Moon Tide Wishes You All a Safe and Festive Day of Gratitude

Moon Tide Wishes You All a Safe and Festive Day of Gratitude

By Eric Morago
FROM: Moon Tide Press

I have thought about how I would start this blog post over and over again—wanting so desperately to dive into giving thanks for all Moon Tide and I have to be grateful for, but also feeling that doing so somehow dismisses what a difficult year it has been for so many. I recognize there will be many this holiday season for which gratitude will be a desert mirage—something their eyes and mind convinces themselves of in order to give them, rightfully so, hope. But for me, gratitude is much more tangible this year than it ever has been.

Continue reading “Moon Tide Wishes You All a Safe and Festive Day of Gratitude”
Bradbury Noir: The Crimes of a Science Fiction Master

Bradbury Noir: The Crimes of a Science Fiction Master

By Cullen Gallagher
From: L.A. Review of Books

THE SKELETONS IN Ray Bradbury’s closet are out in Killer, Come Back to Me, a career-spanning collection of the science fictioneer’s crime stories. These 300 pages present a new side to readers who only know Bradbury from such classics as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and Fahrenheit 451 (1953). Published by Hard Case Crime on the occasion of the author’s centennial, the selections were picked by Hard Case head honcho Charles Ardai, Michael Congdon (Bradbury’s longtime agent), and Jonathan R. Eller (director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University and author of, among other titles, Becoming Ray Bradbury, Ray Bradbury Unbound, and Bradbury Beyond Apollo). Encompassing everything from the early pulp work on which he cut his teeth to a story published two years before his death in 2012, Killer, Come Back to Me offers the full spectrum of Bradbury’s criminal imagination.

Continue reading “Bradbury Noir: The Crimes of a Science Fiction Master”
News From the L.Á. Literary Community

News From the L.Á. Literary Community

By Brian Dunlap

FlowerSong Press is quietly building an impressive roster of writers. Last December, they published L.Á. poet, Matt Sedillo’s poetry collection Mowing Leaves of Grass, about the history, struggle, tragedy, anger, joy, despair, possibility and faith in the struggles of Chicanx’s, and working class people in general, to overcome the forces of capitalism and racism. Earlier this year they published The Most Spectacular Mistake by Orange County native Anatalia Vallez. Her debut collection is a love story to herself, her roots, and the sacred ritual of chanting the past to heal into the present. Since then, other L.Á. poets such as Angelina Sáenz, Luvette Resto, Iris de Anda, Peter J. Harris, and Matt Sedillo, have announced their next books will be published by FlowerSong in the upcoming year.

Continue reading “News From the L.Á. Literary Community”
Los Angeles Literature Events: 11/23/20 – 11/29/20

Los Angeles Literature Events: 11/23/20 – 11/29/20

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

Learning Circle: The 1619 Project via John C. Fremont Branch Library – Online Event      

A Learning Circle is an opportunity to learn together. Join us as we study The 1619 Project, an ambitious undertaking by The New York Times to reexamine the legacy of slavery and the repercussions that exist to this day.

Email jcfrmt@lapl.org for participation details and related book list.

Where:  John C, Fremont Branch Library, LAPL – Online event (see site)

Date: Monday the 23rd                                                                        

Time: 1:30 pm                                                                          

Address:  LAPL – Online event       

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/learning-circle-1619-project

Continue reading “Los Angeles Literature Events: 11/23/20 – 11/29/20”
Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits

By Niela Orr
FROM: Alta

The language surrounding artistic marginalia is predictably prepositional: posthumously published notebooks promise a look behind, beneath, inside. In 2016, Dustin Illingworth extolled the material in writers’ diaries, journals, and archives: “Far from the intimidating polish of more august work, the author’s journal reveals the human substance beneath the cultural effigy.”

Continue reading “Kindred Spirits”
Los Angeles Literature Events: 11/16/20 – 11/22/20

Los Angeles Literature Events: 11/16/20 – 11/22/20

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

South to Freedom & Professor Alice L. Baumgartner via Huntington-USC Institute – Zoom Online Event 

Join us as Professor Alice L. Baumgartner, in conversation with historian Albert Brossard and Institute Director William Deverell, discusses her new book, South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War. 

Where:  Huntington-USC Institute – Zoom & Facebook Online Event (see site for further details)          

Date: Monday the 16th                                                                        

Time: 12 pm                                                                             

Address:  Huntington-USC Institute  – Zoom Online event

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1706751046153577

Continue reading “Los Angeles Literature Events: 11/16/20 – 11/22/20”
David Ulin Talks USC’s New Literary Journal ‘Air/Light’ And Its Focus On Southern California

David Ulin Talks USC’s New Literary Journal ‘Air/Light’ And Its Focus On Southern California

By Peter Larsen
FROM: Orange County Register

While considering a name for the new literary journal “Air/Light,” editor David Ulin recalled a magazine piece he’d read years ago in which a climatologist described the unusual way that air transforms light in Southern California.

Continue reading “David Ulin Talks USC’s New Literary Journal ‘Air/Light’ And Its Focus On Southern California”
Los Angeles Literature Events: 11/09/20 – 11/15/20

Los Angeles Literature Events: 11/09/20 – 11/15/20

Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

Immigrant Writing Workshop with Restless Books via Studio City Public Library – Online Event   

Join us for a Immigrant Writing Workshop with Restless Books. Each workshop has three sessions, so please register for only one. Join us for an offering of the Innovation Lab’s ”Belonging” series, taught by Restless Books publisher Ilan Stavans, which is designed to help immigrant communities develop their voices, self-confidence, and self-esteem. See details at site.

To register for this event, email Emilie at  eaaronson@lapl.org

 Where:  Studio City Public Library – Online Event (see site for further details)   

Date: Monday the 9th                                                                          

Time: 5 pm                                                                               

Address:  Simi Valley Public Library – Online event

Website: https://lapl.org/whats-on/events/library-innovation-lab-belonging-series-restless-books-immigrant-writing-workshop-0

Continue reading “Los Angeles Literature Events: 11/09/20 – 11/15/20”