Book Launch Double Bill: ‘Geoffrey Doover’ and ‘Travel Sketching’ by Patrick Fanning Friday, June 15th 7 - 9 PM


Join local author Patrick Fanning as he discusses his latest books: novel “Geoffrey Doover” and art instruction book “Travel Sketching”.

The hero of this novel, Geoffrey Doover, is chrononautical. He can navigate time and rewrite his life’s narrative. Through the miracle of his own unique form of narrative therapy, he gradually does over, or doovers, the various traumatic moments of his life, finally graduating college as a more-of-less functional, normal adult. But he doesn’t do it like you or I would. His reality-bending talents take him on a wild romp through 50s, 60s, and 70s California culture.

Travel Sketching is a lavishly illustrated art book in which Patrick Fanning shows how to make fresh, lively sketches on location, finishing a complete composition in a matter of minutes. It covers both the basics of drawing and the finer points of technique and design.

Patrick Fanning’s first career was in publishing. In 1979 he co-founded New Harbinger Publications. It has grown to be one of the premiere publishers of self-help psychology and health books in the world. For over 20 years Patrick’s day job was writing and publishing self-help books, cassette tapes, and video tapes. He still writes a self-help book every two or three years, but since 2003 he has been retired from the day-to-day operation of New Harbinger.

He enjoys writing more fiction these days. His previous novels are “Infidels Abroad,” an alternative history story involving Mark Twain in Sonoma County, and “Rejuvenation,” a science fiction story. He is launching his most recent novel, “Geoffrey Doover,” a time travel story.

Patrick’s second career was in art. He was one of the founders of the Graton Gallery, painted mostly in watercolor, and taught watercolor classes in the states and occasionally abroad in Costa Rica or Italy. He often travels with his sketchbook, which has resulted in his most recent book, “Travel Sketching.”

He is on the board of the Occidental Center for the Arts and has been most recently involved in the construction of a new lobby space for the OCA auditorium.


Please join us on Friday, June 15th at 7 pm for selected readings from the novel, a slideshow of sketches, Q&A, book sales and signing. Admission free, all donations gratefully accepted. Wine and beer for sale, refreshments by donation. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. and is wheelchair accessible. For more info: 707-874-9392 or


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