Author Janelle Brown

July 25, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Janelle Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, This Is Where We Live, and the upcoming Watch Me Disappear. Her journalism and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Wired, Self, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Previously, she worked as a senior writer at Salon, and began her career as a staff writer at Wired during the dotcom boom years, working on seminal websites like HotWired and Wired News. In the 1990s, she was also the editor and co-founder of Maxi, an irreverent women's pop culture Webzine.

A native of San Francisco and graduate of UC Berkeley, she has since defected to Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband Greg, their two children, and a geriatric lab mix named Guster.

Watch Me Disappear

It's been a year since Billie Flanagan - a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life - went on a solo hike and vanished from the trail. No body, only a hiking boot, was ever found. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie's death the best they can - Jonathan by drinking, Olive by growing remote.

But then Olive stars having waking dreams that her mother is still alive. Jonathan is worried about Olive's emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie's past that bring into question everything he ever knew about his wife. Is it possible that Olive is right - that Billie isn't dead after all?

Together Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for truth - about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.

Book sales and signings will follow the presentation, with proceeds benefiting the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation. Registration is required by emailing the Foundation office at or by calling (317) 814-3984.

This program will be held in the Program Room.