Please join us for a joint author reading with Bo Kearns and Richard Tres!
Ashes in a Coconut
In 1983, after a successful first fashion show in New York City, Laura Harrison sets aside her professional aspirations to follow her husband, Jack, to Indonesia, to support his banking career. She hopes her effort will revive their flagging marriage. But when they arrive, they come across a funeral ceremony, that sets the tone for much of their welcome to the country. Laura experiences a wave of unease and haunting premonitions. Jack is ambitious and eager to make his mark but doesn’t know how to handle the corrupt world of Indonesian business. Soon, he’s trapped in a shady deal and an ever-growing web of deceit and fraud. Laura, however, is settling in. When she discovers an orphaned baby orangutan in the market, her heart breaks—and she discovers her new passion. Together with local seamstresses, she forms a co-op making batik clothing to sell in the U.S., proceeds from which will help to save the orangutans. When Jack decides to finance a logging project in the rainforest, the two clash. More concerning, Jack may have gravely miscalculated how to handle his Indonesian business associates, and suddenly Laura’s premonitions don’t seem so far-fetched.
Bo Kearns, journalist and writer of fiction, is the author of Ashes in a Coconut, a novel set in Indonesia, where he lived for three years. He is a feature writer with Northbay biz magazine and the Sonoma Index-Tribune newspaper. His short stories have won awards—First Prize, Napa Valley College writing contest, Honorable Mention-Glimmer Train Fiction Open competition, and Finalist- Redwood Writers On the Edge genre competition. Other works have
been published in the annual California Writers Club Literary Review, Napa Valley Writers First Press, The Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine and Sonoma: Stories of a Region and Its People. He is a UC Naturalist, beekeeper, avid hiker and active supporter of conservation causes. He lives in the wine country of Sonoma with his wife and their rescue dog, Jake.
The Man Without a Party
The Kaiser fined him for his writings; he refused to pay. The Weimar Republic charged him with treason for publishing the truth about their illegal military build-up. He fought them in court and went to prison. In early 1933, when Hitler took power, journalist Carl von Ossietzky was one of the first thrown into the new concentration camps. In order to get him out of Germany, Ossietzky’s friends nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Never thinking he would win, they hoped to create enough international uproar to force Hitler to free the journalist he was torturing.
Ossietzky won the Nobel Peace Prize for 1935. But Hitler still would not let his captive go. This is Carl von Ossietzky’s story.
Richard Tres is a retired high school and college teacher; he lives in Napa with his wife and extended family. Richard graduated from St. Mary’s College of California (’74), double-majoring in Classics and Integral Liberal Arts (based on the Great Books Program); from U.C. Berkeley with M.A.s in Latin and English; received a summer Fulbright award to study Latin archaeology in Italy and three NEH awards (Jack London, Roman Comedy and Lucian the Skeptic); wrote UCBerk M.A. dissertation on The Pickwick Papers; translated Latin of Aquinas (over 200 MS pages) for Matthew Fox’ Sheer Joy; edited hundreds of passages from Thoreau’s Journals as free verse (Eau de Thoreau ebook avail. on amazon); and wrote and delivered the essay “Friendship and Trickery in Huck Finn” to CATE Conference.