Book launch with popular Sacramento author, Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Shelley Blanton-Stroud grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the field. She recently retired from teaching writing at Sacramento State University and still consults with writers in the energy industry. She serves as President of the Board of 916 Ink, an arts-based creative writing nonprofit for children, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. She recently stepped down from co-directing Stories on Stage Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging authors. She interviews mystery and thriller authors for the Mystery Review Crew.

Copy Boy was her first Jane Benjamin Novel. Tomboy is her second. The third, Poster Girl, arrives November 2023. (She Writes Press)

Her writing has been a finalist in the Sarton Book Awards, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award, the American Fiction Awards, and the National Indie Excellence Awards.

She and her husband live in Sacramento, surrounded by photos of their out-of-town sons, their partners, and their nearly perfect grandchild.


Liberty Shipyard, 1942. Cynical gossip columnist Jane Benjamin joins FDR’s Office of War Information propaganda unit, aiming to replace big league gossip queen Hedda Hopper. Jane scours the shipyard for a picture-perfect Wendy-the-Welder poster girl to boost ship production by coaxing women into the workforce. When two top candidates die on the job, Jane’s got to choose between personal ambition and service, before the murderer kills another woman welder and America’s best chance of winning the war.

WHERE: Rossi Sculptural Design, 1801 Twentieth Street, Sacramento
WHEN: Nov 14 @5pm