Spring 2014 News and Events

Short Story,  “A Shrine for Unbelievers”, published in Black Clock 18  PLUS  Black Clock Launch Party and Reading, Sunday April 6, 2014, 4 p.m. Mandrake, 2692 S. La Cienega, LA 90034 21+

Black Clock 18, out of Cal Arts, asked for “alternate versions, deleted passages and excised chapters—the resurrection of cherished artistic detours abandoned for the sake of the whole.” So I sent a chapter of the early version of Paint It Black, when it was still called A Shrine for Unbelievers, and was told in all three voices–Michael, (then called ‘Mitch’) Meredith and Josie. What appears in Black Clock is Mitch’s own voice.

The brilliant folks I’ll be reading with Sunday at Mandrake: Aimee Bender, Diana Wagman, David Ulin, Geoff Nicholson and Henry Bean.

LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, Saturday April 12 , USC campus. tickets, free.

Saturday, April 12, 12 p.m.—Panel: “Degrees of Fictionality: Representing Truth Across Genres”. Moderator, Janet Fitch. I’ll be talking with Dana Johnson, Mark Jonathan Harris and Leo Braudy about the ‘truthiness’ issue in memoir, history, autobiography and biography, the so-called ‘non-fiction novel’ and historical fiction.

 3 pm.–Panel: “Fiction, L.A. Stories”. I’ll be sharing stories about my own books, my favorite L.A. books, who gets it right, who gets it wrong, with fabulous fellow authors Alex Espinoza, Matthew Specktor and Antoine Wilson. Moderated by the amazing David Francis.

 WRITERS ROUND TALK SHOW at Beyond Baroque, May 18, 5 p.m. Reading with 3 other L.A. writers,  cool format with unscripted amusing Q and A, should be a very fun time.  Specifics to come!

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