On Friday, July 26, you’re invited to a Russian-themed gala featuring Janet Fitch, celebrating the launch of her new novel, “Chimes of a Lost Cathedral.”

We’re thrilled to join with the Community of Writers for this very special event.

Presenting New York Times bestselling author of  White OleanderThe Revolution of Marina M. and now, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral Janet Fitch

in conversation with Beth Ruyak of Cap Radio’s “Insight”
with selections from the novel read by Carissa Meagher

Friday, July 26, 2019 at the auditorium at CLARA

1425 24th Street,  7PM  – 9PM

Advance Tickets: 
$30 / $15 Student / $40 premium seating
Adult ticket price includes souvenir shot glass
Purchase Tickets Here

 Join us as we celebrate the release of the second volume of Janet Fitch’s sweeping saga of a young woman’s coming of age during the Russian Revolution. Proceeds from the event will benefit both the Community of Writers and Stories on Stage Sacramento.

Your ticket price includes the conversation with the author, dramatic readings, Russian-themed food, iced vodka in a commemorative shot glass, and musical entertainment by the acoustic band Beaucoup Chapeaux performing Eastern European and Balkan traditional folk songs.

Book Sales & Signing

This event is bought to you by the Community of Writers, the oldest writer’s workshop in the West, and Stories on Stage Sacramento


about Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch, author and teacher,  is the author of the #1 national bestseller White Oleander, a novel translated into 24 languages, an Oprah Book Club book and the basis of a feature film:  Paint It Black, also widely translated and made into a 2017 film, and an epic novel of the Russian Revolution in two volumes, The Revolution of Marina M. and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral

Additionally, she has written a young adult novel, Kicks, short stories, essays, articles, and reviews, contributed to anthologies and regularly teaches at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She taught creative writing for 14 years in the USC Master of Professional Writing program, as well as VCFA’s Writing and Publishing program, A Room of Her Own (AROHO), the UCLA Writer’s Program, and Pomona College. She lectures frequently on fiction writing. 

Fitch was a 2009 Likhachev Cultural Fellow to St. Petersburg, Russia, a Helen R. Whiteley Fellow, a Research Fellow at the Huntington Library and a Moseley Fellow at Pomona College. Fitch graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 1978 with a BA in History.

She lives in Los Angeles.

about Beth Ruyak 

When Beth Ruyak landed her first job as a reporter more than thirty years ago, she knew she had found a career.  What she couldn’t have imagined, is the people she would meet, miles she would travel and how curious the journey would be. She’s worked in newsrooms in Minnesota to California, covering news, sports, science, health, arts and entertainment. She’s been a reporter, anchor, producer, and writer,  hosted daytime television, magazine shows, special events and live coverage.  Among the highlights of her career: sideline reporting from 5 Olympic Games and Super Bowl XXV, traversing Europe for 3 Tour de France bicycle races (becoming the first woman television journalist to cover the event), co-hosting “The Home Show,” and guest co-hosting “Good Morning America.” Her news, sports and health reporting have earned Emmy awards and opportunities to interview, learn from and tell stories about people all over the world.

As host of “Insight” Beth delights in the opportunity to communicate and converse in the region she calls home.  People ask her about the differences between television and radio broadcasting; she says she tries to fill in the visuals with language, sounds, voice and imagination.  To Beth, being part of the Capital Public Radio team is a privilege, an adventure and a great reason to go to work everyday.  Of course, so is the dance, as she calls it, with the guests and audience on “Insight.”

about Carissa Meagher


Carissa Meagher has appeared in Antigone (Big Idea Theatre); Brilliant Traces (Ovation Stage); An Octoroon and Anna Karenina (Capital Stage) and Steel Magnolias (Sacramento Theatre Company.) She’s also appeared in The Little Prince and Henry IV  at The Theater at Monmouth in Maine. She earned her BFA in acting from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and an MFA In Playwriting from Ireland’s Lir Academy


About Stories on Stage Sacramento

For ten years, Stories on Stage Sacramento has brought you the best in literature, read by actors, and this year we’re celebrating this big milestone by returning to our full, ten-event season.

We’re proud of our record, as an all-volunteer, donation-based organization, of bringing the best in literary fiction, read by actors, to a growing Sacramento audience. Our six 2017 events featured work by Steve Almond, Deborah Willis, Josh Barkan, Vanessa Hua, Joshua Mohr, the Los Rios Writers, and Josh Weil, as well as several of Sacramento’s notable emerging writers.

Our 2018 season featured the writers Anne Raeff, Mira T. Lee, Elizabeth Tallent, Bob Sylva, Kirstin Chen, Tommy Orange, Vanessa Hua, Melissa Yancy and Dana Johnson. The dates for our 2018 season are: February 23, April 27, June 29, August 24, and October 26. In addition, our annual showcase featuring the Los Rios Writers will take place on Friday, September 28.

in 2019, we welcome Tom Barbash, Karen E Bender (a National Book Award finalist) Sharma Shields,  Janet Fitch,  Maggie Shen King and exciting new writers Sarah Stone, Devi Lasker,  Fred D’Aguiar, Simeon Mills,  Christine O’Brien., and Jen Alandy Trahan. And we’ll welcome back the Los Rios Writers. Plus outstanding work by local writers. 

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