In Sacramento, I gave a talk at the Friends of the Library at California State University, Sacramento, the university where I spent several decades teaching journalism.
In San Francisco, it was a lively panel discussion with three other writers at the Howard Zinn Book Faire.
The Sacramento event was a real homecoming for me.
The library gallery speaking venue was full. The audience included students, former colleagues and even retired CSUS President Donald R. Gerth and his wife Beverly.
My introduction was given by longtime amigo, retired Journalism Professor Bill Dorman. Bill helped engineer my appearance and shepherded me through the day - a luncheon, the talk and a cocktail/reception at the home of retired Government Professor Jean Torcom.
In the talk I took a different tack than previous presentations. I stayed away from reciting the horrors of hydrofracking and focused on the novel-writing process. The feedback at the talk and the reception after let me know it was the right move for the university audience.
A video of the talk is at the bottom of this column.
Included were references to The Devil's Pipeline (set to go to an LA publisher this week for a second look) and The Wolverine Rebellion, the characters of which are getting extremely restless for my attention to get that plot moving again.
|(L-R: Liz Carlisle, Steve Masover, Michael Fitzgerald)
The other panel members were Liz Carlisle, author of The Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America and Jean Tepperman, author of Warning from My Future Self.
It was a lively panel discussion, with all of us talking about using fiction to effect social change.
The panel was less than an hour - the panel-presentation equivalent of speed dating.
But it was a lot of fun.