On Friday, April 1, award-winning Western history writer Jan Cleere will speak to the Arizona Professional Writers about her latest book, “Never Don’t Pay Attention: The Life of Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa.” The meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5524 E. Lafayette Blvd., Phoenix, Arizona.
A New York society woman, Serpa became entranced with rodeo life. She moved to Tucson, Arizona, and was the first woman allowed to get into the ring to photograph riders and their mounts, as well as the first woman endorsed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
At this special presentation for working writers, Cleere will share how she comes up with her ideas and how she researches and produces a book from start to finish. She’ll discuss the promotion and marketing of the Serpa book, and attendees will receive copies of her book proposal and chapter summary.
Cleere, author of four historical nonfiction books, writes about the people, the legends and the tales of the Old West, which she says she’s uncovered among tattered documents and tear-stained journals and diaries, as well as from accounts told by old-timers. The Nevada Women’s History Project inducted her into the Nevada Women’s Hall of Fame for “More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women,” a work which presents the stories of 14 pioneer women in the Nevada Territory. Her book “Outlaw Tales of Arizona” received a first place award in the National Federation of Press Women’s literary competition, and “Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers” was named one of the best books of 2009 by the Arizona Book Publishers Association.
Following Cleere’s presentation, APW District Director Barbara Lacy and Western nonfiction author Sharon Magee will join her for a discussion about book publishing in the nonfiction Western genre. Lacy will moderate, and the panel will take questions from the audience.
The event is free to APW members and $10 for nonmembers who pay ahead or $15 at the door. To attend, R.S.V.P. to email@example.com with a telephone number, and someone will call for credit card information. For information about how to mail a check instead or for other inquiries, call 480-620-1358. Come prepared with questions for the panel or send them ahead of time with your R.S.V.P.
Registration for the meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and pastries. Lunch follows at 12:30 p.m. at Kitchen 56, located at Indian School Road and 56th Street, Phoenix, Arizona. Those attending will order from the menu and pay separately.