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About Us

Creating Conversations produces community-focused author and book events for local businesses, conferences, schools, and libraries in greater Los Angeles and Orange County.

Creating Conversations was opened by the founding partners of Mysterious Galaxy, an independent bookstore which has been serving Southern California for more than 30 years. 

Creating Conversations is owned and operated by Terry Gilman, who has spent over 30 years developing programs and events that bring readers and authors together. With her long-established relationship with major book publishers, she is able to match authors and books with the needs and goals of each organization. Her work on behalf of Mysterious Galaxy and her community earned Gilman the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Heart and Soul Award in 2010, and in 2009 she was named a Friend of the Los Angeles’ WriteGirl for promoting and supporting this exceptional mentoring program.

In 2014, Gilman created the Authors to KIPP SoCal program which funds and supports author programs for KIPP SoCal in many Los Angeles underserved communities. This program continues to bring 6 - 8 authors to KIPP SoCal campuses each year. Creating Conversations is hoping to expand this program to other cities that support KIPP campuses and their students.