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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Facts About Fiction

with Joanna Barnes
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Book cover: Pastora, by Joanna Barnes Book cover: Silverwood, by Joanna Barnes Joanna Barnes could discuss any number of fascinating subjects from her multifaceted life experiences as an actress, television personality, syndicated newspaper columnist and writer. In her April 11 Gualala Arts lecture in the Coleman Auditorium she has chosen to talk about writing fiction.

Between 1970 and 1985 she authored several novels including Silverwood, Pastora, and The Deceivers. Writing novels flowed naturally from her other endeavors. She regularly wrote book reviews for the Los Angeles Times and her syndicated column Touching Home was carried by the Chicago Tribune and the New York News syndicates.

Born in Boston, Barnes graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College. While at Smith she was fortunate enough to study with noted literary figures Alfred Kazin and W. H. Auden as well as critic Robert Gorham Davis. Soon after leaving school Barnes moved to Los Angeles.

Joanna Barnes She became an actress first under contract to Columbia Pictures and later worked at other studios. She was "Gloria Upson" in the 1958 Warner Brothers film Auntie Mame, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for "New Star of the Year." She is also well known for her roles in Universal's Spartacus and Disney's The Parent Trap. She even played "Jane" in Tarzan, The Ape Man.

In addition to her film roles, Barnes worked in television on 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, Have Gun Will Travel and The Beverly Hillbillies among other shows. She was also a frequent panelist on What's My Line? Now retired, she resides on The Sea Ranch. More information about her colorful life is available on Wikipedia.

This talk promises to be most informative not only for aspiring novelists but for anyone interested in a good story. Barnes will be available for questions after the formal presentation concludes.

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