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THE SCENE-News, Events, Resources |SALON - INTERVIEWS, Submission, Contacts

GALLERY- Audiobooks, Art, Humour, Misc |The STACKS - Back Issues

The Mill Valley Literary Review Spring 2014

Photo Journal, Graphic Novels & Stories Special Issue

"The Mill Valley Literary Review drags the literary journal kicking and screaming into the 21st century." San Francisco Magazine Feb. 2014*

Staying up with Tom Barbash: In Conversation Mill Valley author hits a solid fictional forehand with a tennis themed short story from STAY UP WITH ME


Bestselling Marin author Catherine Coulter - now Covergirl! A rare interview in WD's Feb. issue

( Note MillValleyLit's inexplicable address label - in a Muir Woods hollow redwood tree ;)

MillValleyLit Webzine Spring Issue 2014

The Mill Valley Literary Review is a quarterly digital magazine providing encouragement, wit and resources from Marin and San Francisco Bay's literary renaissance.

Optimized for Mac & Firefox. To simulate a tree-based magazine experience enjoy on iPad or Kindle.


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The scoop on the exciting Literary Scene

The long-awaited last "lost" novel of Mill Valley's late writer-in-chief, Don Carpenter, is finally released. Don was friend and mentor of writers such as Anne Lamotte, Louis B. Jones, Richard Brautigan and many more.

See interview with Louis B. Jones discussing Don Carpenter, in Winter '14 issue Stacks under Salon. See San Francisco magazine's report on this great event.

For more information on Carpenter scroll below*.


MILL VALLEY - Home to The Mill Valley Film Festival, Mt. Tam, Muir Woods, redwood trees, Dipsea foot Race, waterfalls, an entire hilly neighborhood with streets named after POETS, rock stars, artists, and WRITERS, WRITERS, WRITERS

Mill Valley's literary pedigree is impresive, more so for a town of barely 14,000: Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Peter Coyote, David Harris, Gerald Nicosia, Martin Cruz Smith, Louis B. Jones, Jack Finney, Don Carpenter, Gina Berriault, Kay Boyle, Wright Morris, Joyce Maynard (J.D. Salinger's companion), Cyra McFadden, Jane Hirschfield, Maxine Chernoff, poet Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur and other lyricists.

Authors who call(ed) Marin County home include Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Isabel Allende, T.C. Boyle, Jack London, Kerouac's daughter Jan (also a writer), Ram Dass, Stirling Silliphant, Shel Silverstein, Sterling Hayden, Susan Trott, Catherine Coulter, Leonard Gardner, Van Morrison (aural poet), Philip K. Dick, Barnaby Conrad, Joe Eszterhas, Richard Brautigan, Ambrose Bierce, Poet Aram Saroyan (son of William Saroyan), Dave Eggers, Allen Drury. The late Tom Clancy often wrote in Mill Valley. A rare student of Robert Frost's Dartmouth College lectures lives in Tiburon.

The connections: Ernest Hemingway's son -Jack, and grand-daughters Mariel and Margaux lived in Mill Valley's* Boyle Park area in the 60s. John Steinbeck's connection: Ed Ricketts - marine biologist\writer\muse\character - "Doc" in Cannery Row, subject of "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" -Rickett's son lives quietly in Mill Valley. Senior Ricketts was also an inspiration to Joseph Campbell. Rickets Jr. was recently interviewed in SFGate:

*Hemingway Mill Valley home article




Grant's Winner: "The Night F. Scott, Papa, Tall Tom and Wee Willie Faulkner Came to Maxwell Perkins' Birthday Party"
Another of Grant's short works is in last issue (Winter 14) in Stacks under Literary Review

MORE press points to MillValleyLit!

MillValleyLit Spring 2013 Contest Winner Susanna Solomon - launched her first book at Book Passage! MillValleyLit Publisher King is listed in Acknowledgements. Susanna Solomon turns Point Reyes sheriff's calls into quirky stories - see :
BEST SELLING BOOKS FROM MARIN IJ #4. "Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls" by Susanna Solomon. - 3k - 2014-02-08

Mill Valley Literary Review Poetry Editor Ari Maslow was in the papers 3 times in February for his family Native art business West Side Trading Post, a long time advertiser in MillValleyLit.

1. Marin IJ
Marin Snapshot: Mill Valley's Maslow celebrates 'richness and value' of Native American art


3. Marinscope\Mill Valley Herald

Fall 2013 Contest Winner Patricia L. Morin 3rd mystery collection recently published: CONFETTI, A COLLECTION OF COZY CRIMES

MillValleyLit in the press:

1. * San Francisco Magazine Feb. 2014

2. Marin Magazine June issue: "Local Literature" at top of page 30. Marin Magazine is available by subscription, on select newsstands, and a snazzy digital version at:

2. Marin Independent Journal coverage from Paul Liberatore:

3. Mill Valley Herald's front page interview:

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*Don Carpenter continued. Don Carpenter was a close friend of many San Francisco and Marin writers, but his closest friendship was with Richard Brautigan, and when Brautigan killed himself, Carpenter tried for some time to write a biography of his remarkable, deeply troubled friend. He finally abandoned that in favor of writing a novel. Fridays at Enrico’s is the story of four writers living in Northern California and Portland during the early, heady days of the Beat scene, a time of youth and opportunity. This story mixes the excitement of beginning with the melancholy of ambition, often thwarted and never satisfied. Loss of innocence is only the first price you pay. These are people, men and women, tender with expectation, at risk and in love. Carpenter also carefully draws a portrait of these two remarkable places, San Francisco and Portland, in the ’50s and early ‘60s, when writers and bohemians were busy creating the groundwork for what came to be the counterculture.

Don Carpenter was born in Berkeley in 1932. Raised in Portland, he enlisted in the air force and returned to the Bay Area at the end of his service. Carpenter was closely involved in the Bay area literary scene, and could often be found in the bars and coffee shops of North Beach with fellow writers like Evan S. Connell Jr., Curt Gentry and Richard Brautigan. He published 10 novels during his lifetime, including A Hard Rain Falling, which George Pelecanos called “a masterpiece,” and A Couple of Comedians, which is thought by some the best novel about Hollywood ever written. Don also had a successful career as a screenwriter, living for long periods in Hollywood where he wrote the movie “Pay Day” (1972). After years of deteriorating health, Don Carpenter committed suicide in Mill Valley in 1995. At the time of his death he was at work on the novel Fridays at Enrico’s. Nearly twenty years later Counterpoint Press is publishing this long awaited work. Tribute information and Carpenter photo from California Book Club web site




"Sunshine came softly a-through my a-window today. Could've tripped out easy a, but I've a-changed my ways." Donovan, 1966. Considered the first overtly psychedelic Pop songs. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones played on the recording.


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