Fifth “Evening with an Author” at the Susi Q delights a rapt crowd

Photos by Jeff Rovner

Susi Q’s fifth “Evening with an Author,” featuring prolific novelist Michelle Huneven, proved a rousing success. In conversation with Huneven, moderator and Stu News Arts Columnist Marrie Stone teased out some of the darker themes of the author’s latest novel, Search. While the book has its light-hearted side, it’s also a subtle commentary on a wide range of issues, from the body politic to the state of religion in our country today.

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Author Michelle Huneven with moderator and arts columnist Marrie Stone in conversation

Described as a sharp and witty novel of a congregational search committee, told as a memoir with recipes, Search is popular with the book-club set.

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The Susi Q audience is rapt

“Michelle is funny, she’s a little irreverent, and her writings about food make people salivate. Even readers who come from an utterly secular background (as I do) will relate to these characters and enjoy Michelle’s humor,” Stone said.

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Fan Pamela Knudsen gets her book signed by Huneven

That was certainly true of the rapt audience, who enjoyed wine, light appetizers and mingling before the doors opened. They were happy to get their books signed by Huneven.

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(L-R) Susi Q former President Chris Quilter, moderator Marrie Stone, author Michelle Huneven and President of Third Street Writers Amy Dechary

“I’m thrilled with the success of our ‘Evenings with an Author’ these past two years,” said Nadia Babayi, executive director of the Susi Q/Laguna Beach Seniors. “Michelle had many great insights to share. We are so grateful to Marrie for her facilitation of the event. Her questions were perfect. I’m looking forward to our next event with Jonathan Lethem on Monday, Oct. 7.”

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Michelle Huneven answers questions from an engaged audience

For more information about the programs at the Susi Q, visit www.thesusiq.org.


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