Red Hen Press’s 20th Anniversary Champagne Luncheon
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Westin Pasadena, Fountain Ballroom
191 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
PASADENA, CA – Red Hen Press will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena on November 16th with an annual champagne luncheon. The afternoon festivities will highlight Red Hen’s vibrant tradition in the literary community with performances from local school children, a silent auction and raffle, and readings by acclaimed authors Richard Blanco, Pete Fromm, Pam Houston, and Sharon Olds.
Pam Houston’s most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, a novel, and a collection of essays. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for Contemporary Fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award, and multiple teaching awards.
Richard Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States. He has received numerous honors for his writings and performances, including an honorary doctorate from Macalester College and being named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. His books have also received the prestigious Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and PEN American Center’s Open Book Award. His third book, Looking for The Gulf Motel, received various accolades, including the Thom Gunn Award, the Maine Literary Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize.
Pete Fromm is a four-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award for his novels As Cool as I Am and How All This Started, the story collection, Dry Rain, and the memoir, Indian Creek Chronicles. The film of As Cool as I Am, starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, and Sarah Bolger will be released this spring. He is the author of four other short story collections and has published over two hundred stories in magazines. His latest work, the novel If Not For This, will be published by Red Hen Press in the fall of 2014.
Sharon Olds is the author of eight volumes of poetry. Her numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant; a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; and the Lamont Poetry Selection and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead and the Living. Named New York State Poet Laureate (1998 – 2000), Olds teaches graduate poetry workshops at New York University and the writing workshop she helped found at a state hospital for the severely disabled. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. Her most recent collection, Stag’s Leap, was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Reads of 2012 and won the T.S. Eliot Prize, and also the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
Mark Doty, Ron Carlson, Mark Jonathan Harris, David St. John, Amy Gerstler, Tom Lutz, B.H. Fairchild, Douglas Kearney, and more to be determined. Previous attendees include Virginia Madsen, Billy Collins, T.C. Boyle, Alicia Ostriker, Percival Everett, Aimee Liu, Judith Freeman, Charles Harper Webb, Helena Maria Viramontes, and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.
Red Hen Press’s 20th Anniversary Luncheon will feature a silent auction and raffle, which will be displayed in the ballroom’s foyer when guests arrive. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on and win packages and items from Caribbean resorts, Catalina Express, Total Wine, and more.
Funds raised through the Anniversary Luncheon will benefit Red Hen Press and its three flagship programs: publishing, Writing in the Schools, and literary events
Please contact us at (626) 356-4760 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request additional information.
About the Press:
Red Hen Press has published over 320 poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction titles since its inception in 1994. In addition, Red Hen founded its Writing in the Schools Program in 2003, through which authors conduct writing workshops for more than 200 underserved students each school year. The press has established three literary awards conferring $5,000 annually, and publishes The Los Angeles Review, a nationally distributed biannual literary journal. Proceeds from this event will help Red Hen Press continue its tradition of literary excellence by supporting its operations and programs, including the press’ work in local schools. Individual tickets are available for $125, and tables can be purchased starting at $1,150.