Last week saw Santa Barbara author Melinda Palacio receive the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for her debut novel, Ocotillo Dreams. This Thursday, December 6, at 6 p.m., Palacio appears at the Book Den (15 E. Anapamu St.) to sign copies of Ocotillo Dreams and her poetry book, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting. Call (805) 962-3321 for info.


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