Sunday, October, 19th, 4pm to 6pm:
The Last Bookstore is happy to welcome Dawn Kohler, Deanna Neil, and Desiree Zamorano as they read and discuss their latest work.
At the age of 32, Dawn experienced a profound life change that pulled her from her award winning role as founder and CEO of a thriving computer company and into a serendipitous journey that altered the course of her life. The following years were devoted to exploration, study, and a deep yearning to return to her passion for writing. The many lessons she experienced on her journey are depicted in her 1999 memoir, A New Dawn Rising, One Woman’s Spiritual Odyssey.
After her first book was released, Dawn returned to corporate American and thrived as a sought-after executive coach working with senior leaders at such companies as NBC Entertainment, DreamWorks and TimeWarner Cable. The dynamic struggles and growth she experienced with her clients further confirmed the lessons in her own awakening and inspired her new novel, The Invitation, A Weekend with Emma—The first book in the Emma Daines Series.
Dawn currently coaches leaders, facilitates self-discovery workshops, and is the founding member of the Emma Daines Society, a community dedicated to personal development asa means for global healing. For more information please visit her website at www.Dawnkohler.com or contact her at [email protected]
Deanna Neil is the author of The Land of Curiosities, a young-adult historical fiction trilogy about Yellowstone National Park in the 1870s. Her books have garnered 10 awards including a Nautilus, Benjamin Franklin and Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Time Magazine for Kids named her a 2008 “Hero for the Planet.” Deanna’s play Fracturing, an adaptation of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People focused on hydraulic fracturing in upstate NY, was produced Off Off Broadway, in universities, and workshopped at Jackson Hole’s Off Square Theatre Company. As a journalist, Deanna worked for the Air America Radio network, NPR, KCET and blogs for the Huffington Post. She has been a playwright-in-residence and Teaching Artist for all ages and will be teaching creative writing as an adjunct professor in Los Angeles this fall. A passionate musician, sometimes you can catch her singing along with her ukulele. Deanna graduated from Wesleyan University with honors in American Studies. www.deedeebird.com.
Playwright, Pushcart Prize-nominee, award-winning short story writer, and director of the Community Literacy Center at Occidental College, Désirée Zamorano shares her debut novel, The Amado Women. In a June 13th article for Publisher’s Weekly, Désirée stated “As part of the Latina community, I recently realized that we have a superpower: invisibility.” The Amado Women not only vanquishes this “superpower,” it does so with grace, beauty, and a powerful story about four women, connected by birth, separated by secrets.
The Amado Women has been selected as the August 2014 Book of the Month for the Los Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club, has been listed among 5 Must-Read Books for Summer 2014 by Remezcla, and has been named 1 of Eleven Moving Beach Reads That’ll Have You Weeping in Your Pina Colada by Bustle.