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Join us Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm for a virtual visit with Frances Rivetti.
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More About the Author:
British/American freelance journalist and award-winning author Frances Rivetti is a long-time Petaluma resident and former Argus Courier columnist with two independently published non-fiction books and a novel, each one set against the backdrop of coastal Northern California. Frances’ first book, Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite, part memoir, part reportage on our micro-regional artisan farm-to-table scene, published in a limited run in 2014 proved so popular with readers that she went on to write and produce a companion book, Fog Valley Winter, Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles and Vintage Recipes, in 2016.
Fog Valley Winter, followed in the footsteps of her first book as the author peeled back layer after delicious layer on coastal pioneer heritage and its distinctive holiday season food culture in southern Sonoma County and west Marin. Fog Valley Winter was awarded a silver medal in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards.
Frances began her research in the archives of the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum as she outlines in Chapter 1 — A Journey Back in Time. Vintage recipes were sourced from archive cookbooks in the museum.
After the successful release of this second regional history/food culture book, the author was encouraged by many readers to try her hand at fictionalizing the farming heritage we all know and love so well.
“What transpired was something very different from my usual work,” says Frances. “Cannabis grow legislation was in the news and on everyone’s minds at the time that I was researching my fictional plot and it struck me that like it or not, this was the agricultural chapter of this moment in time. I placed my protagonist’s family on a failed dairy ranch in coastal Sonoma County and set about tackling the many issues that so many families in our region are facing during this pre-pandemic era. It took me three years to complete.”
Part suspense, part family drama, Big Green Country was awarded a coveted gold medal in the 2020 Independent Publishers Book Awards for Best Regional Fiction — West.
Frances enjoyed reading in-person for several book groups in the region immediately after the book’s publication last winter. “Things slowed down after lockdown in the Spring,” she says. “But I’ve been super busy this fall with online and safe-distance outdoor readings.”
Big Green Country is a debut novel that is largely told through a women’s perspective, examining rural poverty, failing ranches, addiction, winter floods and the environment, the growing demand for legalized Cannabis, the lure of the black market and the real and present dangers to young women seeking large cash earnings in the region we know as the Emerald Triangle.
Frances Rivetti lives and works from her home in West Petaluma with her husband Timo. The couple has three sons in their twenties, Rocco, Luc and Dominic. She writes a popular blog www.southernsonomacountrylife.com and has contributed to lifestyle publications in wine country, the UK and Australia, as well as the Sonoma County Visitors program and Petaluma’s annual Visitor’s Guide.