Chevalier’s is thrilled to host another evening of great writing and great conversation at our monthly Literary Series. This month’s installment will be on Thursday, December 3rd, at 7:00pm, featuring the lovely and talented J. Ryan Stradal, Jerry Stahl, Pam Ward and Stephanie Barbé Hammer. As always, this event will be BYOW (Bring Your Own Writing): we will have an open mic between performers and we’re excited to hear what you have to say!
J. Ryan Stradal is the fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and editor-at-large at LA’s Unnamed Press. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest, a top 20 fiction book of the year at both Amazon and Goodreads, which has been optioned by Warner Brothers and acquired for publication in ten countries outside the United States. The only man in his extended family to not own both a gun and a motorcycle, he likes books, sports, wine, rhubarb, root beer, and peas.
Author, journalist, and screenwriter Jerry Stahl has written eight books, including the memoir Permanent Midnight (made into a film with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson), and the novels Pain Killers and I, Fatty. Former Culture Columnist for Details, Stahl’s widely anthologized fiction and journalism have appeared in a variety of places, including the New York Times, Playboy, The Rumpus, and The Believer. He co-wrote the HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. His latest novel, Happy Mutant Baby Pills, was published in 2013 by HarperCollins.
Pam Ward is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of the California Arts Council Fellowship. Her first novel, Want Some Get Some, chronicles LA after the 1992 riots. Her second novel, Bad Girls Burn Slow, examines identity and the funeral business. She is an artist-in-resident for the City of LA, the City of Manhattan Beach, has served as a board member for Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Foundation, and has also worked with many community arts and social/health organizations, including Black Women for Wellness, Summit on Gang Violence and Art Center College of Design.
Descended from Norwegian plumbers on one side, and broke bohemian Russian aristocrats on the other, Stephanie Barbé Hammer‘s writing has been published in Mosaic, The Bellevue Literary Review, Rhapsoidia, CRATE, and the Hayden’s Ferry Review, among other places. She has been nominated for a Pushcart prize 4 times in poetry, fiction and nonfiction categories. Her other books include the full length poetry collection HOW FORMAL? and the novel The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior. Stephanie is an award-winning teacher and Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature, Creative Writing and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Stephanie currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Coupeville, Washington, with her husband, interfaith blogger Larry Behrendt.
Under the aegis of our new owners, Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter, in tandem with authors Rich Ferguson and Stephanie Barbé Hammer, and our co-manager Liz Newstat, Chevalier’s monthly Literary Series features authors from across the spectrum of our vibrant SoCal literary scene. We are beyond excited for December’s lineup and hope to see you there!