Molly Giles event
Event date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 7:00pm
Featured Book: 
Life Span



Multi prize-winning author Molly Giles celebrates her first work of non-fiction with Jane Ciabattari in Santa Rosa.

Discussion followed by a Q&A and book signing.

**Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Life Span: Impressions of a Lifetime Spent Crossing and Recrossing the Golden Gate Bridge, a memoir in flash form, is the first book of nonfiction from award-winning fiction author Molly Giles, and a rare pleasure for her admirers—old and new. Giles distills her experiences of crossing the Golden Gate Bridge since that first sunny day in 1945 when she rode from San Francisco to Sausalito in a moving van with her father who had just returned home from fighting in World War II.

Readers travel with her, as every transit yields an insight, an expectation, a regret, or a challenge in the life of a woman whose steadfast love of writing fuels her way. In this story of a woman with brains and desires, Giles details her journey as a writer, narrating the complexities of ambition, hope, betrayal, love, and wild joys. Smart, buoyant, and funny, not least at her own expense, Life Span is for everyone who loves good writing and cares about the perseverance of a woman who dares follow her heart’s ambition.

“Molly Giles‘s memoir Life Span is a must-read for fans of her fiction, and will no doubt garner her many new readers. Often shockingly truthful and characteristically wry, Giles provides connected vignettes of her relationships with her parents, lovers, husbands, children, and grandchildren, a life span of reflections on her desire for and disappointments in many forms of love. But one abiding love sustains her and drives her forward—her writing. And it is her intuitions about storytelling that enable her to weave together recognition of what is indeed true and deeply felt.”

—Amy Tan

Author: Molly Giles has published five award-winning story collections: Rough Translations, Creek Walk, Bothered, All the Wrong Places, and Wife with Knife; and two novels: Iron Shoes and The Home for Unwed Husbands. She taught Creative Writing for many years at both San Francisco State University and the University of Arkansas. She was born in San Francisco and lives in Woodacre. Find her online at and Facebook @mollygiles.

Jane Ciabattari is author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire. She is a former National Book Critics Circle president and currently serves as co-vice president/events. She writes a bimonthly column for Lit Hub, is a regular contributor to BBC Culture, and has published cultural criticism in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.

Event Location: 
Copperfield's Books - Montgomery Village
775 Village Court
Santa Rosa, Ca


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