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Steven Rowley - Library Live

Library Live

Library Live is for adventurous readers who enjoy hearing from established literary figures and emerging talent. Novelists, poets, historians, journalists, biographers, memoirists and more share their ideas firsthand with our community. Participate, engage, and be challenged by our presentations with today’s most gifted scribes.


rowleyheadshotSteven Rowley

The Editor
Friday, May 14, 2021 at 6:19pm
General $10 per household // NBPLF Members receive 25% Discount 

Following his bestseller, Lily and the Octopus (2016), Steven Rowley now delivers on the soaring promise of that debut withThe Editor (2019), a stunning exploration of the complicated bonds forged within families, and a tribute to the serendipitous relationships that shape and define us.  After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990’s New York City, Rowley’s protagonist, James Smale, finally sells his novel to a major publishing house.  His editor is none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  With this fictionalized Jackie guiding Rowley’s candidly autobiographical novel, fragile relationships are tested, and dysfunction exposed.  Lily and the Octopus is in development as a feature film at Amazon Studios and The Editor has been optioned by Twentieth Century.  www.stevenrowley.com.

Rowley will be conversation with Samantha Dunn, a senior editor at the Southern California News Group, author, and a creative writing instructor at Chapman University.

*Tickets purchased in Spring 2020 for this event will be honored.


Event details and RSVP Information: 

  • Location: NBPL Foundation’s ZOOM Webinar Room 
  • Virtual doors open at 6:19pm
  • Virtual presentation followed by Q &A
  • Opportunity to buy a signed copy of the presenters’ publications is made possible by Laguna Beach Books

 Questions? Contact Director of Programs Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw kupshaw@nbplf.foundation or 949-717-3818.

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