An Evening with Janet Fitch

The Community of Writers
in collaboration with
Stories on Stage Sacramento,
is proud to present New York Times bestselling author of White Oleander

Janet Fitch

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Auditorium at CLARA

1425 24th St., Sacramento

The Russian Revolution will be center stage for this evening of literature, conversation, and music. Made doubly relevant by today’s headlines, and the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, this interview and exploration of Janet Fitch’s new novel, The Revolution of Marina M.  will be interspersed with dynamic readings from the book by a professional actor.

Set in the turbulent period before and after the overthrow of the Tsar, this historical novel presents a sweeping account of a young poet carried by the tide of revolution into a life greater than anything she ever imagined.  

Doors Open at 6:30 pm

  • Reception with Russian sweets and vodka (wine and beer). Souvenir shot glass included with ticket price.
  • Copies of The Revolution of Maria M. will be available for sale
  • Janet Fitch will sign copies during the reception.
  • Beaucoup Chapeaux will perform Eastern European and Balkan traditional folk songs. (See video below.)

Proceeds will support the Community of Writers.


  • Advance tickets $30/Students $15        At the door: $35/Students $18
  • Advance Premium Tickets (first 2 rows only) $40
  • Group Tickets Available for $20. (10 Ticket Minimum.) To purchase group tickets call 530-470-8440 or contact us by email.

(Online/advance ticket sales will end at 1pm on the day of the event, November 11.)

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Directions and Parking:

CLARA (E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) is located between 24th and 25th St, from N St to O St in Midtown Sacramento. 

Parking in our parking lot is available on a first-come first-serve basis; please do not park in spaces marked “RESERVED.” If the parking lot is full, street parking is plentiful — and free on the weekends.

If you are entering The Auditorium from the street, use the door on 24th St closest to O.
If you are entering from the parking lot, head to far left side of the property as you are facing the building. 

If you need Accessible parking, enter the lot on O, and turn to your left. Accessible parking is available right next to the Auditorium. The Auditorium can be entered from the ground level.

Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch’s first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film.Her second novel, Paint It Black, hit bestseller lists across the country and has also been made into a film. She was a Community of Writers participant in Fiction in 1998, the Poetry Workshop in 2017, and returns regularly to teach during the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers.

Beth Ruyak

Beth Ruyak is the host of Capital Public Radio’s Insight.


Beaucoup Chapeaux

Beaucoup Chapeaux, a Nevada City, CA based quartet, plays music and blends of music from many countries and cultures–including their own. Maggie McKaig, accordion; Randy McKean, clarinet; Murray Campbell, violin; Luke Wilson, plectrum banjo.  More information. (Please note Murray Campbell is unable to participate that evening.) See video


Dramatic Readings by Allyson Finn

Allyson Finn is a local stage and film actress. You may have seen her in 2012 as Violet Newstead in PCT’s 9 to 5, or in various short student films from the Art Institute of Sacramento.  Allyson is thrilled to bring her Eastern European heritage to her dramatic reading debut with Janet Fitch’s The Revolution of Marina M. You can also look for Allyson as an Elf in this year’s Sacramento River Train’s Christmas production of Morgan and the Magical Christmas Train. When not stepping into other identities and worlds, she consults and coaches business clients in improvement and expansion through her home based business, Business Mastery by Finn.


Stories on Stage Casting Director, Peggi Wood

Peggi Wood is Market Manager for Direct to Consumer Channel, and VSP Global. She is also a writer, producer for community theatre and film, and the former director of social media for Celebration Arts. Resurrection Theatre produced Peggi’s short play, Demerol Dreams, in their 10×10 Original Play Festival, where she also directed two plays. She has a Masters in Public and Political Communication from CSUS, and her short fiction has been featured at the Sacramento reading series “Now Hear This” and “Stories on Stage Sacramento.”


Stories on Stage, Sacramento

Sacramento’s award-winning reading series, Stories on Stage, features short fiction by established and emerging writers from Sacramento and surrounding areas, introduced by their authors and read by actors.  More information.

Beers Books

Many thanks to Beers Books who will be on hand to sell books for the event. For over seventy years, Beers has served Sacramento and Northern California. They buy, sell, and trade books everyday, and pride themselves on fair prices and ample selection. Their stock is perpetually changing, so frequent visits may yield amazing finds. More information.

The Sacramento Library Foundation presents Authors on the Move

March 10, 2018, 5 p.m. This year’s “Authors on the Move marks the Sacramento Library Foundation’s 16th year of bringing together  more than 40 distinguished California authors and their recently published books for an evening of literature. Beth Ruyak will be Mistress of Ceremonies. The ticket includes a champagne reception, a four-course meal, unlimited wine, conversations with three regional authors at their table, a keynote presentation by Sasha Abramski, and a live auction which features opportunities to win one-time author experiences. This event raises funds to support for the Library’s Summer Reading Program and the Foundation’s operations. More information.

The Community of Writers

Proceeds will support the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, a not-for-profit organization which, for 48 years, has  been one of the premier writers conferences  in the country, assisting talented writers and poets with diverse cultural perspectives. More information.

For more information about this event,  call 530-470-8440 or contact us by email.

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