Monday, May 10, 2010

Tongue & Groove: Spreading the Word for Six Glorious Years!

A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo (pictured).

This week, Tongue & Groove features Susana Chávez-Silverman, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Daniel Olivas, Antonio Sacre, and musical guest Maria Orieta

WHEN: Sunday, May 16th
TIME: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
PRICE: $6.00

Michael Jaime-Becerra is a native of El Monte. He teaches creative writing at the UC Riverside. His debut collection of inter-related short stories, Every Night Is Ladies' Night, was published by Rayo, the Latino imprint of HarperCollins. It was named to lists of the year's best books by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle and was awarded a California Book Award for a First Work of Fiction. His first novel, This Time Tomorrow, was published by Thomas Dunne Books.

Susana Chávez-Silverman is an L.A.-born, Santa Cruz Califas-raised writer. She is the author of Killer Crónicas: Bilingual Memories, and Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters, published last month. She teaches Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American literature and culture at Pomona College.

Antonio Sacre is an award-winning storyteller, solo performer, and author. He has performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, and universities, theaters, and festivals worldwide. He will be performing his latest solo show, “My Penis – in and out of Trouble,” at the Hollywood Fringe Theater Festival this June.

Maria Orieta is an L.A.-based singer/songwriter. She was born in Argentina, and grew up in Norway where her parents were political refugees. She has recorded two albums,"Buenos Aires" (Grand Sport Records 2004), "Against the view" (Grand Sport Records 2006), and will be coming out with new album this summer.

Daniel Olivas is the author of five books and editor of the anthology, Latinos in Lotusland. His latest collection of short stories, Anywhere But L.A., ranges from contemporary narratives to more traditional cuentos de fantasma, giving us a vivid and honest portrait of modern Latinos in search of their place in the world.

Come one, come all and come early! Seating is limited and we start on time!

◙ LATE-BREAKING NEWS: Rane Arroyo has passed away. We don’t have much news yet other than an e-mail from Rigoberto González. Over at the Letras Latinas blog, Francisco X. Alarcón remembers Rane with a poem. We’ll keep you posted.

◙ BOOK REVIEW: Rigoberto González, an award-winning writer living in New York City, reviews for the El Paso Times David Domínguez’s second book, The Ghost of César Chávez (C&R Press, $14.95 paperback). He observes, in part:

David Domínguez writes from the heart and soul of California's Central Valley, a place where generations of Mexican families have lived, worked and witnessed periods of both economic hardship and prosperity.... But in his second book..., Domínguez pays homage to a different fruit of this labor: the hard-won comforts of domesticity and the impulse to reflect on the legacy of sacrifice.

You may read the entire review here.


May 24, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 250 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA

A Zócalo/City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Event

With internationally acclaimed novels that sell millions of copies in 45 countries and 30 languages, Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a writer for a global age. Zafón, born in Barcelona and living in Los Angeles, where he first came to write screenplays, cites as his influences the 19th century British, Russian, and French giants — Dickens, Tolstoy, Balzac. But he also takes inspiration from the great American crime fiction — including the Los Angeles noir master Raymond Chandler — and Hollywood movies, which help him visualize the rich worlds he creates in his novels. Zafón, author of The Shadow of the Wind, and most recently of The Angel’s Game, visits Zócalo to discuss his work, fiction in a global age, and why great books transcend borders.

For more information, visit here.

◙ THAT’S ALL FOR THIS MONDAY. In the meantime, enjoy the intervening posts from mis compadres y comadres here on La Bloga. And remember: ¡Lea un libro!

1 comment:

msedano said...

QEPD Rane. He was a friend and supporter of Kansas City Mo's Latino Writers Collective.