Christine Sunderland’s seventh novel, Angel Mountain, was released by Wipf and Stock Publishers in April, 2020. Set on Mount Diablo in the present day, the story involves a holy hermit, a Holocaust survivor, a literary librarian, and a faithful geneticist who meet in a world of earthquake, fire, and mob violence. Themes include human dignity and free speech, history and memory, faith and science. Angel Mountain is available through Amazon and local booksellers, as well as through the publisher.
Endorsement: “In Angel Mountain, Christine Sunderland has created a gripping and theologically rich novel, in which four remarkable people make their way through a shifting cultural landscape ringed with apocalyptic fire, revolutionary politics, and end-times expectancy.” —Wilfred M. McClay, University of Oklahoma, author of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story
SURVIVAL: Tales of Pandemic
A CWC anthology published by the High Desert Branch
Congratulations to four Mt. Diablo members who have stories published in this anthology!
Deven Green (Deborah Greenberg)
Lani Longshore (Dual member with Tri-Valley)
ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY:
The idea that writing often puts fears into perspective was the inspiration for SURVIVAL: Tales of Pandemic, the CWC-statewide effort published by the High Desert Branch. Earlier this year, members of every branch of the California Writers Club were challenged to take their concerns about COVID-19 and turn them into fictional short stories. The result is twenty-five original stories from twenty-three authors from across the state. Some are upbeat, some romantic, one or two include humor, and several are just downright scary. Many contain the idea that mankind will triumph, and a few predict that things could be a lot worse. But all the stories are unified by a singular resolve: we are not giving up and we shall prevail.
MT. DIABLO MEMBERS IN THE 2020 LITERARY REVIEW
Huzzahs to five of our own!
Alfred J. Garrotto has released his latest novel, Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words. This unique novel ushers Victor Hugo’s fictional character, Bishop Myriel, out from the shadows of the Les Misérables stage play to the front-and-center position to which Hugo’s famous novel assigns him.
Hugo hints in his novel that the bishop was writing a volume on Christian duty but left it unfinished. Garrotto steps in to cleverly elaborate on the bishop’s detailed Scriptural outline—thoughtfully provided by Hugo himself—and composes a work of theological reflections as if penned in the good bishop’s own hand. Calling himself the ghostwriter in this tri-level authorship he shares with Myriel and Hugo, Garrotto quickly immerses his readers in the voice and heart of Bishop Myriel through a series of autobiographical vignettes. The charming formality of the bishop’s narrative and pitch-perfect style befitting an early nineteenth-century writer render the ghostwriter invisible and magically transport the reader to the very feet of this humble priest, wise beyond his years and devoted to Christian service.
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Purchase on Amazon (ebook and paperback)
Scientist and Business Executive Lucinda Jackson’s memoir, Just a Girl, Growing up Female and Ambitious, will be available on October 8, 2019