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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:36 am | Updated: 1:57 pm, Fri Feb 16, 2018.

WONDER VALLEY — Author Ivy Pochoda, after reading from her book “Wonder Valley,” Thursday, Feb. 8, at The Palms Restaurant on Amboy Road, was asked if people asked questions about Wonder Valley at her other readings.

When she replied that she is often asked if Wonder Valley is a real place, someone in the audience shouted out “tell them it’s not.”

About 40 people, mostly from Wonder Valley and a few outlying areas, supplemented by a few tourists, heard Pochoda read from her book, which sees characters travel back and forth between Wonder Valley and the skid row area of Los Angeles.

The story skips back and forth in time while moving back and forth between a menu of down and out characters.

At least two Wonder Valley authors were present; Bill Hillyard and Gary Tufel, Teresa Sitz, who represents Wonder Valley on the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council and works as the Wonder Valley Community Center coordinator, said.

“Kep Fjeld, of Kip’s Desert Book Club was present, as well as several aspiring writers who asked questions about the writing process. One attendee bought the author’s copy of the books and several attendees had their copies signed.

“Ivy said she had been really nervous to read here but that it was the best event yet,” Sitz said.

People were interested in how she stumbled into Wonder Valley, she’d rented a house thinking it was in Joshua Tree, arrived at night, and ended up in Wonder Valley. She was transfixed by the vastness and solitude.

“She said that places like Wonder Valley fascinate people as people are more free to live as they please with fewer technological and legal impositions.”

The one thing Pochoda did not have was books to sell, Sitz reported.

“She didn’t bring any books to sell. Too bad; people wanted them,” she said.

“It was fantastic,” Pochoda said of the reading.

“There is lots of great feedback and wonderful questions and the audience was awesome. One of my favorite readings!

“People were so excited to hear about the story and how it all came together.”

After the reading, Pochoda realized she had given away her reading copy of the book, leaving he in an awkward place going into another reading Friday, Feb. 9, at the Space Cowboy in Joshua Tree.

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