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Julia Fierro’s New Novel, Santa Monica, and New Pen Name, Shared With Caeli Wolfson Widger

Lifted from Julia’s newsletter:

  • My new novel, SANTA MONICA, goes on sale on October 6th! 
     Santa Monica is a collaboration with my literary BFF, Caeli Wolfson Widger, under our shared pen name, Cassidy Lucas. When movie-star-handsome fitness coach Zack Doheny is found dead on the floor of his gym, it quickly becomes clear that things in the coastal paradise are not as glittering as they seem.  As the sun-kissed, wealthy residents of Santa Monica begin to crack under the stress of their dark secrets, one question hangs above it all: what really happened to Zack Doheny? 
    Reviewers say Santa Monica is “perfect for fans of Big Little Lies,” “propulsively readable,” and “a perfect escape, and four out of six reviewers (including my mom) call the novel “juicy.”

    Read an excerpt here.

    Pre-sales are immensely helpful to a book’s life.  All three of usme, Caeli, and even Cassidywill be very grateful if you pre-order a copy.

    Option 1:
    Pre-order a copy by clicking one of the links below (or order at any store online):
    Option 2: 
    Pre-order at your local independent bookstorean extra bonus because the book will then be stocked on their shelves, and independent bookstores really need extra support right now.

    Option 3:
    Signed & personalized copies can be pre-ordered at my local indie, Diesel, and you can request to have your book dedicated to a special book-loving someone.

    October 6th 6:30pm PST
    hosted by DIESEL
    The event is free on Crowdcast and you’ll get to hear about how fun, crazy, illuminating, exhausting, and ultimately, amazing, it is to write and publish a novel with your best friend.

    Sending you healthy vibes & oodles of gratitude,
    Julia (1/2 of Cassidy Lucas)

    Santa Monica-glam photo by Rubidium WuIf
    If you have read Santa Monica and have something nice to say about, it would be fantastic if you could leave a review on GoodReads or Amazon.

     “Part riveting mystery, part incisive domestic drama, Santa Monica is a sharp look at the lives of the pretending-to-be-perfect in gorgeous seaside California, expertly walking the line between satire, suspense and biting social commentary.”
    –Kimberly McCreight, NYT-bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and A Good Marriage

    “While delivering a propulsively readable escapist tale, Lucas vividly, humorously, and poignantly captures the stark contrasts between the haves, the have-nots, and those teetering on the edge; between faith in a higher power and the secular religion of fitness; between the selfish and the unselfish; and between those awash in vanities and those living in constant fear.” —Booklist

    “A vibrant cast faces a broad range of California problems—marriage and money troubles, poor body image for the haves, deportation for the have nots.”
    –Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay

    “Oh, how this smart, juicy thriller—Cassidy Lucas’ salacious Santa Monica—sucked me in. A perfect escape.”
    –Marcy Dermansky, author of Very Nice

    A  deft page turner and a topical mystery that’s fully three dimensional in every way, Santa Monica is a juicy yet profound thriller that seamlessly glides between the sun-kissed beaches and the long shadows of Southern California”.
    –Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women

    Santa Monica is a deep dive into the extremes of human desire and a page-turning exploration of class, love, friendship, and marriage.”
    –Elizabeth L. Silver, author of The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

    Santa Monica is one juicy read! Cassidy Lucas brings a rarified beach town to life with verve and tenderness, and she isn’t afraid to show its dark side. Compelling, sassy, and warmhearted, this book is a thrill.”
    –Edan Lepucki, author of NYT-bestselling California

    “Lucas (the pen name of Julia Fierro and Caeli Wolfson Widger) succeeds in satirizing the gilded enclave of Santa Monica while also tugging at readers’ heartstrings.”
    Publisher’s Weekly

    BOOK CLUBS! Click here to set up a visit.  
    Listen to an excerpt of the AUDIOBOOK narrated by award-winning actress Alma Cuervo
    Preorder the audiobook here
    Follow Cassidy Lucas on social media for giveaways & upcoming events
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    Julia & Caeli, Winter 2003, Brooklyn || photo by Kris Widger

    – Caeli and I met in 2003 in my Brooklyn brownstone kitchen when she answered an ad I placed on Craigslist for writing workshops, making her one of the very first Sackett Street writers (today there are more than 8,000)
    – In 2014, my family moved from Brooklyn to Santa Monica, in part to be near Caeli and her family
    – In 2017, in a yellow cab somewhere in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, during the book tour for my novel The Gypsy Moth Summer, Caeli said, “Wouldn’t it be fun to write a thriller together?” I said, “Sure!”
    – It was fun… and crazy and comforting and exhausting and incredibly illuminating, and, ultimately, the greatest lesson in writing I’ve ever experienced, even after twenty years of teaching novel-writing
    – Our agents and editor (and even our husbands) cannot tell which chapter was written by which half of Cassidy Lucas so complete was our mindmeld. 
    – Santa Monica was the last book my mom read. I read excerpts to her by her bedside in the last weeks of her life (she passed in June), and she agrees. “It is juicy! Very sexy!” Which is the best blurb any of my books have received. 
    – Caeli means heaven in Latin and is pronounced chay-lee

    Copyright © 2020 Julia Fierro, All rights reserved.

Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop Events, 6/6–6/7, 6/26

This comes straight from the newsletter. Glad SSWW is back!

Join SSWW founder & director Julia Fierro (and many Sackett writers!) at the launch party for her new novel The Gypsy Moth Summer at powerHouse Arena bookstore in Dumbo.

June 6th 7pm
powerHouse Arena
28 Adams Street, Brooklyn

FREE, open to the public, and ’90s-themed drinks & treats will be served.
RSVP via the
Facebook Event Page.

Read more about The Gypsy Moth Summer here.

The Sackett Street Literary Series is back with a special event at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe featuring novelists: Hannah Tinti (One Story founder and author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley),Rakesh Satyal (author of No One Can Pronounce My Name), Julia Fierro (SSWW founder and author of The Gypsy Moth Summer), andNatalka Burian (Sackett Street alum, founder of The Freya Project, and author of Welcome to the Slipstream).

This conversation will be moderated by Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop alum Chiwoniso Kaitano.

June 7th 7pm
Housingworks Bookstore & Cafe
126 Crosby Street, NYC

FREE, open to the public, and drinks will be served. RSVP via theFacebook Event Page.

The Sackett Street Literary Series is thrilled to have a new home… Books Are Magic, the new indie bookstore in Cobble Hill opened by former SSWW instructor Emma Straub and Michael Fusco, and located only a few blocks from where Sackett Street began 15 years ago!

Join us to celebrate four outstanding writers at Books Are Magic: alums Kathleen Flynn and Adalena Kavanaugh; instructor Sarah Gerard, and special guest Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.

June 26th 7pm
Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street, Brooklyn

FREE, open to the public, and drinks will be served.
RSVP via the Facebook Event Page.

Next Sackett Street Event, 12/5 at BookCourt



From BookCourt:

Sackett Street Literary Series, 7 pm

Sackett Street Writers Workshop

Khaliah Williams
Daniel Castro
Diane Cook
Arianna Ribolini

On the Docket:
Drinks Served

Please join Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop for our December Literary Series with fiction instructors Khaliah Williams, Daniel Castro, Diane Cook and featured student Arianna Rebolini!
Author Bio(s):

DANIEL CASTRO’S work has appeared in Tampa Review, Gambit Weekly, Miami Herald, and Salon. He is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has received awards from the Cintas Foundation, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, and fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the MacDowell Colony.

DIANE COOK is the author of the story collection Man V. Nature, and was formerly a producer for the radio show, This American Life. Man V. Nature was a finalist for the Believer Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, received Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway award, and was recently longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and elsewhere and anthologized in Best American Short Stories.

ARIANNA REBOLINI is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn with her partner and two perfect rescue cats. Her focus is primarily on books, mental health, and women’s issues, and her work can be seen at The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Hairpin, Atlas Obscura, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Public Relations, will be out May 2017.

KHALIAH WILLIAMS is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has been published in Hawaii Women’s Journal, Frontier Psychiatrist, and Day One, and her non-fiction at Buzzfeed, American Short Fiction and Book Country. She is a current fellow at the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction and an Instructor and Advisory Board member of Writers in Baltimore School. Originally from Philadelphia, she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is at work on a novel and collection of short stories.

Next Sackett Street Event: 10/24 at BookCourt


Nonfiction Night Features:
Garrard Conley (BOY ERASED: A MEMOIR)
Elizabeth Isadora Gold (THE MOMMY GROUP)
Heloise Chung (Lenny Letter)
Christina Wallace (Forbes.com, Elle)
Join us for a reading of the most recent work of the newest Sackett Street instructor Garrard Conley and talented alums!
Wine will be served. Event is free and open to the public—bring your literary-loving friends!

Next Sackett Street Event: 9/11 at BookCourt


Sackett Street Writers Workshop

Anna Solomon
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Flynn Berry
Taylor Larsen
Kim Brooks
Moderated by: Julia Fierro

On the Docket:
Audience Q&A
Book Signing
Panel Discussion

Author Bio(s): 
Anna Solomon is the author of Leaving Lucy Pear and The Little Bride and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, One Story, Ploughshares, Slate, The Boston Globe, and MORE, and she is co-editor with Eleanor Henderson of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers. Previously, Anna worked as an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio’s Living On Earth. Anna holds degrees from Brown University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun(Norton/Liveright, July 2016), which received a starred Kirkus Review and was picked as one of the best books to read this summer and beyond by New York Times, NPR, BBC, BuzzFeed,Book Riot, Bookish, Miami Herald, Elle, O Magazine, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Flavorwire, After Ellen,BookPage, Cosmopolitan, Brooklyn Magazine, among others.New York Times book reviewer, Jennifer Senior describes Here Comes the Sun as a “lithe, artfully-plotted debut.” Dennis-Benn has also been recently nominated for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Nicole’s work has appeared in The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, Electric Literature, Lenny Letter, Catapult, Red Rock Review, Kweli Literary Journal,Mosaic, Ebony, and the Feminist Wire. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Lambda, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Hurston/Wright, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.

Flynn Berry is a graduate of the Michener Center, Brown University, has been awarded a Yaddo residency, and is an alum of Sackett Street Writers. Under the Harrow is her first novel and will be published in Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and the UK. NPR’s Maureen Corrigan wrote a rave review of the novel for the Washington Post, “Enough with comparisons: Under the Harrow is such a superbly crafted psychological thriller, it deserves to be celebrated for its own singular excellence.” Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs, said of the book, “Once I started reading Under the Harrow, I couldn’t stop. It’s like Broadchurch written by Elena Ferrante. I’ve been telling all my friends to read it—the highest compliment. Flynn Berry is a deeply interesting writer.”

Taylor Larsen is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in fiction writing.  Taylor has taught fiction writing at Columbia University and the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, as well as literature courses for Pace University.  Taylor is an author at Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster for her novel, Stranger, Father, Beloved, which released in July of 2016. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Taylor currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband. “A mesmerizing, unsparing exploration of one man’s descent, told in subtle, precise language that is reminiscent at times of Raymond Carver, Haruki Murakami, and Carson McCullers, but entirely Larsen’s own creation; a wonderful debut.”–Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Kim Brooks’ first novel, The Houseguest, is now available from Counterpoint Press. Her memoir, Small Animals: A Memoir of Parenthood and Fear, will be published in 2017 by Flatiron Books/ Macmillan. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, Five Chapters and other journals and her essays have appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, and Buzzfeed. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children and teaches online workshops for Sackett Street Writers.

Julia Fierro is the author of the novel Cutting Teeth, published in 2014 and called “a comically energetic debut” by The New Yorker. Her next novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, will be published in June 2017. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop in 2002, now a creative home to over 3,000 writers and named “New York City’s best writing class” by Time Out NY, L Magazine, and Brooklyn Magazine; and a “Top Alternative to MFA programs” by Poets & Writers. Workshops are offered throughout NYC and online. Her work has been published inPoets & Writers, Glamour, Psychology Today, and other publications, and she has been profiled in the L Magazine,Brooklyn Magazine, The Observer and The Economist. She lives in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.




Next Sackett Street Event: The Realities of Publishing, 6/27


This is happening 7pm at BookCourt, Monday June 27.

Jennifer Baker (Moderator)
Todd Hunter
Ebony LaDelle
Diana Pho
Connor Goldsmith
Stephanie Jimenez
On the Docket: 
Audience Q&A
Panel Discussion

Join Sackett Street Writers Workshop and the Minorities in Publishing podcast for a discussion and Q&A with publishing professionals.

About the Event:

What exactly is the difference between marketing and publicity? Will my editor hate me if I need more time on edits? What will an agent expect when I sign with them? How do I query an agent? How do I even get my foot in the door of publishing? Questions like these along with many others will be tackled in “The Realities of Publishing” talk moderated by Jennifer Baker (creator of Minorities in Publishing, production editor) with Todd Hunter (editor, Atria Books), Ebony LaDelle (marketing manager, Simon & Schuster), Diana Pho (editor, Tor), Connor Goldsmith (literary agent, Fuse Literary Agency), and Stephanie Jimenez (associate publicist, Riverhead Books) on their experiences as well as what to expect as someone climbing the ranks in publishing or as a writer entering the business. A Q&A will be held after the panel and wine will be served.

Next Sackett Street Event: Fiction Luminaries, 5/2 at BookCourt


Tony Tulathimutte
Lynn Strong
Rebecca Schiff
Caroline Zancan
Kaitlyn Greenidge
Jessica Tom

On the Docket:
Audience Q&A
Book Signing
Panel Discussion

Sackett Street Writers Workshop founder Julia Fierro hosts a celebration for the book-releases of SSWW instructors and alums, and some of this year’s most anticipated and acclaimed novels and story collections.

Wine and words free and open to the public!

Author Bio(s):

Tony Tulathimutte is the author of the novel Private Citizens. He has written for VICE, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, n+1, AGNI, Salon, Threepenny Review, and others. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has received an O. Henry Award, a Truman Capote fellowship, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award.

Lynn Steger Strong was born and raised in South Florida. She teaches at Columbia and Pratt and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Rebecca Schiff graduated from Columbia University’s MFA program, where she received a Henfield Prize. Her stories have appeared in n+1, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and Guernica. She lives in Brooklyn.

Caroline Zancan is a graduate of Kenyon College and holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Zancan is an editor at Henry Holt, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Kaitlyn Greenidge received her MFA from Hunter College. She was a Bread Loaf scholar, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Artist-in-Residence, a Johnson State College Visiting Emerging Writer and received a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Her work has appeared in Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kweli Journal, the Believer, The Feminist Wire, At Length, Green Mountains Review and American Short Fiction. Originally from Boston, Kaitlyn now lives in Brooklyn and is a NY Writers Coalition Workshop Leader. Her debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books).

Jessica Tom is a writer and food blogger living in Brooklyn. She has worked on initiatives with restaurants, hospitality startups, food trucks, and citywide culinary programs. She graduated from Yale University with a concentration in fiction writing and wrote the restaurant review for the Yale Daily News Magazine. Food Whore is her first novel.

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Next Sackett Street Reading, 3/17 at BookCourt


Thu Mar 17, 7:00PM

Keija Parssinen
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Kimberly McCreight
Tracy O’Neill
Robin Wasserman

On the Docket:
Book Signing

About the Event:

The next Sackett Street Writers’ Reading Series event, “Dangerous Lives of Young Women in Fiction,” celebrates the paperback release of The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, the second novel by SSWW alum Keija Parssinen.

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis won a 2015 Alex Award from the American Library Association.

Joining Keija are four authors whose novels illuminate the complexity of young women’s experience in an often violent world — New York Times Bestselling novelists Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Bittersweet and the forthcoming June), Kimberly McCreight (Reconstructing Amelia, Where They Found Her, and the forthcoming YA series Outliers) and Robin Wasserman (author of more than 10 novels and the forthcoming Girls On Fire); and National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill, a SSWW alum and author ofThe Hopeful.

Next Sackett Street Reading, 1/25 at BookCourt

Host: Heather Aimee O’Neill

Tracey Rose
Isabelle FitzGerald
Andrés Cruciani
Max Rivlin-Nadler

On the Docket: 
Book Signing

The next Sackett Street Writers’ Reading Series features students from our Novel Intensive Workshops.

Author Bio(s): 

Tracey Rose is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Pank Magazine, and elsewhere.

Isabelle FitzGerald studied creative writing at Brown University. Her writing has appeared on The Rumpus andYahoo! Parenting. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is currently working on her first novel.

Andrés Cruciani‘s writing has appeared in Brooklyn Aikikai Journal and University of Baltimore’s Welter. He has completed one novel, for which he is currently seeking representation, and is at work on his second—”Equality,” a story about two boys, one Black, one Hispanic, struggling to find hope in an inner-city school. He graduated from The New School’s MFA fiction program and also holds a black belt in Aikido.

Max Rivlin-Nadler is a writer living in Queens, NY. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Vice, The Nation, andGawker. He’s working on a novel about rising seas, property values, and dead souls.