Reading in Sausalito on March 9

Cake! Champagne! A book launch!

Why There Are Words (WTAW) is back on March 9, 2017, at Studio 333 in Sausalito as we celebrate the first book launch of founder Peg Alford Pursell. In true WTAW fashion, she will read alongside six other acclaimed authors. Champagne and cake will be served. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. Pursell has personally rented the gallery for the evening so there will no admission fee. Donations to WTAW, a 501(c)3 nonprofit are always welcome!


Peg Alford Pursell is a writer, editor, and literary community builder. The author of Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow (ELJ Editions, March 2017), her stories have been published in Forklift Ohio, The Journal of Compressed Arts, Joyland and many others.

Harriet Scott Chessman‘s newest novel is The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas (Outpost 19, March 2017). She is the author of four earlier novels, and has taught English and creative writing at Yale University, Bread Loaf School of English and Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program.

Molly Giles is the author of the novel Iron Shoes and four prize-winning collections, the latest of which is All The Wrong Places. She has just completed the twelfth revision of her second novel and submitted a new collection of (published) stories to her agent.

Glen David Gold is the author of the novels Sunnyside and Carter Beats the Devil, which have been translated into 14 languages. His three-volume memoir, “I Will Be Complete,” is forthcoming from Knopf in 2018, if we have one.

Stefan Kiesbye is the author of several novels, the latest of which is Knives, Forks, Scissors, Flames (Panhandler Books, October 2016). His work has been translated into numerous languages, and German newspaper Die Welt has called him “the inventor of the modern German gothic novel.”

Ethel Rohan is the author of The Weight Of Him, a debut novel just published by St. Martin’s Press, February 14, 2017. She is also the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone. An award-winning short story writer, her work has appeared in The New York Times, World Literature Today, The Rumpus and many others.

Sarah Stone’s novel The True Sources of the Nile has been taught in courses on literature, ethics, and the rhetoric of human rights. Her writing has appeared in, among other places, Ploughshares, The Believer, StoryQuarterly and The Millions.

Curated and hosted by Peg Alford Pursell.
Enjoyed by you!  See you there!