Culbertson novel re-issued, workshop planned |

Culbertson novel re-issued, workshop planned

Nevada County writer Kim Culbertson’s first novel, “Songs for a Teenage Nomad,” is being reissued Sept. 1 by Sourcebooks Fire.

She will celebrate the new edition with a talk Wednesday about her path to publishing, read a short excerpt of her novel, and lead participants in a writing workshop focusing on songs and memory. (See box for details.)

In the workshop, Culbertson will focus on using specific detail to examine how songs and memory create a soundtrack to each person’s life. Bring your journal and a pen.

This book was reviewed by bloggers and has won several awards, including the Ben Franklin Award. This is the first time it has been made widely available. It will be available for purchase, and Culbertson will sign copies at the end of the program.

Culbertson has taught high school English, creative writing and drama for more than 10 years in public and private schools. She works at Forest Charter School, a progressive personalized learning program.

She has written short fiction for Cicada. She lives in Nevada City with her husband and daughter.

For Calle Smith, the only constant in her life is her playlist. After moving 12 times in eight years, it’s been the only thing she’s really been able to take with her.

When her mother moves them yet again, Calle finds herself in Andreas Bay, Calif., kicking off her freshman year. Armed with her song journal, she creates a soundtrack for her life, keeping the world at a distance. Yet, before she knows it, she’s navigating through the drama crowd, meeting a mysterious loner, and befriending an unlikely boy who will become her first love.

When Calle finds out the awful truth about who her father is, and why they’ve had to move so often, she is faced with the toughest choice of her life.

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