News Release – March 1, 2011
Mendocino College, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact: John Koetzner, Head Librarian
T: 707-468-3051, Fax: 707-468-3056, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT: Jody Gehrman reading from her new novel, Babe in Boyland
WHO: Mendocino College English Instructor Jody Gehrman
WHEN: March 10, 2011 at 7:00 P.M.
WHERE: Room 5310, Mendocino College, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA
LOCAL WRITING INSTRUCTOR JODY GEHRMAN READS
FROM HER LATEST NOVEL IN UKIAH
UKIAH, CA - The Mendocino College Friends of the Library will host a reading of Jody Gehrman's latest novel, Babe in Boyland, on March 10 at 7:00 P.M. in Room 5310, Mendocino College, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA.
Ms. Gehrman landed a three-book deal in 2004 that led to publication of Summer in the Land of Skin, Tart, and Notes from the Backseat. Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, which was released in 2008, was her first young adult novel. She followed that with Triple Shot Bettys in Love which was a sequel. Her latest work is once again a venture into young adult literature and her finely tuned ear for dialogue makes her a joy to hear in a reading.
Her previous forays into young adult literature gave nods to Shakespeare and Cyrano de Bergerac. Once again, Gehrman borrows a tactic from Shakespeare when she has her protagonist, Natalie, dress as a boy. Natalie is Dr. Aphrodite, the love guru for her high school paper. But Natalie's relationship advice is totally bombing, especially when it comes to knowing what guys really think and want. Her solution? Disguising herself as a guy, Natalie spends a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boys boarding school in town. There "Nat" learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected—especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio.
Regarding the book, Publishers Weekly says: “Although the ease with which Natalie infiltrates Underwood Academy and misses a week of class requires significant suspension of disbelief, Natalie's exuberance and humor carry the story. Unlike her protagonist, Gehrman has no trouble getting inside the heads of boys--or inside the environment of a boys' school.”
Besides the new book, Gehrman also has another project, The Ticking Clock. It started as a grassroots project in Ukiah several years ago, and will be produced at the Sixth Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa this month. Jody Gehrman received a grant from Mendocino College in 2009 to explore the choices women make during their childbearing years. Gehrman joined forces with project co-coordinator and director Rose Bell to assemble a team of local women from a range of backgrounds. This team then interviewed fifty women and surveyed over a hundred. Gehrman wrote The Ticking Clock inspired by those stories. The script is a series of monologues and scenes exploring the impact each character's biological clock has had on her life. The Santa Rosa production is directed by Linda Loveland Reid and will run March 18th--April 3rd in celebration of Women's History Month.
Jody Gehrman is a native of Healdsburg, California. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 1994, she traveled, freelanced, and had a number of her plays produced before going to graduate school. She received a Master's Degree in English at Western Washington University and a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. She now teaches writing at Mendocino College. Mendocino Book Company will be on hand with copies of her book and Gehrman will be signing copies of her novel following the reading.
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Created: March 11, 2011 @ 04:09 PM
Last Modified: March 11, 2011 @ 04:11 PM