The worst of the AIDS epidemic has passed with the discovery of new medications. But not everyone rejoices. Certain groups of gay men rebel when they find it impossible to embrace the notion that they're suddenly expected to slough off their "end dates" and become useful, vibrant members of society.
Two pairs of men experience a chance meeting on their way to a burrito joint in Hollywood. All are gay men with HIV/AIDS, all are drug addicts/sellers (Gallagher and Rogarth are recent alumni of a local drug rehab.; Bert and Korn are simply out of drugs for the moment and fear that they’re about to get busted.) Through the use of multiple focalizers, the lives and values of all characters are explored, shedding light on Queerness (including homosexuality), the nature of chronic disease (especially AIDS), addiction, recovery facilities, 12-Step programs, and, it’s hoped, revelation.
Doug Weaver holds degrees in journalism and creative writing, both from California State University, Northridge. His work has appeared in Oddville Press, Roundup Writers’ Zine, Northridge Review and Blunderbuss Magazine.
He teaches English at a small liberal arts university in Los Angeles and he enjoys standing on his head.
Doug lives in a pretty small apartment in Long Beach, California with a Cairn terrier named Duffy.
Teen Author Reka Kaponay's Dawn of the Guardian Presentation & Storytelling Workshop
Sat. June 3rd @ 3pm
Deep in the heart of Andalusia on the outskirts of the ancient towering walls of Arcos de la Frontera is a seemingly quiet town, which holds a chillingly malevolent secret. Once revealed it will challenge the very fabrics of what we consider reality to be.
Réka Kaponay is a 15-year-old passionate writer and blogger, turning her dream of becoming a professional writer and published author into reality at the age of 14. At 12 years of age, Réka was inspired by a trip to Andalusia, Spain, to write her first full-length adventure-mystery novel… Dawn of The Guardian.
Archeologist Jerry Moore Discusses his new book Incidence of Travel: Recent Journeys in Ancient South America
Sunday June 4th @ 3pm
In Incidence of Travel, archaeologist Jerry Moore draws on his personal experiences and historical and archaeological studies throughout South America to explore and understand the ways traditional peoples created cultural landscapes in the region. Using new narrative structures, Moore introduces readers to numerous archaeological sites and remains, describing what it is like to be in the field and sparking further reflection on what these places might have been like in the past.
From the snow-capped mountains of Colombia to the arid deserts of Peru and Chile, ancient peoples of South America built cities, formed earthen mounds, created rock art, and measured the cosmos—literally inscribing their presence and passage throughout the continent. Including experiences ranging from the terrifying to the amusing, Moore’s travels intersect with the material traces of traditional cultures. He refers to this intersection as "the incidence of travel." Braiding the tales of his own journeys with explanations of the places he visits through archaeological, anthropological, and historical contexts, Moore conveys the marvelous and intriguing complexities of prehistoric and historic peoples of South America and the ways they marked their presence on the land.
Combining travel narrative and archaeology in a series of essays—accounts of discoveries, mishaps of travel, and encounters with modern people living in ancient places—Incidence of Travel will engage any general reader, student, or scholar with interest in archaeology, anthropology, Latin American history, or storytelling.
Jerry Moore is an archaeologist, writer, editor, and professor of anthropology at California State University Dominguez Hill. Moore has conducted archaeological research in Peru, Mexico, and southern California. Moore's principal expertise is on the prehistoric architecture and cultural landscapes in the Andes. He has written the books, "Architecture and Power in the Prehispanic Andes: The Archaeology of Public Buildings" (1996 Cambridge University Press), "Cultural Landscapes in the Prehispanic Andes: Archaeologies of Place" (2005 University Press of Florida), "The Prehistory of Home" (2012, University of California Press)--selected for the 2014 Society for American Archaeology Book Award--"A Prehistory of South America: Ancient Cultural Diversity on the Least-Known Continent" (2014, University Press of Colorado), and "Incidence of Travel: Recent Journeys in Ancient South America" (2017, University Press of Colorado). Moore is the co-editor with Donald Laylander of "The Prehistory of Baja California: Advances in the Archaeology of the Forgotten Peninsula" (2006 University Press of Florida) which was chosen as a 2007 Choice Distinguished Book. Also, Moore has written one of the leading textbooks on anthropological theory, "Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists" (2012, Altamira) and he edited a companion collection of primary materials, "Visions of Culture: An Annotated Reader" (2009). Moore's writings have been translated into Spanish, French, Han Chinese, Turkish, and Croatian. Moore was also the editor of "Ñawpa Pacha: Journal of Andean Archaeology", from 2011-2014; he is now editor-elect of the same journal. Moore has been a Fellow in Precolumbian Studies at Harvard's Dumbarton Oaks Research Libraries and Collections in Washington D.C. (1992-93), a senior scholar at the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia (1994), a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute (2001-2002), and a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University, UK (2013). He lives with his family in Long Beach, California, and provides food service to three cats.
"Perhaps the most fun economics book you’ve ever read!"
Viking Economics Meet Author George Lakey
Weds. June 14th @ 7pm
A NATION DIVIDED: What can we learn from the Nordics? Book talk and discussion with George Lakey
Thanks to the Nordic economic model, the Scandinavians are now among the most equal countries in the world. They are also known for shared prosperity, even though only Norway found oil. A century ago they had a huge wealth gap, only a pretend democracy, and poverty that drove large numbers to leave their countries.
How Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden turned themselves around is the subject of George Lakey’s new book, “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too,” released by Melville House July 2016.. The book drew articles in Bloomberg.com, the Atlantic Monthly, and Time Magazine, while it was named “Book of the Week” by the London Times. Bill McKibben called it “Completely fascinating,” not least for Scandinavian achievements in meeting the climate crisis.
About the author:
George Lakey is an activist, author, and professor with both an arrest record and affinity for Broadway tunes. His first time arrested was in the civil rights movement; recently he went to jail in the successful campaign to stop the nation's seventh largest bank from financing mountaintop removal coal mining. He has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents and taught at several universities, most recently Swarthmore College. "Viking Economics" is his ninth book, all of which are about how to support change.
Words on Bathroom Walls Young Adult Book Launch Party with Author Julia Walton
Sat. July 8th @ 3pm
Fans of More Happy Than Not, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story will cheer for Adam as he struggles with schizophrenia in this brilliantly honest and unexpectedly funny debut.
Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't.
Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.
JULIA WALTON received her MFA in creative writing from Chapman University. When she’s not reading or baking cookies, she’s indulging in her profound love of Swedish Fish, mechanical pencils, and hobbit-sized breakfasts. Julia lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband and daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @Jwaltonwrites.
Book Launch Party Everything That Could Not Happen Will Happen Now Meet the Author: Alberto Ramirez
Sat. August 12th @ 3pm
A riveting and poignant novel, “Everything That Could Not Happen Will Happen Now,” delves boldly into the issue of the racial divide in America, the stark reality of racism, and the Sisyphean struggle against its tragic repercussions. Juan Juárez Bitol is on the verge of graduating from a prestigious California university and realizing the American Dream. Yet in the closing weeks of his last semester—having survived the rigors of academic life and a series of racially charged incidents—he attends a lecture on Beowulf. In the explanation of Wyrd, the Anglo-Saxon belief in personal destiny, Juan receives a prophecy revealing that he, like Grendel—the monster of the epic poem and member of the “loathsome race”—is doomed. Wavering between fatalism and free will, Juan ultimately dons the mantle of monster-messiah and sets out to perform the miracle of saving himself. “A stunning debut novel shimmering with magical realism and lyrical beauty . . . a searing and heartbreaking portrait of alienation in America.” - Emily C. Creigh, Co-Author “Journey to the Heart of the Condor: Love, Loss, and Survival in a South American Dictatorship.” “. . . Ramirez has created one of the most memorable Latino characters in a very long time with his Juan Juárez Bitol, a young man trying to stay afloat amongst the privileged denizens of elite academia . . . this is a very smart book with a heart and a message for our confused, xenophobic times.” -Manuel Luis Martinez, Author of “Los Duros.” American Book Award Winner, 2015.
Alberto Ramirez was born in East Los Angeles and studied English literature at UCLA. He has contributed forthcoming work to Westwind Journal of the Arts. “Everything That Could Not Happen Will Happen Now” is his first novel.
Golden State 2017: The Best New Fiction and Nonfiction from California
Author Reading and Showcase!
Sat. May 27th @ 3pm
The first year in L.A. I wrote little and read even less. Which was unfortunate: reading was my only hobby. . .
With incredibly diverse perspectives on life in The Golden State, novelist and critic Lisa Locascio brings together short fiction and nonfiction from acclaimed writers as well as new voices from under-explored environs. Our fourth annual anthology, celebrated in literary communities across the state.
This year's contributors include Alia Volz, Elizabeth McKenzie, William Hillyard, Kara Vernor, Zoë Ruiz, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Kat Meads, Anne-Marie Kinney, Micah Perks, Henri Bensussen, Cheryl Kidder, Ron Gutierrez, Anthony Mohr, Vincent Poturica, Kate Folk, Ashton Politanoff, Rebecca Baumann, BJ Reyes, Patty Somlo, Jasper Henderson, Gary Young, Olga Zilberbourg, Andrea Lambert, Seth Fischer, Elizabeth Hall, Lou Mathews, Susanna Kwan and Lyndsey Ellis.