Elisa Stancil Levine will present her memoir, “This or Something Better: A Memoir of Resilience,” on Thursday, June 9 at 6 p.m. Her lifelong solace, the wild river and the natural world, sustained her through a difficult youth and a rewarding career. Founder of Stancil Studios, an award-winning national decorative finishes company, her memoir also spans “Making a Maker” in Northern California, Manhattan and Paris.
Elisa Stancil Levine spent her childhood in a canyon in the American River, upstream from the site of the California Gold Rush. She left school at 16 and, as a single mother in Sacramento, earned a degree in library science and studied creative writing. Working with partners, she remodeled 16 historic homes and served as home and garden editor and columnist for Sacramento magazine. “This or Something Better” is Levine’s second book. His essays have recently appeared in Entropy magazine, Stirring: a Literary Review, The Penmen Review, and The Writer’s Workshop Review. A third book is in preparation.
Proof of vaccination or a negative covid PCR test within the last 72 hours is required for all live events; if participants do not have one, they will be asked to wear a mask during the event.
For more information, call 707-939-1779. Readers’ is at 130 E. Napa St.