Authors Murray and Holland to read at Infusions Teahouse tonight
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In the midst of the holiday season, shoppers can stop in for tea, refreshments and stories at Infusions Teahouse in Sebastopol today, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Local authors spotlighted will be Margaret C. Murray and Laura McHale Holland. Infusions is located at 6988 McKinley St., next to Whole Foods.

Murray will be reading excerpts from “Dreamers,” a coming of age love story of the ’60s and “Sundagger.net,” a story of one family, two worlds and many lifetimes. Dreamers unfolds during the height of the Civil Rights showdown in the United States. Street-savvy Thomas, desperate for stardom, meets music student, Annie, desperate for love. They’re both in the wrong place at the wrong time. But they're dreamers. And how long do dreams prevail? Sundagger.net is set in Silicon Valley and the Southwest of the ancient Anasazi.

Holland will be reading from “The Ice Cream Vendor's Song,” a collection of flash fiction stories that tilt the everyday and spin characters in unexpected directions. This selection of very short stories takes readers from a purchase that overwhelms a woman's life, to a box that brings a tired clerk a magical gift, to a spurned woman hiding in her ex-husband's closet, and beyond.

Murray was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and began Dreamers in the ‘60s when she attended the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Her experiences as a long time tech writer and teacher inspired Sundagger.net, her first novel. She is the owner of WriteWords Press.

Holland's childhood memoir, “Reversible Skirt,” won a silver medal in the 2011 Readers Favorite book awards. Her short stories and articles have appeared in such publications as “Every Day Fiction Three, Wisdom Has a Voice” anthologies, NorthBay biz magazine, the Noe Valley Voice and the original San Francisco Examiner. “The Ice Cream Vendor's Song” is her first flash fiction collection.

For further information about this event, contact Infusions Teahouse at 829-1181.

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