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The 2014 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books begins tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and continues through Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the University of Southern California.

The Festival is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with hundreds of authors, attend panel discussions with bestselling novelists and industry experts on writing and the publishing business, and enjoy live music, visual art, and cultural entertainment by some of the world’s most creative and celebrated artists.

For a full list of authors and panels featured at this year’s event and to review the program schedule, visit the website at http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

 

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Credit-Tracy-Hall-e1360621827911-150x150The Pen on Fire Writers Salon is pleased to present an evening with novelist and short story writer Ron Carlson on Tuesday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m.  Carlson is the award-winning author of five novels, including The Signal (Viking, 2009), Five Skies (Viking, 2007), and The Speed of Light (Harper Tempest, 2003).

Carlson’s short stories appeared originally in Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, and The New Yorker and have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories series, The O’Henry Prize series, The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses series, and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, among others.  His book on the process of writing and detailed anatomy of the short literary form, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, is taught widely in fiction writing workshops.  Carlson is currently Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine.  His book of poems Room Service was published by Red Hen Press in 2012, and his new novel Return to Oakpine will be published this summer.

This monthly speaker series, hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, features authors, literary agents, and others involved in the field of writing.  The events take place in the atmospheric Scape Gallery in Corona del Mar and entail readings, literary discussions, and book signings.  Advance tickets are required to guarantee a seat at this event, and Pen on Fire events sell out quickly.

To read more about the speaker or the Pen on Fire Writers Salon and to purchase tickets, visit www.barbarademarcobarrett.com.

 

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As part of the 2013 John Fowles Literary Forum at Chapman University, Vietnamese American essayist and short story writer Andrew Lam will be reading excerpts from his work on Monday, April 1.

Lam is the author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora (Heyday Books, 2005), a collection of essays which won the PEN Open Book Award in 2006.  He is also the author of East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres (Heyday Books, 2010) and Birds of Paradise Lost (Red Hen Press, 2013).  Lam is currently the web editor of New America Media and is a regular contributor on the Huffington Post blog.

The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing at Chapman University promotes and advances the discipline of creative writing in all its aspects: fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and film.  Each spring, the Center invites a distinguished group of national and international writers to participate in its annual reading series, giving students and the community the opportunity to be exposed to and gain a greater appreciation for cultural and societal diversity in literature.

The reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Henley Reading Room of Leatherby Library.  Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information about this event or other speakers in the 2013 reading series, visit the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing Website.

 

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The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing at Chapman University promotes and advances the discipline of creative writing in all its aspects: fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and film.  Each spring, the Center invites a distinguished group of national and international writers to participate in its annual reading series, giving students and the community the opportunity to be exposed to and gain a greater appreciation for cultural and societal diversity in literature.

To kick off the 2013 series, renowned author Maxine Hong Kingston will be reading excerpts from her work on Monday, February 18.

Kingston is a Chinese American author and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkley, where she graduated with a BA in English in 1962.  She has written three novels and several works of nonfiction about the experiences of Chinese immigrants living in the United States.  Her feminist memoir The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts explores the ways in which gender and ethnicity affect the lives of women and is reportedly one of the most commonly taught texts in modern university education.

Kingston’s contributions to Chinese American literature have earned her numerous honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Woman Warrior, the National Book Award for her novel China Men, and the PEN West Award in fiction for Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book.

The reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information about this event or future speakers in the 2013 reading series, visit the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing website.

 

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Preregistration for the largest and most essential literary event in North America is now open to attendees, presenters, and exhibitors through January 23.  The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is hosting its Annual Conference & Bookfair at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel in Boston March 6-9, 2013.

The 2013 “Big Literary Conversation” offers more than 550 literary readings, lectures, and panel discussions on contemporary literature and poetry, writing technique, publishing, and teaching, and hundreds of presses, literary magazines, online journals, and literary organizations will be exhibiting at this year’s bookfair.

Featured presenters include keynote speakers Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott, both recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as Adonis, Alison Bechdel, Amy Bloom, Augusten Burroughs, Joy Castro, Don DeLillo, Alice Hoffman, Arthur A. Levine, Edith Pearlman, Richard Russo, Tracy K. Smith, Jeanette Winterson, and many other award-winning authors and poets.

With more than 10,000 writers, teachers, students, editors, agents, and publishers in attendance, the 2013 Conference & Bookfair promises to be the most informative and inspiring literary gathering of the year.

For more information or to register, go to www.awpwriter.org.

 

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The highly anticipated Big Orange Book Festival, a two-day celebration of books, authors, poets, and film against the backdrop of live music and delicious food, is coming to the Chapman University campus next Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. 

This “festival for wordies, film buffs, and artists” celebrates every aspect of the written word and its impact on television, film, and visual art.  Literary programs, panels, exhibits, and other special activities are sure to attract book and movie enthusiasts from all over Southern California.  Featured events and speakers include:

  • A 50th anniversary showing of To Kill a Mockingbird, hosted by Mary   Badham, who portrayed nine-year-old Scout in the movie 
  • Alice Sebold, best selling author of The Lovely Bones, Lucky, and The Almost Moon 
  • Sapphire, author of Push, on which the award-winning film Precious was based
  • Lizz Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show” and author of Lizz Free or Die
  • Mark Levin, conservative commentator and author of Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America 

The event highlights over sixty authors of mainstream fiction, mystery, romance, horror, science fiction, fantasy, essays, and creative non-fiction.  In addition, the festival’s Ten at the Top performances showcase the original work of fine arts students, professors, and community creative writers.  TATT presenters will have ten minutes to read short story, novel, and essay excerpts at the top of each hour throughout the festival.  I’m thrilled to have been selected as a Ten at the Top presenter and will be reading from my novel-in-progress Time of Death or my short story “Windmill Ridge” at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  

For more information about the festival, visit the website at http://bigorangebookfestival.com.  

I look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Book Bash

In an effort to raise awareness about literacy and books banned in the Tucson Unified School District as a result of its dismantled Ethnic Studies Program, the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University will be hosting its first Annual Book Bash on Thursday, May 3.

The event will take place at the Attallah Plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Guest speakers include Luis Rodriguez, the author of Always Running (Touchstone, 1994); Presidential Fellow Rueben Martinez; and CES faculty member Dr. Anaida Colon-Muiz.

 

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As part of the 2012 John Fowles Literary Forum at Chapman University, contemporary Romanian novelist, mathematician, and journalist Bogdan Suceava will be reading excerpts from his work on Monday, April 23.  I am pleased to have been invited to present a brief excerpt of my own original fiction at this event and will be reading from my thesis novel, Time of Death

Suceava is the author of The Night Someone Died for You (2010); Vincent the Immortal (2008); Miruna, A Tale, recipient of the Fiction Award of the Association of Bucharest Writers (2007); and Coming from an Off-Key Time (2004).  His short fiction has appeared in English in Short Story, Review of Contemporary Fiction, Two Lines, Absinthe: New European Writing, Red Mountain Review, Natural Bridge, and other journals.  Currently, Suceava is a lecturer at California State University, Fullerton.  

The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Henley Reading Room of Leatherby Library.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 

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Festival of Books

The 2012 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to the University of Southern California campus next Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22.  Since its inception in 1996, the festival maintains one simple goal: “to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them.” 

The 17th annual event is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with hundreds of authors, attend panel discussions with best-selling novelists and industry experts on writing and the publishing business, and participate in one of three two-hour writing seminars with the literary world’s best and brightest.  The festival also includes storytelling for children, poetry readings, musical performances, art exhibits, cooking demonstrations, and nearly 300 exhibitor booths representing booksellers, publishers, and literacy and cultural organizations. 

For a full list of authors and panels featured at this year’s event and to review the program schedule, visit http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

 

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The 6th Annual Literary Orange is this Saturday, April 14, at UC Irvine Student Center.  This year’s celebration of authors, readers, and libraries features keynote speakers Paula McLain and Lisa See.  The goal of Literary Orange is to foster an appreciation of reading and literature by connecting writers and readers for a day of panel discussions, guest author presentations, and book signings.  

The author lineup for this event includes Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Lian Dolan, Ryan Gattis, Ken Kulhken, Caitlin Rother, James Swanson, and many others.  Anna Leahy, Professor of Poetry in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, author of two poetry chapbooks, co-writer of the blog Lofty Ambitions, and director of the Tabula Poetica Reading Series at Chapman, is featured on the Poetry panel.  

For more information and to register, visit the website at http://literaryorange.org/index.php.

 

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