Next Yuba Lit set for Sept. 15 at The Open Book |

Next Yuba Lit set for Sept. 15 at The Open Book

Memoirist Frances Stroh will read at the next Yuba Lit on Sept. 15.
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San Francisco-based writer Frances Stroh, local poet Eugene Berson and Nevada City environmentalist and author Elizabeth Soderstrom will be featured at the next Yuba Lit community reading event, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at The Open Book, 671 Grass Valley.

In addition to Yuba Lit’s three featured readers, audience members are invited to bring a page or a poem for our opening flash readings. Any audience member who brings a poem or a page will be given a raffle ticket; five readers will be drawn from the raffle, and given the mike for three minutes each to read their work. The opening flash readings are always a lively highlight of Yuba Lit.

The $5-$10 sliding scale cover (no one turned away for lack of funds), is split 50/50 between benefiting the Bear Yuba Land Trust, and supporting basic operating costs of Yuba Lit. Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer coffee, tea, and fresh fo

Some details on the three featured readers:

— Frances Stroh

When Frances Stroh was growing up in Detroit, her family’s Stroh Brewing Company had amassed the largest private beer fortune in America, worth $700 million. But the fortune dissolved in a decade, torn apart by divorce and drugs. Stroh will read from her acclaimed memoir about the family’s decline, Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss, at Yuba Lit. Frances is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her work across all media explores issues of identity, point of view, and the mythologies that define us.

— Eugene Berson

Sierra Foothills resident Eugene Berson is working on a collection titled Yuba Grooves. Long active in the Bay Area poetry scene, Berson has published in American Poetry Review, Bastard Angel, Beatitude, Vanishing Cab, Abalone Moon and Referential Magazine and the anthology Honeydew. He has taught poetry workshops in everything from one-room Wyoming schoolhouses to reform schools, Indian reservations, and as a high school teacher in Oakland. He also worked in the trade show industry as a member of Sign Display Union, local 510.

— Elizabeth Soderstrom

Nevada City environmentalist Elizabeth Soderstrom is working on her first novel, Malachite Drift, which takes place in northern Botswana in the Okavango Delta, where Soderstrom worked for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development. Soderstrom is a graduate in Creative Writing from Stanford University where she was also the fiction editor of Sequoia, Stanford’s literary magazine. She earned her PhD in Wildlands Research Science from UC Berkeley. Having spent the last 15 years working for environmental organizations, including the Natural Heritage Institute and American Rivers, Soderstrom is now a Program Manager at the Resources Legacy Fund, a foundation that addresses environmental issues.

For more information on Yuba LIt, see the new Yuba Lit Facebook page at or visit the website at

Yuba Lit is produced and hosted by Nevada City memoirist and fiction writer Rachel Howard and co-produced by poet Angela Sells. If you’d like to volunteer or join our mailing list, please email Rachel at rachel (dot) howard (at) gmail (dot) com. You can learn more about Howard at

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