BOOKS

Good Night San Luis Obispo

by Jennifer Kirn and Gay Melody Sullivan

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46 pages, July 2019. Published by Penciled In.

Good Night San Luis Obispo is a bedtime story for both children and adults. Embark on an adventure through our county touring many of its beloved sites.

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Star Walker

by Jennifer Franco Smith

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32 pages, July 2018. Published by Penciled In.

A poetry debut from Cambria native Jennifer Franco Smith. “These are unexpected thoughts too good to waste, put on paper to enjoy and share.”

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Is this the place to Bee?

by Diane Harrison

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36 pages, May 2018. Published by Penciled In.

Explore the world through the eyes of a bee in this imaginative children’s book. Is this the place for a bee? Is it a flower? Or is it a cow’s eyelashes?

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Amazing Grace!

by Diane Harrison

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36 pages, April 2018. Published by Penciled In.

Find out how a little girl in her daily activities represents peace and compassion — and where to find these qualities in ourselves. An uplifting, delightful message for any age.

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Getting to Paris

by Stephanie Gidley

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274 pages, March 2018. Published by Penciled In.

The story of taking the first step, and then all of the necessary steps afterwards, to actually travel to Paris.

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Black Birds on Thursday

by George Asdel

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70 pages, September 2017. Published by Penciled In.

A whimsical book of art and poetry, ranging the gamut from haiku, tanka, limerick and free verse. “An irresistible book for grownups and kids. Perfect for the kids in grownups. George’s imaginative poems and drawings bring delight.” — Jeanie Greensfelder

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I Got What I Came For

by Jeanie Greensfelder

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69 pages, September 2017. Published by Penciled In.

These poems speak with a clarity and composure that illuminate the moments Jeanie Greensfelder asks us to consider. And these moments span a life. Girls hoping for kisses ride a merry-go-round; a mother hides evidence of a teenage and failed marriage; a daughter works a jigsaw puzzle, filling in “the tedious sky and earth”; a couple celebrating a 42nd anniversary debates their first date; a sudden illness leaves the speaker “almost believing life will end.” There is a bite to these poems I trust and a grace to their making I admire. Greensfelder writes “At the jasmine vine by my front door, a raindrop, suspended on a stem, stops me” and I, too, pause in gratitude. - Lisa Coffman, author of Less Obvious Gods and Likely

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Singing and Dying

by Glenna Luschei

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92 pages, December 2016. Published by Penciled In.

A Nebraska Book Award Poetry Honor Book, this late-2016 collection of poems continues to prove that Glenna Luschei is “… one of the finest lyrical poets currently practicing in America.” (Grover Lewis)

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War & Whispers

by Marguerite Costigan

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73 pages, October 2016. Published by Penciled In.

2015-2016 San Luis Obispo County Poet Laureate’s second book. “Costigan has had no choice but to take it all in… amid news of violence without end: 9/11, Oklahoma City, Darfur, Iraq (‘There’s enough war going around for everyone. If we live, we become, all of us, veterans’) – but rather than rage or despair in her nakedness she makes a haunting music.” (Michael Harris)

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Through the Cosmic Mist

by Ivan BrownOtter

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182 pages, September 2016. Published by Penciled In.

“Ivan BrownOtter’s finely-crafted poems range from the brashness of his youth to old-age forays into nature. The poems become the wind and rain; we invariably find surprises, sometimes shocking, many times funny, always honest. Whether he’s inside a lightning storm in a Navajo classroom, or walking the mesa by moonlight, or sitting in silence with a shaman, the experience is ours.” — Rosemary Wilvert

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Spirits

by Elizabeth Buckner

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56 pages, June 2016. Published by Penciled In.

A message from my memory and my muse:
Pregnant with poems
when will you deliver?

“Devour Spirits if you dare. Elizabeth Buckner’s poems are brave, dizzying explorations of the counter-culture. She spares us nothing in her unblinking testimony of the drugs and drink she takes—up my nose, down my throat, into my veins. We’re riding shotgun on this wild journey that takes us to Malibu, Haight-Ashbury, Oregon, Amsterdam and Marrakech. But it is Buckner’s interior journey that intoxicates — the snap, crackle, pop of a life surrendered to the psychedelic 60s—and ultimately reclaimed.”
— Deborah Tobola, Artistic Director of Poetic Justice Project

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Rock & Fire

by Marguerite Costigan

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73 pages, February 2016. Published by Penciled In.

From the 2015-2016 San Luis Obispo County Poet Laureate, this sizzling collection “is as burning as creation itself, as solid as granite.” (Glenna Luschei)

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Safaris With Steve

by Diane Tappey

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102 pages, March 2015. Published by Penciled In.

Those who go to Botswana on safari owe a debt of gratitude to the guides who drive them to see the animals, educate them in the various species’ behaviors, interpret the actions, teach basic tracking skills, maneuver their vehicles for the best camera angles, and keep them safe while they are doing it.

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Marriage and Other Leaps of Faith

by Jeanie Greensfelder

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86 pages, March 2015. Published by Penciled In.

Amusing, candid, and engaging, Marriage and Other Leaps of Faith displays universal aspects of marriage and an exploration of this human journey in other life leaps.

Greensfelder shows “…any long relationship can never be one thing at a time, only a counterpoint of feelings: resolute, funny, nostalgic, fearful, joyful and often astonishing.” (Diane Stevens)

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French Lessons, The Art of Living and Loving Well

by E.J. Gore

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168 pages, July 2013. Published by Penciled In.

When Susan Purcell encounters Gabrielle LaCroix on a visit to Paris, she’s by struck Gabrielle’s confidence, pleasure in her life, but most of all – by her happiness with herself. In the four months that follow, Susan becomes Suzanne transforming herself and her life, amid the splendor and charm of Paris. French Lessons is for any woman who has ever wished to change her life, follow her dreams… or visit The City of Light!

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Crossing the Plateau

by Ivan BrownOtter

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76 pages, May 2013. Published by Penciled In.

In this humorous and profoundly moving book of memoir poetry, meet the people of the Navajo reservation — teachers and students alike. BrownOtter survives job interviews, gets mistaken for Christopher Lloyd and uncovers his place in a natural yet mythical universe.

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Biting the Apple

by Jeanie Greensfelder

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70 pages, December 2012. Published by Penciled In.

Spanning seven decades, these intimate poems capture the human journey from the loss of innocence to the fullness of life. With humor and candor, Greensfelder evokes Joseph Campbell’s “sorrowful joys and joyful sorrows.”

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Naked Lady

by Elizabeth Buckner

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74 pages, October 2012. Published by Penciled In.

“The brightest light comes
from the darkest night
if we will walk through the shadows”

So begins the illustrated telling of a transformative journey, of rape and “breaking the cell of isolation and anger her silence caught her in... the details are visceral but the tone is not.” — Jim Cherry

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The Last Spelling Bee

by Benjamin Daniel Lawless

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112 pages, June 2011. Published by Penciled In.

Whether he’s writing a to-do list for time travelers, spinning a tall tale of how he won his sixth grade spelling bee, or painting a picture of life in a distant galaxy, Lawless’ work remains spry and lively, full of humor and surprising moments of mature clarity. For example, in “Spring Cleaning,” the volcanic mountain range surrounding San Luis Obispo suddenly erupts, destroying everything human and man-made in the area. “And we deserve it too, living as we do,” writes Lawless. “The arrogance of convenience, / our microwave ovens, / the slow drip in the kitchen sink.”

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There Is Nothing Poetic About Fish

by Benjamin Daniel Lawless

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56 pages, December 2008. Published by Penciled In.

“Well-written and clever, balancing humor and seriousness in a lovely way.” Nicki Colling

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