Support Women in the Arts: Book & Charity Event

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Support Women in the Arts: Book & Charity Event

graphitti wallHi, friends! I’m returning from a whirlwind book tour and just in time! I have a very exciting event coming up next month in California. Betsy Franco (writer, actor, director, & mother of very talented sons James, Dave, & Tom Franco) and I both published novels about a beloved female artist–Camille Claudel–who struggled against a male-dominated art world so intensely, she was committed to an asylum. Camille’s toils inspired us to not only retell her story, but to find a way to give to our fellow female artists.

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We are hosting a non-profit book and charity event at a Kimpton Hotel property– the lovely downtown Monaco Hotel– to benefit WomenArts (, a charity which supports female artists of all kinds–visual artists, musicians, writers, actors,  producers, dancers, and designers. We invite you to attend! Not only will RODIN’S LOVER & NAKED (our novels) be featured to honor Camille Claudel, but other women artists will be as well from photographers to musicians, film directors to fashion designers. Here are a few details about the event:

When: April 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.Cover 1- hd

Where: Hotel Monaco, 501 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102.  (415) 292-0100

Cost: Free, donations encouraged (no donation is too small). Open to the public–men and women!

Other Goodies:  books for sale, free swag and information available on featured artists, cocktails and inspiration abundant

Featured Artists:

Alison Brie: TV & Film Actor

Colleen Clark: Jazz Musician

Eleanor Coppola: (represented in her sculpture) Artist, Writer, Filmaker

Karen Joy Fowler: Bestselling author

Maya Christina Gonzalez: author, fine artist, illustrator

Kirsten Bahrs Janssen: Sculptor and Teacher

Camilla Olson: Startup Founder Turned Fashion Designer

Stefanie Seifer: Actor, Creator of

Michelle Schuster Hudgins: Photographer

Lisa Shiveley: Founder, Executive Director of Menlowe Ballet

giovanni singleton: Poet, Founding Editor of African Diaspora Journal

Jennifer Webb: Actor, Producer, Founder of Noggin



We’re aiming to raise $15,000. A small portion will cover the rental fee of the space and all other monies collected will be donated to WomenArts ( Though we have set the total sum at $15,000, we would love to give more. We hope you will, too. If you would like to make a contribution, please follow the link below to our GoFundMe campaign here:


Thank you for your contribution from the bottom of our hearts!




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