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Read the Book, Meet the Author

Ridge Writers East Sierra Branch Donna Rosenthal-

Ridge Writers will host Jeff Gottesfeld, both a successful TV soap opera writer and a visionary creator of books for young people,” on Thursday, May 4, in the party room at Pizza Factory, at 2 p.m.  His “Food for Hope” tells about the world’s first food bank. Art and text combine to show there’s no shame in being hungry – the shame lies in how long it took for someone to figure out how to feed people. It took one person with a good idea to change things.

Gottesfeld writes for readers ranging from adults to elementary-age children, for such TV shows as “Smallville,” “The Young and the Restless,” and “As the World Turns” (Associate Head Writer), numerous magazines and newspaper articles, and “No Steps Behind,” winner for the 2020 NCTA Freeman Award for the best children’s book about Asia. Also an accomplished fisherman, he played on his high school state championship Ultimate Frisbee team and grows a mean vegetable garden.

For “Read the Book, Meet the Author,” participants sign up at Red Rock Books, buy the book and read it in advance. The ticket price of $35 includes tea and scones, a copy of the book that the author will autograph, entry in a gift basket drawing, and convivial conversation with the author and group.

That same evening Ridge Writers will hold its monthly general meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Last Flores. There is no charge for this program. The public is invited.

Ridge Writers is the East Sierra Branch of the 114-year-old California Writers Club ( that traces its roots back to Jack London and friends in the Bay Area. It has 22 branches throughout the state.