Tuesday, June 14th at 7 p.m.
Author Rachel Harper’s new novel This Side of Providence is garnering enormous praise for the startling lens it focuses on marginalized America, and Nina Revoyr, The Age of Dreaming, Lost Canyon, is heralded as one of contemporary L.A.’s greatest storytellers. Catch these two literary trail-blazers as they discuss the overlapping terrain of their acclaimed new works on Tuesday, June 14th at 7p.m. with Signing to follow.
This Side of Providence is a story of exceptional force and originality that reveals the unacknowledged side of one of our oldest American cities, where even the bleakest of realities can’t destroy the bonds between parent and child. Arcelia Perez flees Puerto Rico to escape a history of abuse, but instead of finding her piece of the American dream, she ends up on the wrong side of Providence.
“It is a book of such power that it is as if a completely new layer of the American experience has been exposed to our view…not one line is wasted and every single word rings true.” — Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple
Best-selling author Nina Revoyr returns with Lost Canyon – a Deliverance for the age of Obama – a suspenseful adventure tale of one group’s journey through the Sierra Nevada. For a diverse group of Angelenos, a four-day backpacking trip turns dangerous and deadly when the group stumbles onto an illegal drug operation on public land and comes face-to-face with people who will do anything to keep their secrets from leaving the mountains.
“an edgy and spellbinding writer with an uncanny gift for aligning human struggles with nature’s glory and perils…” – Booklist, Starred Review
Rachel M. Harper’s first novel, Brass Ankle Blues, was chosen as one of Borders’ Best Original Voices and selected as a Target Breakout Book. Her poems and short fiction have been published in The Carolina Review, Chicago Review, African American Review, Prairie Schooner, and the anthology Mending the World: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers, and she has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. A Los Angeles resident, Harper is on the faculty of Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program.
Nina Revoyr is the author of four previous novels, including The Age of Dreaming, which was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize; Southland, a Los Angeles Times “Best Seller and “Best Book” of 2003; and Wingshooters, which won an Indie Booksellers’ Choice Award and was selected by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of “10 Titles to Pick Up Now.” Revoyr lives and works in Los Angeles. Lost Canyon is her latest novel.