Writers Newman, Jones and Rutten featured at second Yuba Lit event Nov. 19 at The Open Door in Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

Writers Newman, Jones and Rutten featured at second Yuba Lit event Nov. 19 at The Open Door in Grass Valley

Amy Rutten is one of the featured presenters at the second Yuba Lit community reading event Nov. 19.
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Acclaimed San Francisco novelist Janis Cooke Newman, Nevada City novelist Louis B. Jones and emerging Nevada City writer Amy Rutten are featured presenters at the second Yuba Lit community reading event 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

The event, which follows a robustly attended and lively September launch, will be at The Open Book (formerly Tomes), 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley.

The $5 cover, payable in cash at the door, benefits the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Local wine from Szabo and Sierra Star wineries will be served; donations benefiting the next production of Yuba Lit are gratefully accepted.

An opening flash-reading round invites members of the audience chosen by lottery to read one poem or page, three minutes max.

Thanks to an excellent suggestion from an audience member, this Yuba Lit will close with a Q&A panel with the authors, moderated by Yuba Lit organizer Rachel Howard.

The audience is encouraged to bring questions about the authors’ books and writing lives.

Also, Newman and Jones will sign books for sale after the reading.

Newman’s new novel, “A Master Plan for Rescue,” has been hailed as “unforgettable” and “wondrous” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Set in 1942 New York and Berlin, the story follows Jack, a 12-year-old boy who has lost his father in a bizarre accident.

Desperate to imagine his father is still alive, Jack meets Jakob, a Jewish refugee, and the two leap from telling stories of love and loss to orchestrating a bold real-life intervention.

Combining meticulous research with heartfelt fantasy, “A Master Plan for Rescue” is, says best-selling author Katie Crouch, “a World War II novel, but unlike any I’d read before.”

Newman’s previous novel, “Mary,” based on the life of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times’ First Fiction Award.

Newman is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She founded the annual writers conference Lit Camp.

Nevada City resident Jones’s first three novels — “Ordinary Money,” “Particles of Luck” and “California’s Over” — were each named New York Times Notable Books.

A National Endowment for the Arts and MacDowell Colony fellow, Jones is now at work on a trilogy of novels that began with the publication of “Radiance,” the story of a death-obsessed physics professor, which the New York Times said “draw(s) bold discussions of Big Questions.”

The second novel in the trilogy, “Innocence,” concerned a plastic surgery and real estate-obsessed former minister in Marin County, and was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “Tender, funny, and sometimes grotesque (…) both challenging and eminently readable.”

The co-director for the Squaw Valley Community of Writers’ Fiction Program, Jones will read from his novel-in-progress “Immanence,” the final installment of the trilogy.

Nevada City writer Rutten is an architect now completing her first novel.

A member of Sierra Writers, Rutten heads Alumni Relations and Development for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

She will read a short story.

Yuba Lit is produced and hosted by Rachel Howard, author of a memoir about her father’s murder, “The Lost Night” (Dutton), which was acclaimed in the New York Times and many other outlets.

Her stories, essays and journalism appear in the New Yorker online, the New York Times, Gulf Coast Magazine, and other publications.

More about Howard at http://www.rachelhoward.com.

The first Yuba Lit, held on Sept. 24, shared the writing of Joshua Mohr, Christian Kiefer, and Molly Fisk, and raised $200 at the door for the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

The third Yuba Lit reading will be held in January. Yuba Lit’s website is http://www.yubalit.org.

Visit http://www.bylt.org to learn more about the trail building and conservation efforts of the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

For more information, contact Howard at 415-307-6943, or rachel.howard@gmail.com.

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