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Photo courtesy of Mike Bitzenhofer.

Events & Appearances

UPCOMING PUBLIC ZOOM EVENTS for The Secret Music at Tordesillas:

Monday, August 2, 2021, 7 pm EASTERN: The Music of Hidden Lives . Follow the link for more information and to register. I’ll be in conversation with award-winning novelist Jennifer Steil, whose most recent book, Exile Music, takes her readers on an epic coming-of-age journey from Austria to Bolivia during the rise of Hitler and World War II. Both of our novels feature music–and the struggle to nurture a sense of hope–in oppressive political and cultural times.


Monday, May 3, 2021, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Pacific, join me at the Benicia Public Library’s Virtual First Mondays reading series, where I’ll be reading–and in conversation with–the wonderful novelist and short story writer Erin McGraw and our equally awesome host, David Dodd. Click the link above to register for the webinar–and we’ll be doing a robust and lively Q and A as part of the deal.

February 1, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Philomath Library Virtual Evening Book Club Author Visit: For more information visit:

Friday July 31, 2020, 7 pm to 8 pm: Sephardic Stories and Music: at University Synagogue, Irvine, California. In the second half of Shabbat services, I’ll be in conversation with Rabbi Arnold Rachlis about the novel, its inspiration, and its relevance to our own cultural moment. Cantor Ruti Braier and Ladino singer Professor Bonita Jaros will sing some of the haunting Sephardic romances referenced in the book.


Monday June 1, 2020, 4:5o pm to 6 pm PACIFIC TIME:

We began with a short live musical performance by members of Trio Sefardi, joining us by special appearance from Virginia. Two members of the group performed works featured in the novel. Thank you, Howard and Tina!



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