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On the Town: A novel day for La Crescenta Woman's Club

November 21, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Willing to sign their books for fans at the La Crescenta Woman's Club Authors Luncheon are, from left, Ashley Ream, Jesse Kellerman and Hannah Dennison.
Willing to sign their books for fans at the La Crescenta… (Courtesy photo )

A three-hour program plus lunch goes really fast when La Crescenta Woman's Club members are involved. On Monday (Nov. 12) these go-getters organized their annual Authors Luncheon at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. A silent auction, door prizes, opportunity prize drawings and authors' book signings welcomed 100 members and guests when they arrived at 10 a.m.

But this literary bunch came to hear from the authors. First up was Hannah Dennison, who was pushing her latest book, “Thieves.” Dennison summarized the book as a British mystery with “murders here and there.” It features her ongoing character, Vicky Hill, from several earlier novels. Dennison said she writes “cozy mysteries.” That means “No sex. No violence. No bad language.”

Dennison's first job in the 1970s was writing obituaries for a small paper in Devon, England. Switching genres, she came to Los Angeles 20 years ago to become a screenwriter. With jobs few and far between, Dennison honed her writing chops in long-form narrative by taking a UCLA extension course from its writers program.

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Next up was Jesse Kellerman, the son of famed husband-and-wife writing team, Faye and Jonathan Kellerman. Jesse described dictating stories when he was 2 years old. Jonathan wrote them down and stapled them into small books, and Jesse did the illustrations. Years later, Jesse moved from Los Angeles and now lives in San Diego.

Commenting on the “majestic hills” outside the country club, Jesse declared, “What a perfect place to hide a body.” Bodies aside, he believes that 90% of fiction readers are women. Jesse took full advantage to promote his current novel, “Potboiler,” to his all-women audience. “Potboiler” parodies the thriller format.

Jesse has had five novels published including his current book. He said he's good at creating “the dark, weird creepy guy.” Jesse announced that he and his father will be writing a book together next year. Asked what his parents thought of his novels, Jesse said, “They think everything I do is brilliant.”

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