen










































































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