Readings from the California Prose Directory 2016: New Writing From the Golden State, Published by Outpost19 and edited by Sarah LaBrie. Hosted by Lou Mathews, readers include Carina Chocano, Ann Friedman, J. Ryan Stradal, Yvonne Zima, Sarah LaBrie, Matt Sumell and more.
Book Lovers! Join us Thursday, May 26th, as we bring food and fiction to the same table with our reading series. Our menu is an indulgence, with authors Benjamin Hale (The Fat Artist) and Matt Sumell (Making Nice) bringing all the salt, fat, and acid needed for a thrilling meal. Each will read something delicious from a recent work, we will prepare a snack inspired by each reading, and all you need to do is show up.
In this selection, anti-hero Alby, kind of a Holden Caulfield with way more expletives, more fighting, more alcohol, plus drugs, rescues and raises a fledgling bird fallen from its nest. Despite his persistent raunchy irreverence, Alby reveals his vulnerability as he tries to cope with his mother's death. He manages to be hilarious, outrageous, and heart-wrenching, all at once.
Five fiction and memoir authors from wide-ranging backgrounds—from Big Five houses to tiny indie presses—discuss the process of getting their debut book to print. We discuss the agent query and search, the sale (including money), the editing process, publicity, and planning a book tour. Everyone talks about how to get published. What do you do once you sign the contract? With Matt Sumell, Shanna Mahin, Gwendolyn Knapp, and Kevin Sampsell. Moderated by Jennifer Pashley.
Want to mingle with some of Los Angeles’ most talented writers? Then join us on June 6th at the 20th annual Publication Party where you can talk with some of the published authors who teach at the Writers’ Program. Not to be forgotten—the delicious free dessert bar immediately following the readings!
The FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES is teaming up with the innovative literary magazine ELECTRIC LITERATURE for a stellar night of readings, animated films, and our first-ever dance party! We'll be showcasing five ELECTRIC LITERATURE contributors: two favorite FRANKLIN PARK alumni, Colson Whitehead and Ben Greenman, as well as Jim Shepard, Steve Edwards, and Matt Sumell.