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See "Dreaming Mill Valley" author Christie Nelson and MillValleyLit Editor\Author John King at Mill Valley Book Depot May 16th at 5:30 PM for: "Place as Character, A Conversation and Reading"

Click for Preview of Summer's Local Writers Issue

Each quarterly webzine will showcase one or more writers. See Salon for submission info.

Info about Executive Editor J. Macon King and archived Winter 2012 Beat\Kerouac\Nicosia issue at bottom of Gallery\Stacks page


















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"Uniting our Community through the Power of the Arts"

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Spring Issue 2013

The Mill Valley Literary Review is a quarterly providing encouragement, wit and resources for Marin and San Francisco Bay's literary renaissance. Emerging writers and enthusiastic readers - Welcome.

Coming June 15th! New Issue

Our Local Writers and Locales Bonanza Summer Issue features

New Audiobook Section celebrating National Audiobook Month

Interviews with two pro audiobook Narrators: Paul Costanzo and Simon Vance

Squaw, Alpine and A Tale of Two Valleys; Jeb Harrison and "Hack;" local connections to Edgar Rice Burroughs and J.D. Salinger; faux writings of James Joyst, William "Billybob" Blake, George Ohwell and a New Writing Contest

Our Special Spring Women's Issue features interviews with rock n'roll mystery writer Deborah Grabien, "fEmpowerment" author Sandy Shepard, and debut novelist Barbara Davies Hubbard. The Winter Contest winner is announced, plus poems and stories, The Paris Wife, The Women of Frank Lloyd Wright , Dorothy Parker, Patricia Highsmith, Pacific Sun's Jill Kramer and much more.

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


The Mill Valley writing community has included Jack Kerouac, Jack London, Maxine Chernoff, Cyra McFadden, Peter Coyote, Gerald Nicosia, John Gray, Sterling Hayden, Gary Snyder, Joyce Maynard, Jane Hirschfield, Jack Finney (Body Snatchers,) composer , Vince Guaraldi, John Lennon and other lyricists, and more. Marin environs authors must include Anne Lamott, Isabel Allende, Kerouac's daughter Jan (also a writer), Stirling Silliphant, Shel Silverstein, Catherine Coulter, personal favorites Van Morrison (aural poet), Philip K. Dick, R.I.P. Barnaby Conrad, Joe Esterhaus, and Richard Brautigan.

Mill Valley is pedigreed with notables such as Jack Kerouac, who once lived in Homestead Valley, and in On the Road mash-uped Mill Valley with Marin City for "Mill City," an Ernest Hemingway connection, as his eldest son and grand-daughter Mariel called Mill Valley home in the 60s, and a Jack London (Sea-Wolf) reference.


Take a look at the recent Mill Valley Herald front page article about Mill Valley Lit by clicking Herald.


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Depot Bookstore and Cafe

Thursday, May 16th ~ 5:30

Christie Nelson and John M. King Discuss
“Place as Character" with a Dramatic Reading

Christie Nelson, author of Dreaming Mill Valley and Woodacre, and John M. King, poet, and Publisher of Mill Valley Literary Review, will discuss the theme and power of using “place as character” featuring examples from their writing.

The Depot Bookstore & Cafe | 87 Throckmorton Ave. | Mill Valley CA 383-2665



R.I.P. Barnaby Conrad
MillValleyLit wrote about this classic S.F.\Marin bullfightin’ man in the last 2 issues. From SFGate obit: "Barnaby Conrad, who combined several different lives in his 90 years, died at his home in Carpinteria, in Santa Barbara County, on Feb. 12."

Mr. Conrad was, at various times, a bullfighter, a diplomat, a man about town, an author, a painter, owner of a North Beach night spot in one of San Francisco's golden ages, and a patron of the arts.
"He really had an amazing life," said his son, Barnaby Conrad III. "He liked people, he liked stars, he loved characters and never forgot a name. He was a dashing fellow himself and he really enjoyed life."

He will be missed.

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Conrad photos from web sources






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