Book Launch: Helen’s Crusade by Trula LaCalle Sunday, October 13th 3 - 5 PM

Eat Pray Love meets Wild meets Out of Africa, Helen’s Crusade is a courageous story of an ambitious woman seeking and finding her true self.’ (Jane Doughty)

Stuck in a deteriorating marriage with an ineffectual and apathetic husband, Helen tries with wavering success to fulfill her father’s last wish: to re-develop the wild chinchilla population. A radical animal rights group, an internal mole, and a mysterious, handsome, and worldly European all distract Helen and threaten to derail her plans. Yet, beneath her father’s last hope, Helen’s own dreams and desires re-awaken and emerge. Will Helen fulfill her father’s wishes? Can her marriage withstand external temptations and sexual desire? Can Helen follow her own heart by bravely putting herself first?

Local author and former OCA Gallery committee member, Trula M. LaCalle, will present her debut fiction novel and the seeds from which it evolved. A Q&A will follow with book sales and signing. Admission is free, all donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments by donation, wine and beer for sale.

Trula Michaels LaCalle published her first freelance article when she was a young mother and a newly licensed psychologist. Writing freelance articles lead to her first book at the age of 36, Voices, a true story about her experiences with a client with multiple personality disorder. Following Voices, she continued writing articles until recently. Now retired from professional responsibilities, she set out to write a novel.

Her newly published fiction, Helen’s Crusade, draws from observations made during her careers as an educator, clinical psychologist, organizational development consultant, and nonprofit executive director. The novel is set in California locations where she has lived and South American countries she has visited. She incorporates Spanish, her second language in some of her characters’ dialogue.

About the author:

Trula has been a Sonoma County resident for 35 years. Until diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease nearly three years ago, she lived with her husband in Freestone. She now lives in Santa Rosa with better access to care. When she is not writing, she is creating and selling her abstract paintings ( She has two accomplished adult children and four wonderful grandchildren, all of whom she sees frequently.

3850 Doris Murphy Ct.   •   Occidental, CA 95465   •   707.874.9392   •
Open every Friday, and Saturday, 11 – 4 pm