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!
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.
Saturday, 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.
Panel tickets are free! Contact LA Times Festival of Books to snag ’em!
SUNDAY, APRIL 6. 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.
AN ENDURING GRACE FRIDAY, MAY 27, 6:30-10 P.M. Wildfire Gallery, 602 San Vicente Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles. Janet will be talking to Michael Kirschoff about his large format fine-art photographs, taken in Russia using low-tech, high-aesthetic techniques such as Polaroid and plastic lens cameras. It’s the Russia channel, 24/7!
SUNDAY, June 5, 2 p.m. Reading as part of the IDYLLWILD AUTHORS SERIES, sponsored by PEN USA, in the lovely San Bernardino mountain town of Idyllwild. A terrific little out of town breather, great way to kick off the summer. B’s Mountain of Books, 34385 N. Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549. 951-659-5018.
SQUAW VALLEY COMMUNITY OF WRITERS
SUMMER WRITING CONFERENCE, AUGUST 6 TO AUGUST 13.
The best of the West and my home away from home, the Squaw Valley writers conference, August 6 to August 13. Summer camp for writers–in the Sierra. Amazing teachers, amazing participants. Writers, editors, agents… at 8,000 feet. Met my editor there. I suggest you start planning your excuses now, rounding up Grandma for the kids. www.squawvalleywriters.org.