Transport Literary Festival, Sept. 23-24

Topanga Authors’ Group (TAG) invites you to relax and enjoy stories of the imagination at Transport Topanga Literary Festival on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 at the Topanga Library.

The festival is free and open to the public, suitable for all ages, and includes an exciting mix of storytelling in a variety of forms—written, visual, sonic and artistic.

Presentations and readings (poetry and fiction) take place in the Zev Yaroslavsky Meeting Room, while stories for the young at heart are read aloud in the Children’s Story Corner.

Creative crafts keep visual imaginations engaged, while informal Q&As answer many questions about publishing, the craft of writing and more. An Open Mic welcomes everyone to read, while book-making demonstrations take place in the Study Room. Outside on the patio, music fills the air, while festival goers contribute a line or two to the Story Wall, authors and publishers sell their books, and converse about their experiences over delicious refreshments.

Among the confirmed presenters, panelists, authors and composers to date, are: Linda Ballou, Jacqueline Berkman, Brent Blair, Pablo Capra, Eric Dugdale, Julia Fierro, David Dayan Fisher, Lisa Desimini, Robin Lithgow, Paul Lovas, Diana Mathur, Marshall McDaniel, Gail McDonald-Tune, Deena Metzger, Lauren Polly, Lisbeth Scott, Susan Shankin, Wendy Skolfield, Duncan Thum, and Cieri Torjussen.

The full schedule will be updated as needed online at

Mysteries, Ghosts and Sightings

After the wonderful response to our request for dog interviews (see pages 14 – 19 of Issue 15, “Dog Days of Summer”) we’ve decided we’d like to solicit some extra special stories from our readers for our October 20 issue “Spooks in the Hood”. In 300 words or less tell us your experience with the unexplained.

Deadline is: October 9, 2017. Please send to:

Molly’s Bookkeeping

Managing our ongoing advertisers is a full job in and of itself; and, sometimes things go wrong.

Take our long time advertiser Molly LeMay–she has had an ad in our Business Directory from day 1. Just last issue she discovered that the phone number listed was incorrect, meaning, that even if someone had been interested in her services they got no response when they called.

Well, we printed the corrected ad this week in full color so it would stand out–and I would like to post here to give her an extra push.

We want to stand by our faithful advertisers; after all, our business model of offering a great, free community newspaper depends upon them and their happiness.

Please give Molly a call today!