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""The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart."
- Maya Angelou
Booking Information for Laurel Corona.

If you are interested in booking me for a speaking engagement, please e-mail

Until Our Last Breath and The Four Seasons are in bookstores now. The Four Seasons, by Laurel Corona

The Four Seasons:
A Novel of Vivaldi's Venice



Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance, written by Laurel Corona, researched by Michael Bart.

Until Our Last Breath : A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance

For Conference and Event Planners

As a professor of Humanities at San Diego City College, and a lecturer at other venues, I speak regularly on a wide range of topics.  If you don’t see what you are looking for here, write to me at lacauthor@gmail.com to discuss other possibilities.  I enjoy talks and lectures of any length, as well as serving as a panelist, moderator, or workshop facilitator. Here are some of my recent favorites:

On Writing:

  • “Getting Started, Keeping Going, Finishing, then Finishing Again”  
  • “My Years of Writing Copioussssly:  How I Managed to Write Four Novels in Five Years and Remain Relatively Sane—I Think” 
  • “From Solitary Writer to Part of a Team:  Agents, Editors, and Others”
  • “Writing Scared”
  • “Life After Publication”
  • “Writing About Real People” 
  • “Shaping a Narrative”  
  • “Dialogue and Characterization”
  • “Making the Past Real and Readable:  Writing Historical Fiction
  • “Historical Accuracy vs. Plot: A Debate on Balancing Fact and Fiction”

On My Novels :

In addition to general talks on each of my novels, topics can focus on specific aspects of my research, including the following:

 

Laurel’s Schedule of Appearances:

February 13, 2015 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Coronado Historical Association
Coronado Historical Association
1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado, California

Laurel talks about her work as an author

December 4, 2014 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Convivencia
Osher Institute UCSD

Part four of the four-part Convivencia class

November 24, 2014 7:00 am

AAUW Book Group
San Carlos Branch Library, La Mesa

Laurel will speak at the San Carlos Library to the AAUW book club. Open to the public

November 20, 2014 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Convivencia
Osher Institute UCSD

Part three of the four-part Convivencia class

November 19, 2014 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Miami Beach JCC
Miami beach JCC
Miami FL

Laurel will speak at the Miami Beech JCC

November 13, 2014 7:30 to 9:00 pm

Mandel JCC
Mandel JCC
Beechwood, OH

Laurel will speak at the Mandel JCC in Beechwood, OH, outside Cleveland

November 6, 2014 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Convivencia
Osher Institute UCSD

Part two of the four-part Convivencia class

November 3, 2014 7:30 to 9:00 pm

Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys
Temple Ami Shalom
3508 Temple Way, West Covina, CA

Laurel will speak at the 16th Annual Jewish Book Festival

October 23, 2014 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Convivencia Part 1
UCSD Extension

Laurel repeats her popular course, about the centuries of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian coexistence in Iberia, at UCSD's Osher Institute.

October 2, 2014 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Author talk--Dove Library
Dove Library, Carlsbad

Laurel speaks about THE FOUR SEASONS at the Carlsbad Library, Dove branch.

August 23, 2014 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Family Day--San Carlos Library
San Carlos library

Laurel appears with other local authors at the library

July 15, 2014 to
August 4, 2014

Cruise lecturing--Silversea Cruises
Silver Cloud

Laurel lectures on topics related to Baltic history and culture on two Silversea voyages

July 9, 2014 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Convivencia Summer Course
Lawrence Family JCC, La Jolla

The fourth of four sessions offered as part of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center's Sizzling Summer lecture series.

July 9, 2014 10:00 to 11:30 am

Convivencia Summer Course
Temple Beth Israel, La Jolla

The fourth of four sessions offered as part of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center's Sizzling Summer lecture series.

July 2, 2014 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Convivencia Summer Course
Lawrence Family JCC, La Jolla

The third of four sessions offered as part of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center's Sizzling Summer lecture series.

July 2, 2014 10:00 to 11:30 am

Convivencia Summer Course
Temple Beth Israel, La Jolla

The third of four sessions offered as part of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center's Sizzling Summer lecture series.

June 27, 2014 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Author talk--Friends of the Library
San Carlos Library

Laurel speaks about The mapmaker's Daughter with the book club of the Friends of the San Carlos Library

June 25, 2014 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Convivencia Summer Course
Lawrence Family JCC, La Jolla

The second of four sessions offered as part of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center's Sizzling Summer lecture series.

June 25, 2014 10:00 to 10:30 am

Convivencia Summer Course
Temple Beth Israel, La Jolla

The second of four sessions offered as part of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center's Sizzling Summer lecture series.

June 24, 2014 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Lunch and Learn--Seacrest Village
Seacrest Encinitas

Laurel discusses her work and her new novel, THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER with Jewish seniors

June 23, 2014 7:00 to 11:30 am

Author Lecture--Association of Jewish Libraries
Las Vegas

Laurel speaks about the Convivencia and THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER at the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference

June 18, 2014 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Convivencia Summer Course
Lawrence Family JCC, La Jolla

The first of four sessions offered as part of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center's Sizzling Summer lecture series.

June 18, 2014 10:00 to 11:30 am

Convivencia Summer Course
Temple Beth Israel, La Jolla

The first of four sessions offered as part of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center's Sizzling Summer lecture series.

June 12, 2014 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Author Talk-The Four Seasons
Carlsbad Library, Carlsbad CA

Laurel reads from and discusses The Four Seasons with the Carlsbad Library Book Club. Open to the public.

June 10, 2014 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Author Talk and Signing
Book Passage
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco

Laurel speaks in San Francisco at the Ferry Landing

June 10, 2014 11:00 am

Author Talk-Palo Alto
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto CA

Laurel speaks about THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER at the Oshman Family JCC

June 9, 2014 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Author Appearance-THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER
Books Inc

Laurel speaks at Books Inc, in Palo Alto

June 8, 2014 2:00 pm

Author Talk--San Francisco
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco CA

Laurel speaks about THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER at the Jewish Community Library

June 7, 2014 7:30 pm

Author Appearance-Davis CA
The Avid Reader
617 Second St, Davis CA

Laurel speaks about THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER

June 2, 2014 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Author Talk and Signing
Temple Emanuel
243 Albany Ave, Kingston NY

Laurel speaks on THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER in the Hudson River Valley in association with Temple Emanuel and Oblong Books

May 27 to 29, 2014

Jewish Book Council Annual Conference
Hebrew Union College
New York

Laurel speaks about THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER at Meet the Author, a networking activity for JCCs across the country.

May 10, 2014 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

AAUW Annual Luncheon
TBA

Laurel is the speaker at the annual Poway Penasquitos AAUW annualCover to Cover luncheon

May 9, 2014 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Mothers On and Off the Page
Mira Mesa Barnes and Noble

Three authors, Zoe Ghahremani, Jennifer Coburn and Laurel talk about their own experiences being a mother and daughter, and read mother-related scenes from their books. Special gifts and prizes, especially for mothers and daughters who come together

May 4, 2014 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Mothers On and Off the Page
Barnes and Noble, Grossmont Center

Three authors, Zoe Ghahremani, Jennifer Coburn and Laurel talk about their own experiences being a mother and daughter, and read mother-related scenes from their books.Special gifts and prizes, especially for mothers and daughters who come together.

April 25, 2014 12:00 to 3:00 pm

Friends of the Fallbrook Library Community Read
The Grand Tradition, Fallbrook, CA

Laurel speaks at the annual fundraising luncheon for the Fallbrook Library

April 17, 2014 7:00 am

Carlsbad Newcomers Luncheon
TBA

Laurel will speak at the annual newcomers luncheon

April 16, 2014 2:30 pm

Author Talk
San Diego City College Rm V-101

Laurel speaks about THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER as part of the Spring Literary Series at San Diego City College

March 29, 2014 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

AAUW Annual Luncheon
Marriott Hotel Liberty Station

Laurel will speak at the annual San Diego Chapter AAUW luncheon

March 20, 2014 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Author Appearance
Bay Books, Coronado
1029 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Laurel speaks about THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER

March 11, 2014 7:30 pm

Author Appearance
Warwick's Books, La Jolla
7812 Girard Avenue. La Jolla

Laurel speaks about THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER at Warwick's.

January 20, 2014 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

A Literary Luncheon
Costa Mesa Country Club

Laure is the guest speaker at the Santa Ana/Tustin Committee and the Huntington Valley West Committee's annual authors luncheon

December 16, 2013 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Convivencia Part 3
San Diego Central Library
Shiley Special Events Room 9th Floor

Laurel teaches a three-part mini-course on the period of Spanish history known as the Convivencia, the setting of her new novel THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER

December 9, 2013 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Convivencia Part 2
San Diego Central Library
Shiley Special Events Room 9th Floor

Laurel teaches a three-part mini-course on the period of Spanish history known as the Convivencia, the setting of her new novel THE MAPMAKER\'S DAUGHTER

December 2, 2013 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Convivencia Part 1
San Diego Central Library

Laurel teaches a three-part mini-course on the period of Spanish history known as the Convivencia, the setting of her new novel THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER

November 7, 2013 5:00 to 8:30 pm

Author Event--San Diego Public Library
Darlene Shiley Special Events Room, 9th floor

Laurel and six other local authors will appear at the new San Diego Central Library

October 5, 2013 12:00 to 1:30 pm

Author Panel
San Diego Central Library

Laurel will participate in the inaugural author panel to be held at the new San Diego Central Library

September 28, 2013 7:00 am

Grand Opening of the San Diego Central Library
San Diego Central Library
Downtown San Diego

Join Laurel at the sneak peak of the new San Diego Central Library. Laurel is at the Friends of the Library Booth at noon, then giving a short, informal author talk at the authors tent at 1PM.

September 21, 2013 10:30 am to 2:00 pm

Soroptimists Authors Luncheon
El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel

Laurel will speak at the annual luncheon of the Soroptomists International Capistrano Bay

June 29, 2013 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Writing Is Delicious
Carlsbad Library, Carlsbad CA

San Diego writing women speak at the Carlsbad library

June 6, 2013 7:00 to 8:30 pm

\"Writing Women Back Into History\"
Santa Clarita Library, Newhall branch

Laurel speaks at the Santa Clarita Public Library

March 23, 2013 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Meet the Authors Bookfaire
Shannon Center, Whittier College

Laurel speaks at the all-day Whittier College Event

February 8, 2013 7:00 am

Writing about Jewish History
Congregation Dor Hadash

Laurel discusses her work on UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH and her new novel, THE MAPMAKER\'S DAUGHTER

February 8, 2013 7:00 am

Writing about Jewish History
Congregation Dor Hadash

Laurel discusses her work on UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH and her new novel, THE MAPMAKER\'S DAUGHTER

December 15, 2012 7:00 am

Enrichment Lecturer Silversea
Silver CLoud

Laurel Corona cruises on the Silver Cloud, lecturing on topics relating to South American history, culture, and art (tentative)

October 13, 2012 5:00 to 9:00 pm

San Diego Writing Women Annual Event
Seaside Home, La Jolla

Laurel Corona and other members of San Diego Writing Women invite you to their second annual author reception

October 11, 2012 6:30 to 9:00 pm

Huntington Beach Friends of the Library
Huntington Beach Library

A panel of authors from San Diego Writing Women will discuss their work

October 6, 2012 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Literary Salon
Coto de Caza, Orange County

Author lecture by Laurel Corona

September 29, 2012 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Friends of the Library Author Event
Corona Public Library

Laurel Corona speaks about her writing at the library in Corona, CA

September 27, 2012 5:00 to 9:00 pm

United Through Reading Fund Raiser
Tony Roma's, Mission Beach

San Diego Writing Women are teaming up with Tony Roma's to raise money in support of United Through Reading. 15% of all proceeds from all sales (including bar sales!) will go to United Through Reading. This event is part of a yearlong monthly program of benefits in celebration of Tony Roma's 25th anniversary in Mission Beach.

August 27, 2012 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Author Lecture
County of San Diego, Health Services Complex
3851 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92110.

Laurel will discuss her work in a talk for the San Diego Author/Editors Guild

June 9 to 14, 2012

Santa Barbara Writers Conference
Hyatt Santa Barbara

Laurel is on the faculty of the renowned SBWC, giving a five-day workshop on historical fiction

June 5, 2012 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Oceanside Public Library
Oceanside Public Library

Laurel will speak on Finding Emilie

April 26, 2012 7:00 am

San Diego Writing Women Book Panel
Junior League of San Diego
210 Maple Street San Diego CA

A Panel of members from San Diego Writing Women will discuss their work. 6:30 Reception 7:00 Panel Discussion followed by Q & A and Book Signing

March 31, 2012 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Whittier College Festival of Books
Whittier College

Laurel Corona speaks at the festival

March 20, 2012 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Writing Women Author Panel
Warwick's Books, La Jolla

San Diego Writing Women discuss the writing life and their recent work.

March 13, 2012 10:30 am to 2:30 pm

Book and Author Fundraiser
Bernardo Heights Country Club, San Diego, CA

The Brandeis National Committee Rancho Bernardo Branch hosts Laurel Corona, Zoreh Ghahremani and Lynne Sheene at their annual scholarship benefit

February 29, 2012 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Brandeis Authors Luncheon
Fairbanks Ranch Country CLub

Laurel is guest speaker at the annual Fairbanks Ranch Brandeis Alumni Association luncheon

February 25, 2012 7:00 am

La Mesa Library Book Festival
La Mesa Library

Laurel moderates a panel on writing in San Diego with fellow San Diego Writing Women panelists Caitlin Rother, Marjorie hart and Zoreh Gharehmani

February 21, 2012 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Brandeis University Women Luncheon
TBA

details TBA

February 20, 2012 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Living Writers Series
San Diego State University, Love Library

Laurel reads from FINDING EMILIE, followed by a session with graduate creative writing students at SDSU

December 9, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Arts, Ideas, and Culture--Beyond the West
SDSU Extension

Sixth in six classes for the Osher Institute at SDSU

December 2, 2011 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Arts, Ideas and Culture: The Greeks
SDSU Extension

Fifth in six classes for the Osher Institute at SDSU

November 18, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Arts, Ideas and Culture: The Aegean World
SDSU Extension

Fourth in six classes for the Osher Institute at SDSU

November 12, 2011 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Author Appearance
TBA

The Soroptimists of La Habra present an author talk by Laurel Corona

November 9, 2011 7:00 to 8:30 pm

FINDING EMILIE
Saville Theatre, San Diego City College
14th and C Streets, San Diego

A multimedia event of dance and drama featuring San Diego City College faculty, students and alumni, based on FINDING EMILIE

November 4, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Arts, Ideas, and Culture--Egypt
SDSU Extension

Third in six classes for the Osher Institute at SDSU

October 28, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Arts, Ideas, and Culture--Mesopotamia
SDSU Extension

Second in six classes for the Osher Institute at SDSU

October 21, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Arts, Ideas, and Culture--Early Humans
SDSU Extension

First in six classes for the Osher Institute at SDSU

September 26, 2011 to
October 14, 2011

Enrichment Lecturer Silversea
Silver Cloud

Laurel is sailing on the Silver Cloud as the educational speaker on a cruise from Lisbon to Athens. Follow her adventures on her blog at www.adventureswithdrcorona.blogspot.com

September 19, 2011 5:00 to 6:30 pm

Panel Honoring Louisa May Alcott
Oceanside City Council Chambers, Oceanside CA

Laurel Corona moderates a panel discussion with authors Sue Diaz (Minefields of the Heart), Zohreh Ghahremani (Sky of Red Poppies), and Gabrielle Donnelly (Little Women Letters), on writing and its effect on social reform.

August 17, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Forgotten Females 4: The Medieval Era
OSHER Institute UCSD
UCSD Extension

Laurel teaches a four-part course on forgotten and misrepresented women throughout history

August 10, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Forgotten Females 2: The Sciences
OSHER Institute UCSD
UCSD Extension

Laurel teaches a four-part course on forgotten and misrepresented women throughout history

August 3, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Forgotten Females 2: Music
OSHER Institute UCSD
UCSD Extension

Laurel teaches a four-part course on forgotten and misrepresented women throughout history

July 13, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Forgotten Females 1: The Ancient World
OSHER Institute UCSD
UCSD Extension

Laurel teaches a four-part course on forgotten and misrepresented women throughout history

June 19, 2011 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

HNS Panel
Historical Novel Society Conference
Holiday Inn

Laurel moderates a panel of authors specializing in Jewish-themed fiction. Panelists are Maggie Anton, Mitchell Kaplan, and Michelle Cameron.

June 16, 2011 7:30 to 9:00 pm

A Historical Royal Affair
Warwick's Book Store, La Jolla

Laurel moderates a panel of historical novelists specializing in English royalty. Panelists are Anne Easter Smith, Margaret George, and Sarah Worth

June 7, 2011 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Fallbrook Writers Read
Fallbrook

Laurel reads from and discusses her work

May 26, 2011 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Author Appearance FINDING EMILIE
La Mesa Branch Library, La Mesa, CA

Laurel reads, discusses and signs Finding Emilie

May 13, 2011 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Author Appearance
The Ink Spot
710 13th Street Suite 210

Laurel reads from and discusses FINDING EMILIE at The Ink Spot, sponsored by San Diego Writers Ink

May 7, 2011 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Festival of Women Authors
Irvine Marriott, Irvine CA

Laurel is a featured speaker at the annual convention of the Orange County Literary Guild. Check back for updates and details.

April 30, 2011 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Author Appearance Finding Emilie
Barnes and Noble Grossmont Center

Laurel discusses and signs FINDING EMILIE

April 28, 2011 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Author Appearance FINDING EMILIE
Bay Books, Coronado

Laurel discusses and reads from Finding Emilie

April 27, 2011 7:00 am

Convivencia 3: The Reconquista
San Diego City College

Third of four-part course on Iberian history, focusing on the centuries of \"convivencia\" (living together) of Jews, Muslims, and Christians

April 21, 2011 7:30 to 9:00 pm

Author Appearance
Warwick's Book Store, La Jolla

Laurel discusses and reads from Finding Emilie

April 21, 2011 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Santaluz Luncheon
Santaluz Country Club

Laurel discusses and reads from Penelope's Daughter

April 20, 2011 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Author Appearance FINDING EMILIE
Downtown San Diego Library

Laurel Corona discusses her new novel, FINDING EMILIE at the Central Library

April 19, 2011 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Murrieta library
Murrieta Library

Laurel discusses and reads from Penelope's Daughter

April 18, 2011 7:00 am

San Dieguito Assistance League Luncheon
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort

Laurel gives keynote address at the annual fundraiser for the League. Whitney Southwick is the MC.

April 14, 2011 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Convivencia 2: The Golden Age of Islam
San Diego City College

Second of four-part course on Iberian history, focusing on the centuries of convivencia (living together) of Jews, Muslims, and Christians

April 6, 2011 2:30 to 4:00 pm

Convivencia 1: Beginnings
San Diego City College

First of four-part course on Iberian history, focusing on the centuries of "convivencia" (living together) of Jews, Muslims, and Christians

April 2, 2011 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

United Through Reading Luncheon
Marriott Coronado

Laurel and five other authors from San Diego Writing Women share insights and experiences at a luncheon benefiting United Through Reading

March 14, 2011 7:00 am

Reading/Signing of Penelope\'s Daughter
Bay Books, Orange Avenue Coronado

Laurel reads from and discusses Penelope's Daughter

March 11, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Convivencia 4: Unravelings: The Inquisition and the End of Convivencia
SDSU Osher Institute

Third of four-part course on Iberian history, focusing on the centuries of convivencia (living together) of Jews, Muslims, and Christians

March 4, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Convivencia 3: The Reconquista
SDSU Osher Institute

Third of four-part course on Iberian history, focusing on the centuries of \\\"convivencia\\\" (living together) of Jews, Muslims, and Christians

February 25, 2011 7:00 am

Convivencia 2: The Golden Age of Islam
SDSU Osher Institute

Second of four-part course on Iberian history, focusing on the centuries of \"convivencia\" (living together) of Jews, Muslims, and Christians

February 20, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Southern California Writers Conference
Crowne Plaza Hanalei Hotel, San Diego

Laurel will participate in read-and-critique sessions with conference participants

February 19, 2011 6:00 to 9:00 pm

San Diego Writing Women Launch Party
Hairdrezzers on Fire
3463 Adams Avenue

Laurel Corona and eight other San Diego authors launch their new writers collective with a night of wine, music, and the spoken word

February 18, 2011 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Convivencia 1: Beginnings
SDSU Osher Institute

First of four-part course on Iberian history, focusing on the centuries of "convivencia" (living together) of Jews, Muslims, and Christians

January 15, 2011 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Southern California Writers Association Roundtable
Banquet Hall/Claim Jumper Restaurant, Fountain Valley CA
18050 Brookhurst Street

Panel discussion, lunch, and book signing

December 3, 2010 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Lecture UCSD OSHER Institute
UCSD Extension

Laurel discusses her research into the lives of women and how it informs her writing as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series

November 22, 2010 2:00 to 3:30 pm

SDSU Osher Institute, Class 4: Forgotten Females of the Medieval World
SDSU OSHER Institute

Fourth and final class in a minicourse taught by Laurel Corona for the Osher Institute will focus on the accomplishments of overlooked or forgotten women in the medieval era

November 15, 2010 2:00 to 3:30 pm

SDSU Osher Institute, Class 3: Forgotten Females in Music
SDSU OSHER Institute

Third class in a minicourse taught by Laurel Corona for the Osher Institute will focus on the accomplishments of overlooked or forgotten women in the history of music

November 9, 2010 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Did Penelope Have a Daughter? Imagining Women\'s History in the Ancient World
University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Conference Room I

Laurel Corona discusses her work as a historical novelist, focusing on her research into Bronze Age women for her new release, Penelope's Daughter

November 8, 2010 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Author Appearance, Penelope\'s Daughter
San Diego Central Library
820 E Street, San Diego

Laurel Corona discusses Penelope's Daughter at the downtown SD library

November 8, 2010 2:00 to 3:30 pm

SDSU Osher Institute, Class 2 Forgotten Females of Science
SDSU OSHER Institute

Second class in a minicourse taught by Laurel Corona for the Osher Institute will focus on the accomplishments of overlooked or forgotten women scientists and mathematicians throughout history

November 5, 2010 4:00 to 5:00 pm

La Jolla Writers Conference
Paradise Point Resort

Lecture, "Writing Scared"

November 5, 2010 1:00 to 2:00 pm

La Jolla Writers Conference
Paradise Point Resort

Lecture, "Fact vs. Plot in Historical Fiction"

November 1, 2010 2:00 to 3:30 pm

SDSU Osher Institute, Class 1 Forgotten Females of the Ancient World
SDSU OSHER Institute

First class in a minicourse taught by Laurel Corona for the Osher Institute will focus on the accomplishments of overlooked or forgotten women in ancient times

October 28, 2010 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Author Event--Penelope\'s Daughter
Bay Books (Coronado)
1029 Orange Avenue

Laurel reads from PENELOPE'S DAUGHTER and discusses the novel

October 26, 2010 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Author Appearance
Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffee House
Seaport Village, San Diego

Come celebrate the successful launch of Penelope's Daughter with a champagne toast at this local landmark!

October 12, 2010 7:30 to 9:00 pm

Author Event--Penelope\'s Daughter
Warwicks Books
Girard Avenue, La Jolla CA

Join Laurel Corona as she discusses Penelope's Daughter and signs copies at Warwick's Books

October 9, 2010 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

San Diego County Library: Annual Book Festival
Encinitas Branch, SD Library
540 Cornish Drive Encinitas

Laurel Corona discusses THE FOUR SEASONS and PENELOPE'S DAUGHTER at the Encinitas Branch of the SD Public Library. Specific time TBA

September 24, 2010 7:00 to 9:00 pm

LAUNCH OF PENELOPE\'S DAUGHTER!
Saville Theatre, San Diego City College
14th and C Streets, San Diego

SD Community College District Chancellor and Classics scholar Constance Carroll talks about Homer and the Odyssey, SD City College dancers perform, and Laurel Corona reads from her newly released novel Penelope's Daughter.

July 23, 2010 12:00 to 5:00 pm

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: The Political Theory of Hannah Arendt
San Diego State University

Laurel Corona speaks at SDSU with noted Holocaust documentary filmmaker Pierre Sauvage as part of the NEH summer institute program for K-12 teachers

June 5, 2010 6:00 to 10:00 pm

San Diego Book Awards
TBA

An unprecedented triple winner at the 2009 San Diego Book Awards (Best biography for UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH, best historical novel for THE FOUR SEASONS and the Theodor Geisel Award for Book of the Year for THE FOUR SEASONS), Laurel Corona returns in 2010 as the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony.

May 6, 2010 7:00 to 10:00 am

San Diego State University OSHER Institute
SDSU-location TBA

Laurel Corona discusses and reads from THE FOUR SEASONS as part of the Spring 2010 semester book program of the SDSU Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning

April 23, 2010 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Vivaldi Dinner UCSD Faculty Club
UCSD Faculty Club

A Venetian-themed dinner sponsored by the UCSD Faculty Club, in honor of authors Laurel Corona and Barbara Quick, who discuss their research and writing about Vivaldi and the Pieta. Music and regional wine pairings add to the fun.

April 22, 2010 9:30 to 11:00 am

Women, Work, and Writing
Room D-121 A/B San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd, San Diego

Authors Laurel Corona, Barbara Quick, and Caitlin Rother discuss their writing and its role in their lives. Local author and television celebrity Kathi Diamant moderates.

February 14, 2010 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Southern California Writers Conference
Crowne Plaza Mission Valley

Laurel Corona presents two workshops at the 24th Annual Southern California Writers Conference in San Diego.

November 14, 2009 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Mission Valley YMCA Benefit Book Fair
Barnes and Noble Hazard Center

Laurel Corona will sign books and read from THE FOUR SEASONS at the all-day book fair at Mission Valley Barnes and Noble in Hazard Center. Proceeds benefit the Mission Valley YMCA.

October 17, 2009 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English
Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego

Opening and closing keynote addresses. Opening keynote: \"Writing Scared\": “I tell my students that writing will never be easy—not for them or me. The only thing that changes is that you gain confidence you can succeed at it.” Even after nineteen published books and two more on the way, for Laurel Corona the first stages of contemplating a new book are still the scariest part of being an author. In her keynote address, she discusses the fear that sets in long before writer’s block is even a possibility, and describes the triumphs and tribulations in the writing life. Closing keynote: “Tell the Truth but Tell It Slant”: The Writer as Photoshopper: Recent falsified memoirs such as A Million Little Pieces and The Angel at the Fence have served to highlight the dilemmas faced by authors striving to serve both the truth and the need to write a compelling narrative. What are writers’ ethical obligations to the people and subjects they write about? Are there rules or guidelines applicable across the board, or is every case and every genre a little different? Laurel Corona discusses the difficult calls she has had to make in writing about real people and real history in both her novels and her narrative non-fiction, and guides the audience through some thought-provoking hypothetical scenarios.

October 3, 2009 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

San Diego International Book Fair
Saville Theatre, San Diego City College
14th and C Streets, San Diego

Lectures and signings by featured authors, including Laurel Corona, who will appear in the Saville Theatre at 4 PM. “When Michael Bart approached me in 2003 to see if I would be interested in writing a book based on his research into his parents’ wartime experience in Nazi-occupied Lithuania and the renowned Jewish resistance movement of which they had been a part, I almost said no. In the end, what settled it for me was the chance to address several common misperceptions: first that the typical Jew was a passive, uncomprehending victim, and second, that rescuers were almost always non-Jews.” Until Our Last Breath explores the many ways Jews fought back, focusing in particular on the armed resistance movement known as the Vilna Partisans. Holocaust scholars and book reviewers have acclaimed Corona’s writing, one calling Until Our Last Breath “carefully nuanced and beautifully written, and another, "a narrative of great but controlled power." Better known as a novelist (The Four Seasons), Laurel Corona shows her range with this work of narrative non-fiction, winner of a 2009 San Diego Book Award and a 2009 Christopher medal, given to books whose writers "craft words and images into a clear, cohesive vision." She will discuss her work as an author, with readings from Until Our Last Breath and other works.

August 26, 2009 7:00 to 9:30 pm

\"Wine and Writers\"
Tango
2161 India Street, San Diego

A talk and signing with Laurel Corona. This event is part of the Wine and Writers series at Tango,in Little Italy. Participants enjoy specially selected wines and appetizers before a lively, informal presentation by the featured author.

June 15, 2009 7:00 am

Author Appearance
Ida Public Library
Belvidere, IL

Laurel Corona will discuss and read from THE FOUR SEASONS and UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH. Time TBA

June 12 to 14, 2009

Historical Novel Society 2009 Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency Woodfield
1800 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, Illinois

Laurel Corona will be a participant on two panels:\"Historical Accuracy vs. Plot: A Debate on Balancing Fact and Fiction,\" and \"Writing About Biographical Figures\"

May 17, 2009 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Author Panel: Swimming with the Big Fish
The Book Works
Flower Hill Mall, Del Mar CA

Journalist Barbara Davenport will moderate a discussion with local authors Lisa Fugard (Skinner’s Drift, Simon & Schuster), Jincy Willett (The Writing Class, Winner of the National Book Award, and Jenny and the Jaws of Life, St. Martin’s Press), and Laurel Corona (Four Seasons, Hyperion and Until Our Last Breath, SMP). Writers and readers, join us for a fascinating discussion about negotiating with agents, big publishing houses, and publicists, making a living as a writer, and maintaining artistic integrity in a culture of commercialism.

May 15, 2009 7:00 am

San Diego Book Awards Banquet and Ceremony
AMN Healthcare Building
12400 High Bluff Drive, San Diego CA

UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH and THE FOUR SEASONS are both finalists for San Diego Book Awards!

May 9, 2009 12:00 to 4:00 pm

City Works Literary Journal--Launch Event
San Diego City College

Laurel Corona is the featured author in City Works, the annual literary journal produced by City Works Press. She will read "In Search of the Partisans of Vilna," and other work.

May 2, 2009 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

AAUW Luncheon:Cover-to-Cover: A Day for Readers and Writers
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club
14050 Carmel Ridge Road San Diego 92128

Laurel Corona will speak about THE FOUR SEASONS and UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH at the annual scholarship luncheon of the Poway-Penasquitos branch of the Association of University Women. Funds raised at the benefit are used to send eighth-grade girls to science camp and assist local women reenter college after a break in their educations.

April 29, 2009 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Brandeis University Women\'s Association
Gordon's on the Green
San Marcos Country Club

Laurel Corona will speak about UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH and THE FOUR SEASONS at the association luncheon

April 23, 2009 6:30 to 9:00 pm

Author Reception and Signing
Art Walk SOCA Gallery
4160 North Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ

Laurel Corona will meet readers and sign copies of THE FOUR SEASONS at a reception in her honor

April 23, 2009 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Arizona Vivaldi Festival
Vincent's
3930 Camelback, Scottsdale, AZ

Laurel Corona will be the speaker at the annual Vivaldi Festival Luncheon

April 16, 2009 6:00 to 9:30 pm

Awards Ceremony and Banquet--The Christopher Awards
McGraw-Hill Building, New York City

Laurel Corona will receive a medal as one of the winners of the 60th Annual Christopher Medallion, for her writing in UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH. This award specifically honors"the storytellers who, whether using fact or fiction, tell us something about the human condition," including"writers who craft words and images into a clear, cohesive vision, and"exhibit exceptional artistic and technical proficiency." Michael Bart is also being honored for his research contributions to the book.

March 24, 2009 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Author Lecture
San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd. San Diego. CA

The Spring Literary Series at San Diego City College runs from February through May 2009. Author appearance by Laurel Corona has been rescheduled from April 16 to March 24

March 5, 2009 7:00 to 10:00 am

\"Heroic Women of the Jewish Resistance\"
Saville Theatre, San Diego City College
!4th and C Streets, San Diego

Laurel Corona will speak in celebration of International Women's Day

February 26, 2009 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Author Event--Bay Books
Bay Books, Coronado
1029 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA

Mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers--come join me for a discussion and reading from THE FOUR SEASONS at Bay Books, just across the bridge from downtown San Diego. Though this event is suitable for all audiences, it will focus on the relationships among girls and women that are at the heart of the book.

February 13, 2009 7:00 am

Southern California Writers Conference, San Diego
Crowne Plaza San Diego
2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA

Breakfast Keynoter, \\\\\\\"My Years of Writing Copiousssssly." Afternoon workshop on "Writing Fiction about Real People"

February 7, 2009 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Author Appearance
The Grove
30th and Juniper, San Diego

Laurel Corona will meet with local members of the American Association of University Women at The Grove, an independent bookstore in South Park, San Diego

January 31, 2009 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Local Authors Reception
San Diego Library Central Branch
820 E Street, San Diego, CA

A reception honoring local authors who published books in 2008. Among the titles the library will showcase through the end of February 2009 in an exhibit at the main branch are UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH and THE FOUR SEASONS

January 21, 2009 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Book Reading and Signing
San Diego Central Library
820 E Street, San Diego, CA

Please join me at San Diego\'s Central Library for a reading and book signing of THE FOUR SEASONS.

January 17, 2009 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Book Reading and Signing
THE AVID READER, Sacramento
1600 Broadway, Sacramento CA

If you are in the Sacramento area, please join me for a discussion and reading from THE FOUR SEASONS. Bring or purchase a book for signing!

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