Stories on Stage Offsite Event - Thread of Gold by Anne Da Vigo and Will Kill for Food by Scott Alumbaugh

Avid Reader is happy to be in partnership with Stories on Stage to bring two new authors to you, Anne Da Vigo and Scott Alumbaugh on Saturday, January 12th.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and event begins at 7:30 p.m.!

Donations are always appreciated, as they help pay authors and actors alike!

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The two novels being presented are:

Thread of Gold by Anne Da Vigo


Will Kill for Food by Scott Alumbaugh


More on Thread of Gold:

Rumors of gold buried during World War I incite greed and murder, upending the lives of three women. The treasure connects love-struck Abby to her handsome neighbor. It's the catalyst that drives Alice far from home. And Cora, a cynical journalist, is caught in the story's tangled threads when she's assigned to investigate mysterious deaths.

During the tumultuous months surrounding World War I, a fortune in gold was rumored to be buried somewhere in the steep hills bordering New York's Finger Lakes.

The tale wreaks havoc on the lives of three generations of women. For love-struck teenager Abby Macpherson, the gold is the link between her and her handsome neighbor. For Abby's daughter, Alice, it's the catalyst that drives her from upstate New York to the West Coast, empty and searching.

San Francisco crime reporter Cora Brooks knows nothing about the gold until her publisher sends her to the Finger Lakes to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding a friend's death. Was it murder?

She goes unwillingly. Cora wants nothing to do with the birthplace of her mother, who disappeared when Cora was six.

Cora's investigation immediately runs into animosity from the dead man's wife and resistance from law enforcement. Flashbacks of the night her mother disappeared begin to haunt her. As she delves more deeply into the story, it becomes increasingly entwined with the gold and the convoluted history of her own family. She plunges forward, determined to learn the truth, risking her sanity and even her life.

(ISBN: 978-0974572215)


More on Anne Da Vigo:

Anne Da Vigo is a novelist, journalist and public relations professional. She graduated from Fresno State University and worked for newspapers throughout California where she wrote about scams, murders, and other mayhem on the court and police beats. She covered the infamous Chowchilla kidnapping of 26 children from a rural school bus and the Lords of Bakersfield murder cases. The seed for her novel, Thread of Gold, came from a 1994 New York Times article detailing mysterious deaths in the tiny village of Preble in upstate New York. Her mother’s family had deep roots in the area, and Da Vigo saved the clipping, eventually crafting it into this twisting, complex blend of reality and fiction. She is winner of the novel excerpt competition at the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and the recipient of the Jameson Book Award given by the University of Pacific’s Creative Writing at Pacific conference. She has been a featured writer at Stories on Stage Sacramento. Her short stories have appeared in Literary Mama, Penduline Press, The Capra Review, and Fiction on the Web.


More on Will Kill for Food:

April 30, 1992: the day after a jury returned not guilty verdicts for four police officers in the beating of Rodney King. Protests in Los Angeles have spread into a city-wide riot. People are being killed. Korean-owned businesses, like Dean’s uncle Jun’s store, are being looted and burned. A gangbanger is using the cover of the riots to take over Koreatown businesses like Jun’s by any means necessary. For three days, Dean, Jun, and Ron, a homeless Gulf War veteran, hole up in Jun’s store and fight to stay alive in the center of the deadliest civil disturbance in U.S. history.


More on Scott Alumbaugh:

Scott Alumbaugh ( is the owner of Sea Dog Designs, a web, print and graphic design business, which he founded in 2000. Before starting Sea Dog Designs, he worked as an attorney, legal writing teacher, sailing instructor, radio producer and host, theater manager, stage crew for a traveling Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company, movie studio construction laborer, ESL instructor in Japan, and a number of other jobs not worth mentioning. Scott is an ultra-distance cyclist, and though he lives inland now, he sails and surfs whenever he can. He is married and, together with his partner, Lisa Ikemoto, is raising a very active pre-teenage son in Davis, California. Will Kill for Food is the first of a series of stories Scott is writing about the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles.


Event date: 
Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Pence Art Gallery
212 D St.
Davis, CA 95616
Thread of Gold Cover Image
ISBN: 9780974572215
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Published: Quill Driver Press - June 2017