Literary LA June ’09

  • Echo Park’s new bookstore/cafe Stories kicks off the month with Mark Blake’s The Wit & Wisdom of Keith Richards on Fri 6/5 8pm (complete w/ dj’s spinning Stones tunes); and on Sat 6/6 8pm, also in a musical vein, Gooseberries, photographer Sterling Andrews’ trippy photos of Silverlake/Echo Park bands like the Silversun Pickups; Sat 6/13 8pm, live bluegrass on the back patio; poetry on the 2nd & 4th Friday, 8pm; sign up for the Stories newsletter for more happenings
  • Another packed month at Skylight Books in Los Feliz: noted short story writer Mary Yukari Waters (who’s garnered just about every honor a short story can get–Pushcart, O. Henry, two Best American collections) presents The Favorites, her first novel, Sat 6/6 5pm; on Sun 6/7 5pm, Francesca Lia Block with her newest; Ron Carlson on Sat 6/13 7:30pm with The Signal; on Wed 6/17 7:30pm, graphic novelists Adriane Tomine & Seth; and on Sun 6/21 5pm, Luna frontman Dean Wareham with Black Postcards
  • June’s New Short Fiction Series show (Fri 6/12 8pm) features the stories of Kate Milliken–a finalist for both the Katherine Anne Porter Award and the Other Voices Prize. I spent the weekend reading some of her stories and she is excellent. (In the first version of this post I wrote, incorrectly, that none of her stories are available online.  Go here for links to a couple, and for my interview with her.)
  • Book Soup on the Sunset Strip has Dennis Cooper (Ugly Man) on Tues 6/2 7pm; on Mon 6/15 7pm Tin House Editor Rob Spillman, along with Laila Lalami and Chris Abani, present Gods & Soldiers, an anthology of new African writing; and on Sun 6/28 5pm, Carol Ruiz Zafron with his latest, The Angel’s Game
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