Monday, August 20, 2012

Writers From Los Angeles “Greater” at The Last Bookstore on August 25, 8:00 p.m.

Susana Chávez-Silverman, Daniel Olivas, Aaron Kunin, and Ramón García read works of fiction and poetry that question location and the meaning of “place”

What does it mean to represent the greater L.A. area in writing that is not confined by monolingualism and established ideas of geography and physical location? Writers from Los Angeles greater explore the possibilities of language and the multiplicities of locations that represent contemporary L.A., beyond its centers and margins.

PLACE: The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., Ground Floor, Downtown Los Angeles (Ph. 213.488.0599)

DATE: Saturday, August 25, 2012

TIME: 8:00 p.m.

Susana Chávez-Silverman is co-editor of Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad, and Reading and Writing the Ambiente: Queer Sexualities in Latino, Latin American, and Spanish Culture. Her bilingual creative non-fiction books, Killer Crónicas: Bilingual Memories (2004) and Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters (2010) have been anthologized in print, in the inaugural Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010) among others, and online, where audio versions are also available. Susana is professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Pomona College in California.

Susana Chávez-Silverman

Daniel Olivas is the author of six books including, most recently, an award winning novel, The Book of Want (University of Arizona Press, 2011). He is also the editor of Latinos in Lotusland (Bilingual Press, 2008), which brings together 60 years of Los Angeles fiction by Latino and Latina writers. By day, he is a Supervising Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice and works just down the street from The Last Bookstore in the Reagan Building.

Daniel Olivas

Aaron Kunin is the author of The Sore Throat and Other Poems (2010). Grace Period, a collection of aphorisms, sketches, and fragments, is forthcoming. He lives in Los Angeles.

Aaron Kunin

Ramón García’s book of poetry Other Countries was published by What Books Press in 2010. He is the author of a forthcoming book-length monograph on the documentary photographer Ricardo Valverde, to be published by the University of Minnesota Press. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit, Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. A founding member of the Glass Table Collective, an artist collective in Los Angeles, he is a Professor at the California State University, Northridge and lives in downtown Los Angeles.

Ramón García


◙ As noted on La Bloga this weekend, Héctor Tobar, writing for the Los Angeles Times, gives a wonderful review to Reyna Grande’s memoir, The Distance Between Us (Atria Books). We’re so proud of you, Reyna!

◙ Estella González, Writing Lecturer at the University of La Verne, is also the assistant editor of the university’s Prism Review, a literary journal. Check out the submission guidelines.

Isis Rodriguez, co-founder and illustrator of Niñají Comic, a comic about Indigenous values, released the first issue at the Second Annual Latino Comics Expo held at the Cartoon Museum in San Francisco. The issue (which was written by Alfi Lopez who is of Mexican and Zapotec blood from Oaxaca) sold out! They are currently completing the second issue to be released in September/October for Latino Heritage Month.

1 comment:

Estella Gonzalez said...

Planning on going! Love it when writers focus on L.A. for their material.

Y gracias for the Prism mention. Hoping to get some wonderful quality work, especially from our local escritores. We also have a fiction and poetry contest going on too: