Book event! Join Sarah Relyea and Michael Bourne on Wednesday, December 13.

Hippies to Yuppies HNS event

Book event!

Hippies to Yuppies: Troubled Protagonists in San Francisco

Join me and novelist Michael Bourne on Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30pm for a reading and discussion of my 1960s coming-of-age novel, Playground Zero, and Michael’s Blithedale Canyon, set in 2001. Our novels unfold amidst the upheaval and gentrification of Bay Area neighborhoods. Some characters struggle to make sense of the 1960s world of revolutionaries and dream-makers, while others struggle for an emotional and financial foothold in the new order of corporate fortune-makers. Come listen as Michael and I describe the journey of creating these unlikely protagonists who must fight for their place in a new world order.

Sponsored by the Historical Novel Society - New York City Chapter. This hybrid event will be held on Zoom and in person at NYC's Jefferson Market Library. We'll have refreshments and networking for the first half-hour starting at 6:00 pm (EST). Our program and the Zoom feed will begin promptly at 6:30. Hosted by Susan Wands.

Register here: You will receive a Zoom link a day or two before the event.

Author bios:

Blithedale Canyon by Michael Bourne


Michael Bourne is the author of Blithedale Canyon, published by Regal House in 2022. He is a long-time contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and he has written for the New York Times, the Globe & Mail, The Economist, Literary Hub, and Salon. His fiction has appeared in more than a dozen literary magazines including, most recently, december, The Southampton Review, and Tin House. He grew up in Northern California and now lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and son.

Playground Zero: historical fiction by Sarah Relyea
Sarah Relyea is the author of Playground Zero, a novel set in the late 1960s (She Writes Press, 2020). Sarah grew up in Berkeley during the counterculture movement of the 1960s. As a young girl, she went to the infamous Altamont concert and frequented Telegraph Avenue. She would soon swap California's psychedelic scene for studying English literature at Harvard. A PhD who has taught at universities in New York and Taiwan, Sarah is also the author of Outsider Citizens: The Remaking of Postwar Identity in Wright, Beauvoir, and Baldwin, published by Routledge. Sarah lives in Brooklyn, New York, and continues to spend time in Northern California, where she and her partner enjoy the redwood canyons.
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