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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 15B Jane Juska is a local author who will novel, "Mrs. Bennett Has Her Say," Chester, Aug. 14.,Photo Submitted be on hand to sign-her at Books & Beyond in Stacy Fisher Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com Originally from Berkeley, Chester resident and author Jane Juska, 83, will be on hand to sign, as well as read, excerpts from her well-received historical fiction novel, "Mrs. Bennett Has Her Say," at Books & Beyond, 140 Main St. in Chester, Aug. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. The nationally released work of fiction takes a character, Mrs. Bennett, straight out of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," and "re-imagines how she might have lived when she first got married at age 15," Juska says. The story follows her as a young girl in trouble in the year 1785, who must marry to hide her out-of-wedlock pregnancy, while struggling through an unhappy relationship as she raises five daughters by the time she's 22. The chapters transition back and forth between the young married girl writing letters to her - sister explaining "how retched she is in her loveless marriage," and her husband's diary entries recording his discontent over his wife's refusal to have more children. The twist is that before she married, the hasty affair she had with another man resulting in her first pregnancy became the raison d'etre for accepting marriage to a man she doesn't love, and who remains oblivious to the truth. The conflict between Mrs. Bennett, her husband and her previous lover make for an emotional roller coaster as she attempts to fred meaning and happiness in her life. When her paramour unknowingly purchases a house next door to the couple, he at first doesn't recognize her. "Without giving too much away, she must decide whether to stay in an unhappy marriage or take the risk of reinstating a dalliance that risks everything," Juska says. Despite the serious plotline, the novel also has a lot of humor, Juska insists. In fact, the Chicago Tribune calls "Mrs. Bennett Has Her Say" "a brilliant, hilarious, addictively readable reimagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"... Side-splittingly funny, irreverent, and provocative." Contemporary novelist Kelly Corrigan, author of"Glitter and Glue," says, "As we have come to expect, Jane Juska's wit and insight once again shows us our foibles and humanity while entertaining us on every page." Juska says the story she created of Mrs. Bennett's early life came from her affmity towards women's rights when she was much younger, in the early days of feminism, as well as the strong impression Jane Austen's book had on her. "I've been thinking about female characters for many years and how they are portrayed in literature," she explains, motivating her to create a character that allowed her to explore what Yffe for women would have been like in those by-gone days. Before becoming a writer, Juska had been a high school English teacher for many years, but didn't begin writing seriously until she was in her early 50s, she says. "I decided to become a writer after I attended a writing group on the UC Berkeley campus in 1981 called The Bay Area Writing Project," a consortium of teachers and writers that got together "and wrote like crazy all summer long, and we'd share and critique what we've written with one another." Fromthat experience, Juska became a committed Writer and has fallen in love with the written word, she says. Her latest novel, published by Penguin-Random House, took her nearly four years to write. In addition to her most recent work, Juska previously wrote memoirs as well as a number of articles and essays, most of them having something to do with aging, for national magazines like Vogue, Good Housekeeping, and Self magazine, and produced a paperback called "A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance." For Juska, she says writing romance and fiction is a way to order a world that follows her &ictates, when the real world doesn't always do so. "When I write, I am totally absorbed in my characters. Everything else goes away. When the writing is going well, it's a very powerful feeling. But mostly it's just a lot of fun." ~m m m m. m m m SENIOR MENU Monday, Aug. 17 | Bean and cheese tostada, Mexican succotash; | cantaloupe m n m m mm m Wednesday, Aug. 19 Hot roast beef sandwich, steamed broccoli, coleslaw, pear lime jello, whole grain bread | Thursday, Aug. 20 Pork chop, green bean saute, | mashed potatoes, Waldorf salad, whole grain bread m Tuesday, Aug. 18 | Baked fish, green salad, Friday, Aug. 21 quinoa pilaf, orange slices, Spaghetti with meat sauce, m oatmeal cookie/ice cream green salad, steamed spinach, m peaches m *Vegetarian Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal m m ***This 1,000 rng Of Sodium I Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 263-0643; Greenville, _ |284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832-4173; Blairsden | open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested |donation $230 for 60 yrs & older. Oneguest may accompany each | semor, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. Noon at all sites. a-mmmmmmmm mm l Graeagle: Free live music, 6:30 p.m. - dusk, Millpond. Presented by Graeagle Outpost. Featuring Reel Pulling Strings. Quincy: For limited time, get your cat fixed with spay/neuter certificates for $60 off spay and $30 off neuter, sponsored by Plumas Animal Welfare Society. For Plumas County residents only. Call PAWS, 283-5433 or stop by the Cathouse, 2453 East Main Street. Chester: The Common Good Community Foundation sponsors third "Plumas Talks" event with Feather River Land Trust Executive Director Paul Hardy discussing "Almanor Legacy," at the Lake Almanor Tavern. Hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar begin at 5:00 p.m. Talk be~lins at 5:30, and a no-host dinner at the Tavern is available at 6:00. Call 258-2100 for dinner reservations. Wed-Sun Quincy: 2015 Plumas-Sierra County Fair at the fairgrounds in Quincy. For information, visit the PSCF website at plumas-sierracountyfair.net, or call 283-6272. lhu-Sun Quincy: "The King and I," West End Theatre, 14 Crescent St.; 7 p.m. Aug. 13 - 15, 2 p.m. matinee, Aug. 16. Shows continue Aug. 20 - 23, same times. Tickets at Dramaworks box office, Carey Candy and Westendtheatre.us. $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors, 65+, Chester: Taco night, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 per person. Graeagle: Graeagle Fridays. Each Friday Night, from now until Sept., participating Graeagle Merchants are staying open until 7 p.m. Come shop and dine in downtown Graeagle. Greenhorn: Friday night barbecue, 5 - 8:30 p.m., Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. All-you-can-eat ribs and chicken, bonfire sing-along with s'mores, wagon rides, horseshoe tournament, horseback rides, swimmmg. Salmon, veggie kabobs available with advance notice. Runs weekly through September. For information: 2L3-0930. Greenville: Greenville High School class of 65, 50-year reunion. For information call Amber Davies, 775-304-7254, or email frankamberl @gmail.com. Canyon area: Historical donkey walk. Plumas County Museum hosts day-long guided outing along Jamison Canyon emigrant trail and wagon road including donkeys to pack lunches. $50 museum members, $75 nonmembers; proceeds support museum. Limited to 15 participants. To register (required) contact museum, 283,6320. Portola: Concert in the Park, City Park, 441 S. Gulling St. across from City Hall. Beverages and food available for purchase 5 p.m., music featuring Mexican Nortefio by Diamante..NorteSo starts Blairsden: 7 p.m. Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Chamber Parking lot sale at the Mohawk Community of Commerce, City of Portola. Free. For Resource Center, 8989 Highwat 89. 8 a.m.-3 information: Audrey Ellis at Eastern Plumas p.m. Enjoy browsing and shopping for crafts, Chamber of Commerce, 836-6811, antiques, coltectibles, second-hand and new epcc@psln,com, items. A few spaces are still available ~nd range in price from ,$35-$60. For information: Quincyi 836-0446. Tailgate Food Giveaway. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, St. John's Catholic Church, 176 Lawrence St. Open to any low-income Plumas County residents in need of food. Contact . 712-2600, option 3, or Northstate food bank.corn for more information. Ed Meyer, former Quincy resident, will hold an economic roundtable on rural economics at Plumas County Library, 9 a.m.-no0n. For information, contact Lori Simpson: 283-0317. Live music by Back 40, Eastside Public House, 1760 East Main St. Call 283-9805 for information and times. Quincy: Art/craft show, Ranchito Motel. Free. For information: Tracy, 283-2265. Belden: For the Funk of It, Belden Town. Music festival includes camping. Chester: Multi-family yard and bake sale. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 161 Aspen St., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Chester High School music program. Greenville: Annual fundraiser for Mountain Circle Family Services, the Running with the Bears race starts at 6:30 a.m. All races begin and end at the Goss Ranch: 4864 North Arm Road, Greenville. Indian Valley: The Maidu of Indian and Genesee Valleys. Sierra Institute for Community and Environment tour led by Lorena Gorbet, includes stop at Heart K Ranch Includes handouts, tour host, transportation, morning refreshments, snacks, beverages, lunch. $50 per person. For information, reservations: Camille Swezy, 284-1022, nfo@Sierralnstitute.us. Johnsville: Two-hour hike starting from Eureka Lake Trail Head, 10 a.m. Dink/Dave Rife led hike to the original gold discovery site on Eureka Mountain. Moderate difficulty with 400-foot elevation gain. Bring sturdy shoes, water and sunscreen. Quincy: Cattlemen's Day BBQ at the Fair, 5 p.m. and Extreme Bulls and Broncs, 7 p.m. at the Equestrian Arena at the fairgrounds. Tickets for Extreme Bulls and Broncs, $15; $30 per person includes tri-tip meal and VIP seating at Bulls and Broncs. Ranch Rodeo at 8 a.m. is free. Tickets available at Plumas Bank in Quincy and Portola or contact Brenda Roccucci, 283-7345 ex. 7102. Ed Meyer, author of "Canyon Covenants," book signing at Epilogue Books in downtown Quincy, 12:30-2:30 p.m., after the fair p~rade. For information: 283-2665. Graeagle: Free movie under the stars, just before dark, Indian Peak Vineyard playground behind the park. The Outpost presents "Mrs. Doubtfire." Free popcorn, chairs provided, bring blanket. Weather permitting; subject to change. Quincy.' California Native Plant Gathering. Field Trips, plant ID, and more. Bring your knowledge and ideas to share. 6:00 PM, Quincy Public Library 445 Jackson Street. Contact David Popp for information: 283-1350. Graeagle: Free live music, 6:30 p.m. - dusk, Millpond. Presented by Graeagle Outpost. Featuring Stephen Aldrich. Quincy: "The King and I", West End Theatre, 14 Crescent St.; 7 p.m., Aug. 20 - 22, 2 p.m. matinee, Aug. 23. Tickets on sale at Dramaworks box office, Carey Candy and Westendtheatre.us. $18 general admission, Sl 5 students and seniors, 65+. Lake Almanor: Women's luncheon, 11 a.m., Lake Almanor Community Church. Featuring guest speaker Kim Allen, co-pastor of Christian Life Fellowship in Quincy. For information: church office, 596-3683. Greenhorn: Friday night barbecue, 5-8:30 p.m., Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. All-you-can-eat ribs and chicken, bonfire sing-along with s'mores, wagon rides, horseshoe tournament, horseback rides, swimming. Salmon,'veggie kabobs available with advance notice. Runs weekly through September. For information: 283-0930. Graeagle: Graeagle Fridays. Each Friday Night, from now until Sept., participating Graeagle Merchants are staying open until 7 p.m. Come shop and dine in downtown Graeagle. Portola: Concert in the Park, City park, 441 S. Gulling St. across from City Hall. Beverages and food available for purchase 5 p.m., music featuring Jazz, funk, R&B by Stratus starts 7 p.m. Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, city of Portola. Free. For information: Audrey Ellis at Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, 836-6811, epcc@psln.com. ) 1,