Meet the Author 

Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham is a writer based in Berkeley, California, focusing on issues related to youth, migration, the environment, and her home state of California. Her work has appeared in outlets such as Harper’s, the New Republic, Orion, the Guardian, the New York Times, and VQR, where she is a contributing editor. Lauren earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. For over a decade, she has worked in the fields of refugee resettlement and immigrant education.
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Northern California Book Reviewers Award Winner 2018

Ridenhour Prize Winner 2018

L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist 2017

California Book Award  Runnerup 2018

Lukas Prize Project: J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize Shortlist 2018

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography Longlist 2018


2019 OBOC Selection

Beth Ruyak
Author's Night Moderator
2019 OBOC Events
(cost for dinner; other events free)

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."

Contact Beth: 

photo by: Julie Mietus

What is Your Favorite Story?

March 13 and 27 

Placer School for Adults Course

6:30 -7:30 PM

3775 Richardson Dr. Auburn,

Lynn MacDonald Education Center

To register at Placer School for Adults website


March 20

Auburn State Theater

7:00 PM

Which Way Home

"Which Way Home" is a feature documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year-old Hondurans, who are desperately trying to reach their parents in the US.; children like Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran, who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and Kevin, a canny, streetwise fourteen-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the U.S. and send money back to her. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the children you never hear about; the invisible ones.


April 3

Panel discussion: Immigration in Our Community

7:00 PM

Placer High School Auditorium


Moderator: Sandra Guzman

  • Sandra Guzman is the Puente Program Coordinator and Professor at Sacramento City College. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is active in the Sacramento Community in a wide array of programs and activities. 


  • Silvia Lopez, an immigrant from El Salvador who recently became a permanent US resident, lives in Auburn and has direct experience with the gang violence issues of her former home. 

  • JJ Mulligan Sepulveda is an immigration attorney from the UC Davis School of Law. His book, No Human is Illegal was published in late January. 

  • Marisela Hernandez is the Sierra College DACA Student Program Co-ordinator.

  • Chelsea Oruche spent two years living and working in rural El Salvador as a Community Development Specialist in the US Peace Corps. She worked on various projects including youth development, education, womens micro-businesses, and sustainable kitchen stoves. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband EJ and works in corporate social responsibility.”



April 7

Dinner and Evening of Culture

Catered by Former Latitudes owners Pat and Pete Enochs

5:00 Flower Farm Inn





April 10

An evening with the Author 

Lauren Markham

Moderator: Beth Ruyak

7:00 PM

Placer High School Auditorium


April 11

Sierra College Library

2nd floor Coffee Shop

11:00 AM

An intimate examination of immigration issues and the book with the author, Lauren Markham, author of The Far Away Brothers.