The Great Novelist Tessa Hadley Reading and Signing The Past

Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m.

We are honored to host the unsurpassable Tessa Hadley, who is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and author of the New York Times Notable Books The London Train and Married Love. Hadley will grace our threshold with a reading from her sixth highly-praised novel, The Past, in which she conjures three sisters and one brother coming to reckon with the past and with one another in a tumbling down ancestral home, entwined by conflicting strands of puritanism, class condescension and erotic impulse.  Reading, q & a, signing.

The Past PBK CoverTessa Hadley is that rare novelist who so precisely limns the human experience so that readers feel she has infiltrated their own hearts and minds.The Past  is an indelible family portrait that probes the complicated relationships of siblings and how both a singular place and the passage of time have shaped the trajectories of each of their lives. The Cranes have gathered in the country house once lived in by their grandparents. Determined to reach a conclusion about the house’s fate, the four siblings have come together for what may be their last holiday there. The eldest sister, Harriet, is an austere and somewhat disillusioned former radical. The ”incurable romantic” Alice—who orchestrated this family reunion—clings most fiercely to the house. The youngest, Fran, is a practical mother who arrives with her two small children — but without her musician husband, who has begged off. And then there is Roland, the only brother—a distinguished philosopher and cultural critic who brings his beautiful and foreign third wife and his teenage daughter.  For each, being back at Kington ignites a particular response; the younger children stumble upon a derelict cottage, young love is discovered in the woods, sibling perceptions of past selves continue to entangle in present relationships.

“Tessa Hadley has become one of this country’s great contemporary novelists.”                     —Anthony Quinn, The Guardian

“A supremely perceptive writer of formidable skill and intelligence”                                        —New York Times Book Review

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Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels: Accidents in the Home, which was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master BedroomThe London Train, which was a New York Times Notable Book, Clever Girl and The Past. She is also the author of two short-story collections, Sunstroke and Married Love, both of which were also New York Times Notable Books. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker. She lives in London.

LitFolks LA Reading Event: Seven Writers on Glorious Things & Loss of Faith in Writing, Reading Proceeds Talk

Thursday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m.

LitFolks LA hosts a remarkable constellation of writers reading from their latest work and talking about the most glorious thing they’ve found about being a writer and a moment when they almost lost faith in it. Aya de Leon, Bryan Allen Fierro, Minal Hajratwala, Dana Johnson, Karen Palmer, Jeremy Rosenberg and Margaret Wappler. Signing to follow.

Aya de LeonAya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. Her debut feminist heist novel, Uptown Thief, was published in July. She has written for various media outlets such as xojane, Ebony, Guernica, Huffington Post, Reductress, Essence, Writers Digest, Bitch Magazine, Racialicious, Fusion, Quartz, and The Toast. 

 

Bryan Allen Fierro

Bryan Allen Fierro holds an MFA from Pacific University in Oregon. Fierro is the recipient of the Poets and Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award in Fiction. His novel, Dodger Blue Will Fill Your Soul, coming out this September, is set in East Los Angeles.

 

Minal JajratwalaMinal Hajratwala is author of the award-winning epic Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents. Her latest book is Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a collective of which she is a co-founder. She graduated from Stanford University, was a fellow at Columbia University, and was a 2011 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar. 

Dana JohnsonDana Johnson is the author of the recently published short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is a professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Karen Palmer

Karen Palmer is the author of the novels All Saints and Border Dogs. A short story in The Kenyon Review, “Virtuoso Mio”, received a Pushcart Prize and is anthologized in The Bedford/St. Martin’s Introduction to Literature. Karen has taught at UCLA Extension and at Lighthouse Writers in Denver, Colorado, and is currently working on a memoir.

JerJeremy Rosenbergemy Rosenberg is the Assistant Dean, Public Affairs and Special Events, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and a former team member of Metabolic Studio. His writings about art, urban planning, policy, ideas, and much more have appeared in dozens of anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and online publications, including the Los Angeles TimesThe Art Newspaper,  and ARTNews. He is the author  of Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles and, with its subject, Ti Georges LaGuerre,  he co-wrote, No Man Is An Island: A Memoir of Family and Haïtian Cuisine.

Margaret WapplerMargaret Wappler has written about the arts and pop culture for the Los Angeles TimesRolling StoneElleCosmoNew York Times, and other publications. Her short stories have appeared in Black Clock, Public Fiction, and JoylandNeon Green is her first novel.

LitFolks LA is Antonia Crane, Seth Fischer, Ashley Perez, Nina Rota, Laura Warrell and Anna March.

 

Trailblazing Judge Willam Norris Talks & Signs Liberal Opinions: My Life in the Stream of History

Friday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m.

Judge William Norris, with admirers ranging from Governor Jerry Brown to philanthropist Eli Broad, recounts his life and times as a trailblazing lawyer and judge in his vivid and accessible memoir. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the making of a truly ground-breaking jurist, this rare occasion with Judge Norris reading and signing Liberal Opinions is your chance to find out.

LibOpinionsCOVERjpgAuthor of the controversial but prescient judicial opinion striking down the ban on gays in the military—two decades before the Supreme Court finally recognized such equal rights—Bill Norris made waves on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Yet his legal and civic life before and after, though less well known, is equally the measure of the man.

“Bill Norris tells his American story—growing up in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, then rising to legal, judicial and political heights in post-war California. His zest for life comes off every page as he fights discrimination, renders justice and inspires a host of brilliant attorneys. His prose is crisp and fast-paced. His America: uncommonly decent.”Edmund  ‘Jerry’ Brown Jr., Governor of California  

“Bill Norris’ memoir is a beautifully written account of a man who rose to the top of the legal world and was an integral part of some of the most important issues of the last half century. Most of all, it is an inspiring book that is a powerful reminder of how much one person can accomplish.” Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law

NorrisWilliam A. Norris has been a practicing lawyer, political adviser and candidate, family man, naval corpsman, budding journalist, supporter of the arts, and—most famously—Ninth Circuit judge. He was born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, and has long made Los Angeles his home with his wife Jane Jelenko.

Stoke Your October Fire with All Lit Up : Tony DuShane, Jacqueline Suskin, Carine Topal & Michael Miller

Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.

All Lit Up is a collaborative effort lovingly orchestrated under the aegis of our owners, Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter, in tandem with host-authors Rich Ferguson and Stephanie Barbé Hammer, and Chevalier’s Liz Newstat. Every month we offer delectable morsels from literary artists and musicians, served between convivial mixing, and garnished with a light selection of open mic surprises. This month we stoke the fire of imagination with poets Carine Topal and Jacqueline Suskind , build up a blaze with novelist Tony DuShane, and poke the white hot musical embers with Michael Miller.

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Tony DuShane adapted his first novel Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk to a screenplay directed by Eric Stoltz. The film is finished and set to release in 2017. He writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, Penthouse, Mother Jones, and The Rumpus. DuShane also teaches beginning and advanced novel writing classes at UCLA Extension.

 

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Jacqueline Suskin is a writer, performance poet and artist and author of The Collected and Go Ahead & Like It. Known for her project “Poem Store,” Suskin composes on-demand poetry on her manual typewriter. Her main occupation since 2009, “Poem Store” has taken her around the country, typewriter in tow. Suskin has been featured in New York Times, T Magazine, LA Times, and has performed at events including Art Basel, Los Angeles Contemporary, Art of Elysium and SF MOMA, as well as collaborated with fashion brands. As an educator,  she works with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as a Turnaround Artist,  visiting many high schools and universities.

 

SeattlePoet Carine Topal has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of the 2015 Briar Cliff Review Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including The Best of the Prose Poem, Greensboro Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Oberon, and Caliban. Her published collections include In the Heaven of Never Before and Bed of Want, winner of the 2007 Robert G. Cohen Prose Poetry Award.  Her third book, Tattooed,  is a personal history of the Holocaust, written in the voices of the perpetrators, the victims, and the survivors of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and won the 4th Biennial Chapbook Contest from Palettes and Quills. She teaches poetry and memoir workshops in Redondo Beach and the Palm Springs area.

michael-millerSoCal troubadour-misfit Michael Miller’s music has been described as “brooding acoustic ruminations and multi-layered, melancholic pop symphonies.” (OC Weekly) Americana UK says “Michael Miller’s lyrical poetic cleverness and indefinable, multi-layered, psychedelic American indie-pop is a quite splendid concoction and a pop opera extravaganza,” and that his “glorious post-psychedelia is an exhilarating creative invention.” “Miller’s voice has an otherworldly sweetness like that of Radiohead`s Thom Yorke…” ~ Miles Of Music

Stuart Gibbs, Marvelous Middle Reader Writer, is Back with Spy Ski School

Sunday, October 9th, 3:00 p.m.

Want to take a ski trip right here in Hancock Park? Then come on by Sunday afternoon and meet one of Chevalier’s all-time favorite middle reader writers, our friend and neighbor Stuart Gibbs, as he shares Spy Ski School,  his follow-up to the Edgar-Award–nominated Spy School, Spy Camp, and Evil Spy School. Reading, q & a, signing.

spyskiBen Ripley enrolls in ski school, where the slopes, and the stakes, get really steep.

The Mission: Become friends with Jessica Shang, the daughter of a suspected Chinese crime boss, and find out all of her father’s secrets. Jessica wants to go to ski school in the Rocky Mountains, so a select few spy school students are going skiing too—under cover, of course. Ben might not be able to handle a weapon (or a pair of skis), but he can make friends easy peasy. That is, until his best friend from home drops in on the trip and jeopardizes the entire mission…

 

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Stuart Gibbs is the author of the FunJungle and Moon Base Alpha series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Spy School series. He has written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox. Stuart lives with his wife and children in our neighborhood! You can learn more about what he’s up to at StuartGibbs.com.

Journalist-Biographer Scott Farris Launches Inga: Kennedy’s Great Love, Hitler’s Perfect Beauty, and J. Edgar Hoover’s Prime Suspect

Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m.

Come get the goods on Inga with Scott Farris, seasoned journalist (former Bureau Chief for UPI) and avid Inga-ographer launching Inga: Kennedy’s Great Love, Hitler’s Perfect Beauty, and J. Edgar Hoover’s Prime Suspect. Inga Arvad is a woman no novelist could invent: she was JFK’s WW II-era  heart-throb, caught Hitler’s eye when she worked as a foreign correspondent and was suspected of being a Nazi spy by J. Edgar Hoover. And that’s just a start! She was also a big-time Hollywood gossip columnist.  Reading, talk, q&a, and signing.

inga-1Inga, a one-time Miss Denmark, actress, and foreign correspondent in Nazi Germany became a favorite of Adolf Hitler and won John F. Kennedy’s heart when she was a Washington columnist. The FBI put her under constant surveillance, tapping her phone,  and recording her most intimate encounters with Kennedy and others.  This set in motion a chain of events that led to Kennedy’s eventual transfer to the South Pacific where he became the war hero that made his political career.   Later, Inga moved to Hollywood and took over Sheilah Graham’s syndicated gossip column. The column had 20 million loyal readers. A good word from Inga helped Elizabeth Taylor land the lead in National Velvet and made her a star. Hollywood’s leading men were mad for Inga; Vincent Price called her “one of the most beautiful women in the world,” while Joseph Cotten referred to her as “the girl I love.”  Inga’s Hollywood adventures included a stint as a screenwriter at MGM and doing publicity for David O. Selznick’s controversial Duel in the Sun.  After publicizing the Western, she met and married Tim McCoy—a real cowboy from Wyoming who had known Buffalo Bill Cody, Wyatt Earp, and Bat Masterson.

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Scott Farris is a former bureau chief for UPI, has served as a senior advisor to several state governors and U.S. senators, taught journalism at the college level, and has been a candidate for Congress.  He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Journalist and Author Evelyn De Wolfe Signs Line of Sight: the Life and Vision of Klaus Landsberg

Saturday, October 15th at  3:00 p.m.

In Line of Sight, which received an Irwin Award for “best in historical portrayal for 2016”, distinguished journalist and author Evelyn De Wolfe traces the early days of West Coast television as it centers on Klaus Landsberg, one of West Coast TV’s foremost pioneers who helped define television as we know it today. She will be signing between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.
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In the world of electronics, the line of sight is a path of unobstructed vision – a direct video link between a transmitter and a receiver. So much a part of contemporary life, it is easy to forget that television came to the forefront as a popular medium only in the recent past. During those early days, Evelyn was married to Klaus, and her intimate portrait and research about a budding industry offers a fresh perspective on the landmark contributions of this brilliant inventor and showman, whose lifespan was cut short at the age of 40.

George Lewis, her collaborator on this project, is a veteran of 42 years with NBC NEWS who started his career as a war correspondent in Vietnam.  He is a recipient of three Emmys, the Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards.

 

Leading Cultural Critic Hua Hsu, author of A Floating Chinaman, in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen

Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m.

The cultural writer Hua Hsu’s non-fiction debut A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific,  excerpted in the New Yorker,  rescues from obscurity a significant body of work by an immigrant Chinese writer that, with Hsu’s illuminating perspective, makes for a multi-dimensional counterpoint to the American view of China. Hsu will explore these facets – and more – in conversation with award-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose non-fiction work on the Vietnam/American War, Nothing Ever Dies is currently long-listed for the National Book Award. Conversation, reading, q&a, with signing to follow.

floatingchinaA Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure across the Pacific, tells the story of the interwar years, when American condescension toward “barbarous” China yielded to a fascination with all things Chinese,  and the rapturous reception that greeted The Good Earth—Pearl Buck’s novel about a Chinese peasant family—spawned a literary market for sympathetic writings about China. A circle of writers sparked an unprecedented public conversation about American–Chinese relations and became ensnared in bitter rivalries over which one could claim the title of America’s leading China expert. But on the margins—in Chinatowns, on Ellis Island, and inside FBI surveillance memos—a different conversation was taking place. A Floating Chinaman takes its title from a lost manuscript by H. T. Tsiang, an eccentric Chinese immigrant writer who self-published a series of visionary novels and discovered the American literary market to be far less accommodating to his more skeptical view of U.S.–China relations. His “floating Chinaman,” unmoored and in-between, imagines a critical vantage point from which to understand the new ideas of China circulating between the world wars—and today, as well.

nothingeverdiesAll wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. From the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of the conflict Americans call the Vietnam War and Vietnamese call the American War—a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both nations.From a kaleidoscope of cultural forms—novels, memoirs, cemeteries, monuments, films, photography, museum exhibits, video games, souvenirs, and more—Nothing Ever Dies brings a comprehensive vision of the war into sharp focus. Viet Thanh Nguyen provides penetrating interpretations of the way memories of the war help to enable future wars or struggle to prevent them.

“Ultimately, Nguyen’s lucid, arresting, and richly sourced inquiry, in the mode of Susan Sontag and W. G. Sebald, is a call for true and just stories of war and its perpetual legacy.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

hua-hsuHua Hsu is a contributor to The New Yorker and newyorker.com. He has previously written for Artforum, The Atlantic, Grantland, Slate, and The Wire. His work has been anthologized in Best Music Writing and Best African American Essays, and his 2012 essay for Lucky Peach on suburban Chinatowns was a finalist for a James Beard Award for food writing. He also served on the editorial board of A New Literary History of America (2009). He is currently an associate professor of English at Vassar College and a fellow at the New America Foundation. He serves on the executive board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

 

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Photo by BeBe Jacobs

Viet Thanh Nguyen is Aerol Arnold Chair of English and associate professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

 

Viet Thanh Nguyen interviewed on PBS by Tavis Smiley.

Internationally Exhibited Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld Revisits the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland with The Borscht Belt, Talk and Signing

Sunday, October 23rd, at 5:30 p.m.

Featuring essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, Marisa Scheinfeld’s The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland traces the history of the fabled Catskill R&R mecca through photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels and bungalow colonies once boomed. Absorb the vestigial wonders her camera captures so eloquently and join Marisa Scheinfeld for a talk, q&a, and signing.

borsctbeltToday the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status. From entire expanses of abandoned properties to small lots containing drained swimming pools, the remains of the era now lie forgotten, overgrown, and vacant. In the absence of human activity, nature has reclaimed the sites, having encroached upon or completely overtaken them. The book assembles images Scheinfeld has shot inside and outside locations that once buzzed with life as year-round havens for generations of people.  Other sites have since been demolished, or repurposed, making this book a even more significant documentation of a pivotal era in American Jewish history.

“…The party’s over, and the guests are gone, never to return. Enter Marisa Scheinfeld, whose camera finds profound eloquence in the silence that remains, and hope in new life emerging from the ruins. The story was already ancient when Shelley penned Ozymandias: that all things grand eventually fall. But Scheinfeld’s work is all the more moving, because these things are ours, now.” — Alan Weisman, Author, Countdown & The World Without Us

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Marisa Scheinfeld’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is among the collections of Yeshiva University Museum at The Center for Jewish History, The National Yiddish Book Center, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life and The Edmund and Nancy K. Dubois Library at the Museum of Photographic Arts.
The Borscht Belt is also a traveling exhibition which is accompanied by a presentation of ephemera and a re-photographic series of “now”and “then” imagery composed by using found postcards and creating a mirror image of their present day depictions.

400 Years of Monsters with Award-winning Scholar Leo Braudy, author of Haunted

Wednesday,October 26th at 7:00 p.m

Award-winning scholar and author Leo Braudy charts four hundred years of “monsters” and how they reflect the culture that created them. Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural World will make you the most frighteningly insightful person at that upcoming Halloween party! Come get some psycho-historical chills with Leo Braudy’s reading, talk, q & a and signing.

hauntedLeo Braudy, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has won accolades for revealing the complex and constantly shifting history behind seemingly unchanging ideas of fame, war, and masculinity. Continuing his interest in the history of emotion, this book explores how fear has been shaped into images of monsters and monstrosity. From the Protestant Reformation to contemporary horror films and fiction, he explores four major types: the monster from nature (King Kong), the created monster (Frankenstein), the monster from within (Mr. Hyde), and the monster from the past (Dracula). Drawing upon deep historical and literary research, Braudy discusses the lasting presence of fearful imaginings in an age of scientific progress.

 

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Leo Braudy is university professor and Bing Chair in English and American Literature at the University of Southern California. His many books include The Frenzy of Renown and From Chivalry to Terrorism. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Master Storyteller Michelle Latiolais Reads from her Highly Praised New Collection She

Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Michelle Latiolais, L.A.’s  answer to Alice Munro, is celebrated for her bracing compassion devoid of sentimentality, and for writing powerfully precise prose. In She, her new collection of short-stories, a runaway girl’s journey in Los Angeles becomes the prism through which she refracts a multi-faceted panorama of the lives experienced in this very particular place and time. Come partake of Latiolais’ rare insight into our city’s life: reading, talk, q & a, signing to follow.

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She follows a nameless fifteen-year-old as she flees her abusive father for Los Angeles in search of a new life. In this slyly crafted book, not all of the stories feature this young girl—Latiolais plunges deeply into the lives of Angelenos from all walks of life, allowing their stories to resonate with and amplify the young girl’s determined journey across the city’s unforgiving terrain. In one story, “Parking,” a penniless botanist makes her living by creating dazzling sugar flowers to decorate the cakes she herself can never afford; near the close of the book is the story “Promotion,” in which an author hands her book over to its reader, knowing it is no longer something she wrote; it now belongs to the imagination of others. Evocative and coolly brilliant, the stories in this collection together illuminate a poignant, unflinching portrait of loss and the search for identity in its wake.

Michelle Latiolais “is as close to Alice Munro as a writer can get, but with a more modern edge” —Los Angeles Times

“It’s been a long time since I’ve read a work that so captures the contradictions of Los Angeles, a seemingly beautiful and mild place that is so filled with ugliness and harshness, a city that people love to hate while they flock to it. The language, the structure, the conception of this book artfully paint the place and the people. I wish I could have written this, but I am neither as funny nor as smart as Michelle Latiolais.” —Percival Everett
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, the author of the short story collection Widow and the novels A Proper Knowledge and Even Now, is an English professor and co-director of the Programs in Writing at the University of California at Irvine.

Jackie Parker, Poet & Bestselling Author, Discusses Her New Novel Our Lady of Infidelity , with Author Paul Kolsby

Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.

Jackie Parker, award-winning poet, and bestselling author of the YA novel Love Letters to My Fans brings us a new (adult) novel about the reverberations of a series of miraculous sightings in the small town of Infidelity, California. Whether you are part of the 80% of Americans who believe in miracles – or the cold-eyed 20% who do not! –  you may recognize yourself in this finely told tale of a troubled child and the rippling outward response to what she sees in a car-wash window. Come join the Our Lady of Infidelity  in conversation with  playwright and author Paul Kolsby. Signing to follow.

Our Lady Infidelity 9781628726947Our Lady of Infidelity: A Novel of Miracles  begins when Luz Reyes, whose family was killed by death squads in her native land and whose mother is gravely ill, sees a vision in a car wash window. The car wash owner and a woman in search of her husband are next, and then even Luz’s skeptical mother sees it. Father Bill, though he tries to stop it, seems also to fall under its power. Soon a crowd forms to see the lady in the window and the “miracle child.” While at first it brings peace and healings, the town quickly turns against the vision and Luz after an unexpected death occurs, forcing the people to question whether they were duped, or given a fascinating gift. Part spiritual parable, part mystery, Our Lady of Infidelity gives readers a story of a miraculous child who opens the hearts of the people in a small town to their own capacity for love.

“What a wonderful tale! This soft-spoken, lyrical, and loving work dives deep into the world of mystical vision and emerges as a visionary work in itself. It feels like a blessing to swim in these waters.”  —Bruce Joel Rubin, Academy Award–winning screenwriter of Ghost, Jacob’s Ladder, and Deep Impact

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Jackie Parker is a writer and teacher of meditation. An award-winning poet, she is the author of the bestselling book for young adults Love Letters to My Fans and other works. She leads transformational workshops using meditation and writing as vehicles for healing, well-being, and community. She has designed and led classes for the UCLA Arts and Healing program and for schools and counseling centers, community gatherings, at-risk adolescents, and others.

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Paul Kolsby has written for The Los Angeles TimesDetailsBikini, and the Los Angeles Reader—where his new novel, Ear to the Ground, co-written with David Ulin, was first published serially. His plays, including Banquo’s Issue and Planning the Separatist Ball, have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. He wrote the Sundance feature films City Unplugged and Spread and has original television series in development at NBC, Epix and Skydance Television. He’s written for Showtime’s Masters of Sex and currently writes for Ozark, new on Netflix. He’s served on the faculties of U.C.L.A. and N.Y.U.,  and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Up and Coming Writer-Producer Dynamo Lindsey Rosin Debuts Her YA Novel Cherry

Monday, September 19th at 7:00p.m.

Lindsey Rosin, bursting with directing and producing credits on stage and screen, gives us her fresh and saucy YA debut novel, with a tongue-in-cheek premise: what happens when a gaggle of girls go on a determined quest to lose their (respective) virginity(s)? YA lovers will not want to miss this insouciant debut novelist, director of musicals and up and coming TV writer, and hear what she has to say about Cherry and more! Reading, q&a, signing.

Cherry coverIn this honest, frank, and funny debut novel, four best friends make a pact during their senior year of high school to lose their virginities—and end up finding friendship, love, and self-discovery along the way. To be honest, the sex pact wasn’t always part of the plan. Layla started it. She announced it super casually to the rest of the girls between bites of frozen yogurt, as if it was just simply another addition to her massive, ever-evolving To Do List. She is determined to have sex for the first time before the end of high school. Initially, the rest of the crew is scandalized, but, once they all admit to wanting to lose their v-cards too, they embark on a quest to do the deed together… separately….Layla’s got it in the bag. Her serious boyfriend, Logan, has been asking for months…..Alex has already done it. Or so she says….Emma doesn’t know what the fuss is all about, but sure, she’ll give it a shot…..And Zoe, well, Zoe can’t even say the o word without bursting into giggles.Will everything go according to plan? Probably not. 

“An insightful tale about the true bonds between young women, like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but deliciously saucier.” — Refinery29

 

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Lindsey Rosin is a professional writer/director/producer and fourth generation Los Angeles native. In the past year, she has written television pilots for Lionsgate, CBS Studios, Sony, MTV, CBS, and NBC. Most recently she co-executive produced the Cruel Intentions television pilot (for NBC), which she also wrote along with Roger Kumble (the writer/director of the original film) and Jordan Ross.  Lindsey directed and co-developed Cruel Intentions: The Musical, which enjoyed a sold-out run in Los Angeles in 2015. Cherry is her debut novel.