The Bank Heavy Press Variety Show
Featuring: A Surprise Poet!
Every last Thursday of the month, The Bank Heavy Press transforms Gatsby Books into the hippest poetry scene This Side of Paradise!
Best of all, you get to read too! So bring your poems, your prose, your ideas and your enthusiasm to our nearly famous Open Mic.
Want to read? Be sure to sign up early! 3-5 Poems, or 5 minutes-per-reader please. The sign-up list is limited to 15 readers.
Don't want to read? Arrive fashionably late and enjoy the show!
Gatsby's Book Club
Discusses Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita
Every 1st Saturday at 3pm
Join Gatsby's Book Club for a freewheeling discussion of a book that you probably should have already read (Hey, we're catching up with you smarty-pants).
This month, we are discussing Nabokov's Lolita. Every meeting is a potluck. Bring a dish or beverage that is inspired by or featured in the book. Guaranteed, there will be lollipops for all!
Sat. June 1st @ 5pm
Every First Saturday: BE HEAR NOW - Gatsby's Live Jazz Series.
Featuring musicians handpicked by Scott Heustis, BE HERE NOW, showcases some of the best names in experimental and improvisational jazz.
Don't expect standards. This is Jazz performed on the high wire with juggling knives. it's thrilling, it's unexpected and it's always entertaining. BE HEAR NOW!
Nancy Johnson's 70th Birthday!
Celebrate the publication of her new book:
Naked on the Rocks:
Featuring LIVE MUSIC from "The Good Ole Boys"
Back by Popular Demand!
Meet Harry Saltzgaver
Author and Editor of the Grunion Gazzette
Book Signing Party for his New Book
Twenty Years of Salt (In a 10-Pound Bag)
The Best Of The Last 20 Years - In A Pinch...For more than 20 years, Harry Saltzgaver has chronicled the successes and failures, triumphs and tragedies, of Long Beach as the Executive Editor of Gazette Newspapers, the city's favorite community newspapers.
Throughout that time, he has provided a look at the human side of the paper through his column, "A Pinch of Salt." Humor, pathos, insight and simple slices of life let readers see inside the paper, as well as Saltzgaver's mind and heart. In "20 Years Of Salt," the best of those columns provide the reader with a unique perspective to the last two decades in the life of our city.
About the Author: A journalist for 35 years, Harry Saltzgaver became executive editor of Gazette Newspapers in 1992. He published "Passionately Positive: The Beverly O'Neill Story" in 2010. He lives in Long Beach with his wife, Maria, and two big dogs.
CELEBRATE Local Author Day!
Featuring Nancy L. Mary, John Stacy, and Barbara Eknoian
HAVEN'T HEARD OF LOCAL AUTHOR DAY? That's because we just made it up! We were going to call it Local Author Threesome but that just sounded scandalous!
Come on down to Gatsby Books and meet three local authors with brand new books that are worth reading!
CARNAL ACADEMY: ON THE TRAIL OF AN ACADEMIC PREDATOR
by Nancy L. Mary
Carnal Academy with its zany faculty members and students, is a satire, a mystery and
a story of how two women realize their strength as they fight against the wickedness of an egomaniacal sexual predator. Nancy is a former college professor and social work professional who lives in Long Beach.
BARSTOW BONES – A MURDER MYSTERY by John Stacy.
In 1942 an Asian-American college student falls victim to “anti-Jap’” hysteria when he stops for gas in Barstow. In 1987, a collectibles dealer buys a trunk from a demolished Barstow hotel. What’s inside is not what you think. Stacy is a Long Beach area writer who taught for many years in Barstow.
Chances Are by Barbara Eknoian
A Jersey Girl Comes of Age
Susie Di Pietro, a naive New Jersey teen, comes of age during that special era, “The Fifties.” It is the world of poodle skirts, soda parlors, and mis-guided romance. Barbara Eknoian’s poetry has appeared in Chiron Review, Pearl, Silver Birch Press, Re)Verb and several anthologies.
It's Not My Fault
Meet Author Wendi Bear
Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night at Gatsby Books!
Prepare to laugh out loud at this politically incorrect novel full of short stories that are just plain wrong. You will be shocked, amused and maybe even a little bit confused. A provocatively original must read. Based on the popular blog "It's Not My Fault." A brutally honest account of love, sex and the abuse of alcohol.
Meet Celebrated YA Author
Elana K. Arnold
Book Release Party!
Author Talk & Signing
BURNING - the anticipated sequel to SACRED
Publication Date: June 2013
Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It's good timing, since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky; he's headed to San Diego, where he's got a track scholarship at the University of California. His best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, aren't as fortunate; they don't have college to look forward to. So to make his friends happy during their last days in town, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447.
Lala: She and her Gypsy family make money the way her people have been earning it for centuries—by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash—especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day everything changes for her . . . and for him.
Told from alternating points of view,Burning
brims with the passion of two young people, both at crossroads in their lives, and both forever altered by a moment in time.
Author Signing and Book Release Party
The Wolf Yearling
Poems by Jeffrey C. Alfier
Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the release ofTHE WOLF YEARLING, a collection of poetry by Jeffrey C. Alfier
Jeffrey C. Alfier acquired a keen poetic vision from years of living and traveling throughout the Southwest. Composed mainly in syllabic verse,The Wolf Yearling exhibits strict attention to tightly controlled language that renders, in rich imagism, American deserts and mountains, the plains of the Trans-Pecos, border towns, and the sandy soils of east Texas.
"Alfier's sharp lyrics come upon you like a door slammed by a hot desert wind might wake a lonely man into a new life. They are demotic, lived, and, without being sentimental, hopeful that our little span of being human matters after all." DOUG ANDERSON, Poet-in-Residence at Ft. Juniper, Amherst, Massachusetts, instructor in poetry at Emerson and Smith Colleges
WEST COAST BOOK TOUR!
Author of Dear LucyLucy is different. She doesn't understand why her mother has sent her to live with the elderly Mister and Missus on their farm, yet she knows she must never leave or else her mother won't be able to find her again. But when something terrible happens to her only friend, Lucy embarks on a dangerous journey, willing to risk everything.
"A boldly lyrical,
~ Joyce Carol Oates