Published : Monday, January 30, 2017 | 5:47 PM
On Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m., please join local fiction writers J.J. Gesher and Rachel Harper in conversation with Prospect Park Books publisher Colleen Dunn Bates at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse. J.J. Gesher is the pen name for co-authors Joyce Gittlin and Janet B. Fattal, who wrote A Narrow Bridge. Rachel Harper’s book is This Side of Providence. Their stories share a common theme of family tragedy, but ultimately are narratives of hope and redemption. All three authors are also screenwriters, and Fattal and Harper teach writing at the college level. Both titles are published by Prospect Park Books in Altadena, CA, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary.
A Narrow Bridge follows Orthodox Jewish Brooklynite Jacob Fischer after he experiences an unspeakable catastrophic event. His faith shattered, he flees. He lands in a predominantly black town in rural Alabama, where he meets Rosie, a single mother. Their encounters precipitate events that change both their lives and take the reader on a journey of salvation.
Together, Joyce Gittlin and Janet B. Fattal have won several screenwriting awards, including the Geller Prize and an award at the Austin Film Festival. Their first collaboration was produced as a Lifetime Television feature. Gittlin has an MFA from NYU. She has written extensively for TV as well as ten feature films for Disney. Fattal has an MA from UCLA and is an editor. Both authors live in Los Angeles.
In This Side of Providence, Arcelia Perez flees a failed marriage and a history of abuse. With three young children, she follows a path that leads to prison and an agonizing drug withdrawal. But her real challenge comes when she’s released and must reunite the family that has unraveled in her absence.
Rachel Harper is a Los Angeles screenwriter and novelist. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and was profiled by The Root for their 2011 city series on Los Angeles’ black literary giants. She graduated from Brown University and the USC and is on the faculty at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program.
For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Take the Angeles Crest exit off the 210, turn south, make a right onto Foothill Blvd., and turn left onto Chevy Chase. Parking is in the rear of the store.