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Women's Museum of California

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Second Sunday Author Series Women's Voices, Women's Stories with Author Jill Hall

Second Sunday Author Series Women's Voices, Women's Stories with Author Jill Hall


Event Date:
Sunday, February 14 2016

What is the event about?

Sunday, February 14, 4 PM

Second Sunday Author Series Women's Voices, Women's Stories with Jill Hall, author of The Black Velvet Coat


Second Sunday Author Series
Women’s Voices, Women’s Stories

Jill G. Hall
author of
The Black Velvet Coat


About the Author:

Jill G Hall’s first novel, The Black Velvet Coat, was released in October 2015. Many of her poems have been published in a variety of anthologies and her routine blog postings share thoughts about the art of practicing a creative lifestyle. As a visual artist, Jill fashions mosaics and dabbles in mixed media collage. The creativity workshops she facilitates are for artists of all types. She also enjoys curating art shows at Inspirations Gallery featuring original work by San Diego artists. Jill currently chairs the Creative Catalyst Program at the San Diego Foundation. She resides in San Diego with her husband, Jerry and beagle-bassett, Lucy.

About the Book:

Twenty-eight-year-old struggling San Francisco artist Anne McFarland is determined to get a one-woman show, even though no one, including herself, believes she can do it. But when she buys a coat at a thrift shop with a key in its pocket, strange, even magical, occurrences begin to unfold, and she is inspired to create her best work ever.      

Fifty years earlier, it’s 1963, and the coat’s original owner, young heiress Sylvia Van Dam, is headed toward a disastrous marriage with a scoundrel. In a split-second reaction, she does the unimaginable, which propels her on a trip of self-discovery to nature-filled Northern Arizona. When Anne and Sylvia’s lives intersect, they are both forced to face their fears―and, in the process, realize their true potential.

The Culturalist featured THE BLACK VELVET COAT in their “Best New Books of October 2015".


“In Jill G. Hall’s lovely debut novel, a vintage coat and the brass key discovered in its pocket provide the foundation for the alternating stories of two women from different eras. As we read we follow Anne and Sylvia as they navigate love and loss, heartbreak, and triumph. The Black Velvet Coat is an absolute delight.” -Midge Raymond, author of Forgetting English





presented by the

Women's Museum, Writer's Ink, and Point Loma Tea

This monthly series features women writers of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and other genres who will read from or perform their work and engage in dialogues with audience members.

With the commitment to bring diverse voices and a variety of stories from local and visiting authors, the series will include both published and unpublished works from writers well known, unknown, and all the places in between. The occasional parings of multiple voices for cultural and literary resonance will add another dimension to the series, the aim of which is to celebrate the diversity of women’s voices, provide a venue for literary expression, and acknowledge the importance and validity of every woman’s story, however it is told.

The series is curated by Judy Reeves, author of Wild Women, Wild Voices.   
For more information contact jareeves@mac.com.