This Thursday: Steelies Reading!
Posted by on August 12, 2014

Our author Rebecca Lawton will be reading from her collection Steelies and Other Endangered Species: Stories on Water this Thursday at Readers’ Books in Sonoma.

Lawton, who began drafting the story “The Middle of a River in Flood” 25 years ago, writes about that writing process for Necessary Fiction’s Research Notes:

“I drafted the first story, ‘The Middle of a River in Flood,’ in 1990. My daughter Rose was a few months old, and we were staying in the desert outside Death Valley (which became the setting for ‘The Wish,’ one of the newer stories in Steelies).

While Rose slept, I spent time composing my first works of fiction. When she woke, I backpacked her among the playas and hills. I seem to write best while walking, and I’d carry a notebook and jot ideas about the iconoclastic lives and places I wanted to portray in Steelies.”

(Photo Credit: Sonoma Plaza)

The reading will be at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 14, at Readers’ Books, which is one half block from Sonoma Square, and will also serve as a birthday celebration and sendoff for Lawton, who is leaving for a Fulbright fellowship in Alberta.

Much of Lawton’s Steelies was inspired by her work on rivers, Sonoma’s creeks, and a dream of change.

If you haven’t purchased your copy of the book yet, there will be copies of Steelies on hand to buy directly from the beloved local bookseller. But of course no purchase is necessary. So stop by if you’re in the area and say hello!

And don’t worry if you’re not in the neighborhood, we’re hoping to post plenty of photos from the upcoming reading here on the blog!


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