SHOP LOCAL: Discounted Advertising for December 1 & 15

The old Topanga Messenger used to have canyon-wide distribution for its last issue of the year–a holiday gift to all residents and businesses in the canyon.

The new Messenger Mountain News is that gift all year ’round. We now estimate our circulation numbers to be near 12,000 and growing.

Our special holiday issues, December 1 and December 15 will sport the theme of Shop Local and attempt to feature all the businesses in the canyon. We invite all businesses to take advantage of our discounts available just for these two issues and get your very own canyon-wide coverage!

Check out these bargain prices and then sign up by emailing

A Messenger Sponsored Podcast – “The Chat with Claire Fordham”

Journalist and broadcaster Claire Fordham introduces her latest creative project, a podcast: “The Chat with Claire Fordham.”

Interesting people. Regular contributor to the Messenger Mountain News, Claire Fordham loves writing and reading about them, but hearing them speak with their own unique voices is an even better way to understand their stories and what makes them tick.

Considering her extensive experience as a freelance journalist—she worked for the BBC, ITN and Sky News in the UK and wrote a weekly anecdotal column for Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper, The Sun and currently writes regularly for Huffington Post, The Malibu Times and us, she is an author as well.

In “The Chat with Claire Fordham,” that launched October 9, she shares extended interviews with people she wrote about in the Messenger— the “Good Witch” Coco Blignaut, musical warrior Tony Selvage, creative visionary Kathy Eldon and death midwife Olivia Bareham.

She asks readers to put on their headphones, click on the link and give “The Chat” a listen. “If you like it, share it.”

This post is an excerpt of an article on Fordham’s new podcast; for the full article go to Issue 20, October 22, 2017, page 25

Take a listen of The Chat here on our Podcasts page. You can also listen on Fordham’s website:

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