Napa County AAUW Authors Forum 2023

Please join us for the 2023 Authors Forum and Scholarship Fundraiser, Saturday February 4th, 2023 2:00pm at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center 2277 Napa Vallejo Highway Napa, CA 94558. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.


Acclaimed authors, Vanessa Hua and Margo Candela, will discuss their recent works of fiction in conversation with Naomi Chamblin of Napa Bookmine. Attend in person or on Zoom. A recording of the Authors Forum will be made available to all ticket holders after the event. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Napa Bookmine and the authors will be available for book signing. Proceeds will go to scholarships for Napa County girls and women. This event is sponsored by the Napa County AAUW Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, tax ID number 68-0133579.

About Forbidden City:

On the eve of China’s Cultural Revolution and her sixteenth birthday, Mei dreams of becoming a model revolutionary. When the Communist Party recruits girls for a mysterious duty in the capital, she seizes the opportunity to escape her impoverished village. It is only when Mei arrives at the Chairman’s opulent residence—a forbidden city unto itself—that she learns that the girls’ job is to dance with the Party elites. Ambitious and whip-smart, Mei beelines toward the Chairman. Mei gradually separates herself from the other recruits to become the Chairman’s confidante—and paramour. While he fends off political rivals, Mei faces down schemers from the dance troupe who will stop at nothing to take her place, as well as the Chairman’s imperious wife, who has secret plans of her own. When the Chairman finally gives Mei a political mission, she seizes it with fervor, but the brutality of this latest stage of the revolution makes her begin to doubt all the certainties she has held so dear. Forbidden City is an epic yet intimate portrayal of one of the world’s most powerful and least understood leaders during this extraordinarily turbulent period in modern Chinese history. Mei’s harrowing journey toward truth and disillusionment raises questions about power, manipulation, and belief, as seen through the eyes of a passionate teenage girl.

“Masterful…sweeping… eye-opening, vital and timely now more than ever”—Washington Post

"Arresting, beautiful, and epic, Vanessa Hua’s Forbidden City left me breathless by the last page. Hua’s writing is propulsive and packed with rich historical details and exquisitely crafted characters. Forbidden City is at once a sweeping political drama, a coming-of-age story, and a novel that will leave a lasting impact for readers everywhere. Mei is a character who will stay with you long after reading. " —Lara Prescott, The Secrets We Kept

About The Neapolitan Sisters

Three sisters. Three vastly different lives. A maelstrom of family secrets. For fans of María Amparo Escandón and Laurie Frankel, Margo Candela pens a riotous, provocative tale of family and sisterhood.
Growing up with a kind but alcoholic father and a suspicious, passive aggressive mother, the Bernal  sisters each developed their own way of coping: Dulcina had her art and drugs and alcohol, Claudia plunged into her studies and fled to Princeton, and Maritza watched one Disney movie after another in between devouring romance novels. Now all grown up, the sisters are reunited at last for Maritza’s dream wedding. But they are no less different than they were growing up: Maritza is a princess bridezilla, Claudia is the family “fixer,” and Dulcina “Dooley” is finally sober.  With all three Bernal sisters back in their East L.A. home, each begins to take steps to come to terms with each other, their parents, and the secrets from their shared past. While their lives may have taken different paths, they are still sisters at heart. Told in alternating points of view, The Neapolitan Sisters is a humorous yet moving look at what it means to be a sister, daughter, and ultimately, your own self, despite the pressures that come with being part of a family.

A Most Anticipated Latinx Book of 2022! Neapolitan Sisters is about three vastly different lives, family secrets. A story of sisterhood, at times poignant, funny, and provocative..

"There’s love behind this book — and painful honesty, too.” — The San Francisco Chronicle

Event date: 
Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94558
Forbidden City: A Novel By Vanessa Hua Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399178818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - May 10th, 2022

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A teenage girl living in 1960s China becomes Mao Zedong’s protégée and lover—and a heroine of the Cultural Revolution—in this “masterful new novel” (The Washington Post)

The Neapolitan Sisters: A Novel of Heritage and Home By Margo Candela Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639100842
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alcove Press - August 9th, 2022

Three sisters. Three vastly different lives. A maelstrom of family secrets. For fans of María Amparo Escandón and Laurie Frankel, Margo Candela pens a riotous, provocative tale of family and sisterhood.