Brentwood - Thursday November 17th at 6:30 pm - Mark H. Parsons and Wendelin Van Draanen discuss the writing process and sign "The 9:09 Project" and "The Peach Rebellion".

Join us Thursday November 17th at 6:30 pm as we welcome Mark H. Parsons and Wendelin Van Draanen to the store to discuss the writing process and sign “The 9:09 Project” and “The Peach Rebellion”.

This event is free to attend and will be held in the courtyard at DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood. 

  • During their “He Said, She Said” presentations, they will discuss and take questions on:
  • Their writing process… and yours!
  • Inspiration… and where to find it.
  • How to stay creative while dealing with real life (jobs, children, dogs & drums, etc.).
  • The revision process… how to learn to love it.
  • Dealing with agents, editors, and publishers.
  • Self-pub and trad-pub… the advantages of each.
  • The book-to-movie experience.

The 9:09 Project explores the inner life of a young man who goes to the same street corner at 9:09 PM every evening to take a photograph in honor of his mother… because that’s what time it was when she died. And he’s worried -- deeply worried -- that he’s losing his connection to her.

This is a story about the healing power of art…

About putting your grief to work…

About being open to possibilities...

and making connections.

In other words… it’s a love story.

Described as “The Grapes of Wrath meets Grease the movie,” Wendelin’s latest novel, The Peach Rebellion, is set in California shortly after WWII. A heartwarming story of sisterhood, breaking rules, and blossoming courage, The Peach Rebellion intertwines the lives of three very different young women as they come together to save a family and take a stand against the patriarchy.

Mark Parsons is a longtime nonfiction writer who’d authored over 200 articles for national publications and a pair of nonfiction books when he realized Wendelin was having way more fun writing children’s books, so he transitioned to writing fiction. His first YA novel, Road Rash (Random House) was named to the ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list, and his upcoming novel, The 9:09 Project will be released on Nov. 15 from Delacorte/Random House.

Wendelin Van Draanen is the award-winning, bestselling author of over 30 books (all with Knopf/Random House… and all with the same editor!) including Flipped, The Running Dream, The Sammy Keyes Mystery Series, Runaway, Wild Bird, two four-book series for younger readers, and her nonfiction book for emerging writers, Hope In The Mail -- Reflections on Writing and Life. (Flipped was made into a Warner Brothers feature film, directed by Rob Reiner) Her newest novel, The Peach Rebellion, was published this spring and has gained popularity as a women’s book club selection.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 6:30pm
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DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402
The 9:09 Project By Mark H. Parsons Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593309759
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Delacorte Press - November 15th, 2022

The Peach Rebellion By Wendelin Van Draanen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593378564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 17th, 2022

Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life By Wendelin Van Draanen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984894694
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - September 28th, 2021

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