Jamie Brisick to Join William Finnegan Event

This week’s California Book Club: Matt Bell, Rodrigo García, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

There are just two days until our California Book Club gathering with William Finnegan, and we hope you’ve had a thrilling time reading Barbarian Days! We are writing to announce that writer and former pro surfer Jamie Brisick will briefly join the discussion with Finnegan, host John Freeman, and you, dear reader!

Brisick has written for such publications as the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the Surfer’s Journal. His first monograph, Becoming Westerly, narrates the history of Westerly Windina, one of the world’s greatest surfers, who went on to work as a Method actor and later came out as a trans woman.

We are eager to hear Freeman and Brisick talk with Finnegan about his path to writing and his relationship with surfing today.

Here are the details of the event:

  • When: Thursday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time (please note the later start time).
  • Where: To join the event on Zoom, click here.
  • What: Your host, John Freeman, will be in conversation with William Finnegan, author of Barbarian Days. They will be joined by special guest Jamie Brisick.
  • Author questions: Please send questions for William Finnegan to info@californiabookclub.com. You can also submit them using Zoom’s chat feature after the event begins.
  • Attend to win: We will be giving away author-signed copies of Barbarian Days to five attendees, selected at random, following Thursday’s program.
  • Mark your calendars: Upcoming CBC discussions with Dana Johnson, author of Elsewhere, California, on August 19, and Rebecca Solnit, author of A Paradise Built in Hell, on September 23.

    To sign up for Alta Journal’s California Book Club for free, click here. And don’t forget to join your fellow book club members in the Alta Clubhouse for ongoing discussions about our selected book of the month.

    Thanks, and see you Thursday!

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