Myriam Gurba’s “Mean” Explores Growing Up A Queer “Molack” In California: BUST Interview

by  Bri Kane

From: Bust

meanWhen you read Mean by Myriam Gurba, you’re going to laugh, and cry, at some really gross and mean things – but that’s kinda the whole point. Mean is a very introspective book, exploring Gurba’s childhood, adolescence, and early adult life. By analyzing her own memory, Gurba forces the reader to do the same. She describes the book as a “novel that is memoiristic,” meaning not exactly a memoir, but not exactly fiction — it blends the two genres through memory, analysis, and retrospection.

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‘Wonder Valley’ is an L.A. Thriller That Refuses to Let Readers Look Away


“Wonder Valley,” the third novel from author Ivy Pochoda, begins with a classic Los Angeles tableau: a chase on the 101, complete with a police helicopter, camera-toting news crews and spectators recording the spectacle on their smartphones.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 11/13/17 –11/19/17

Poetry Party by Cadence Collective at Fox Coffee House

downloadCome to hear the 2nd Monday Poetry Party hosted by Cadence Collective, and hosted by poets Murray Thomas & Sarah Thursday. This site features poets who have lived, gone to school, worked or regularly been a part of Long Beach, and it always begins with an Open Mic, followed by featured readers of the month.

Where: Fox Coffee House

Date: Monday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90808


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BEST NEW BOOKSTORE Other Books, Comics and Zines

From: LA Weekly


Other Books, Comics and Zines offers an exquisitely curated selection of new and used books with an anarcho-queer-feminist–third world–radical-indigenist edge. The sparely decorated, spacious store, sandwiched unassumingly between an El Pollo Loco and a Mexican craft-leather shop, offers bare cement floors, bare white walls, bare light bulbs and unobtrusive, comfortable chairs and sofas for reading. Books are cerebral up front, transgressive in the rear. Shelves are unlabeled but well organized in the areas of art, photography, cultural studies, radical activism, poetry and philosophy. Other Books has a superb selection of Latin American Boom and post-Boom lit and crit, and a subspecialty of East Asian lit and poetry. Here you will find both James Baldwin’s complete works and his FBI file. Head to the racks in the back for comics, graphic novels, at least one coloring book (Cunt Coloring Book) and fanzines, including the series The Life and Times of Butch Dykes featuring Gertrude Stein and Gloria Anzaldúa and Feminist Pornographic Collective Consciousness, an intersectional feminist porn zine. It’s a punk-rock bookstore for a punk-rock part of town.

Los Angeles Literature Events 11/06/17 –11/12/17


Book of Wonders at Book Soup

51M95x6UPjL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Come to hear author Douglas Trevor discuss and sign his book, Book of Wonders. This book is a collection of nine stories, and explores unsettling and comic situations in which people lose their bearings, reinvent themselves, or resolve—sometimes haplessly—to make sense of their lives. We are reminded not only of the struggle to connect, but also of what the most unlikely of people may realize they share.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069


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The Secret to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Overnight Success

The novelist seemed to go from unknown to MacArthur genius in two years. In truth, it took decades.

by Joe Fassler

From: Electric Literature

1-SyURWoGLK1aTh_I3UVw8uAThis month, the novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen was awarded one of the most prestigious honors a writer can receive: the MacArthur “genius” grant, given to artists, thinkers, and public intellectuals whose ideas have culture-altering potential. This, in itself, should surprise no one. Nguyen writes with arresting moral and intellectual force, often about people scarred and uprooted by conflict. As the MacArthur Foundation put it in its citation, Nguyen’s demonstrated a unique gift for exploring how depictions of the Vietnam War “often fail to capture the full humanity and inhumanity, the sacrifices and savagery, of participants on opposing sides.”

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By Rex Weiner

From: Cultural Weekly

Beyond_Baroque_bookstore_www.culturalweekly.org2_When Abbot Kinney, an eccentric developer and conservationist, created the city of Venice, California in 1905, with a system of canals complete with gondolas and gondoliers brought in from Venice, Italy, he was inspired by the art, architecture, poetry and literary life he’d experience during a Grand Tour of Europe. Continue reading