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History, Mystery, and Memoir: How Our Writing Partnership Put Us on the Path to Publication

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June 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Carnegie Reading Room, San Rafael Public Library
1100 E St
San Rafael, CA 94901
Reference Desk

Three local authors will be presenting their latest works. Come join us in the library’s Carnegie Reading Room on June 7, Thursday at 6:30pm.
Expect a lively discussion, free give-aways, and refreshments will be served.

History, Mystery, & Memoir:
How Our Writing Partnership Put Us On the Path to Publication

Amy S. Peele
Cut, a Medical Murder Mystery, 2017.
Amy has also written a memoir, Aunt Mary’s Guide to Raising Children the Old Fashioned Way.



Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
Filling Her Shoes, a Memoir of an Inherited Family, 2017.
Betsy has also written the novel, Fire and Water.



Christie Nelson
Beautiful Illusion, Treasure Island, 1939, 2018, a historical novel. Christie has also written two novels Woodacre and Dreaming Mill Valley.


Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, Christie Nelson, and Amy Peele have been together for seventeen years and continue to support and cheer one another on in their personal and professional lives. They call themselves The Bellas.

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder became a second mother to her first son when she married his widowed father. In her award-winning memoir, Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family, she reveals her conventional family that formed in an unconventional way, where love and loss are not opposites, but companions in life. The memoir has been honored with a Pinnacle Book Award, a Booklist Starred Review, an IPPY Award Gold Medal, and an Independent Press Award. Betsy is also the author of the award-winning novel, Fire & Water and has been a licensed psychotherapist in California since 1992 where she lives with her husband and their old blind doodle dog, her most faithful, if apathetic, writing companion, Edgar Alan Paw.
Betsy will give away a free audio version of Fire and Water.

Christie Nelson is a third generation San Franciscan, a longtime Marin resident, and author of the novels Woodacre, Dreaming Mill Valley and the newly published historical novel, Beautiful Illusion, Treasure Island, 1939, the story of the Golden Gate International Exposition. It has been described as “the next best thing to a time machine, a sparkling visit to Treasure Island’s fabulous world’s fair” by Anne Schnoebelen, Historian and VP of the Treasure Island Museum. The novel has been garnering “2018 Must-Read” accolades from publications including Buzzfeed and Parade Magazine.  She and her husband live in the 1880 brewmesiter’s house of the former San Rafael Brewery.
Christie will give away a copy of Beautiful

Amy S. Peele, RN, enjoyed a 35 year career in transplantation and retired from UCSF in 2014. Her recently published, debut novel, CUT: a Medical Murder Mystery, has received several awards including winning in the 2017 Independent Press Awards.
CUT reflects her knowledge of and passion for organ donation and transplant issues in a suspenseful, yet humorous story, set in the Bay Area. It has been referred to as a page turner, and a mystery with a mission and a side of humor.
Amy loves comedy and improv and graduated from Chicago’s famed Second City Players Workshop in 1985. In addition to killing people in her mysteries and using their organs for transplant, she enjoys yoga and meditation.
Amy will give away a copy of CUT.



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