Tales of Falling and Flying Book Launch and Book Landing Party with Celebrated Author Ben Loory
+ Poet Victoria Chang will share her work in conversation with Ben
Saturday Sept. 9th @ 3 pm
“Ben Loory’s stories are little gifts, strange and moving and wonderfully human. I devoured this book in one sitting.” —Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
A dazzling new collection of stories from the critically acclaimed author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for The Day
Ben Loory returns with a second collection of timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor, in the signature voice that drew readers to his highly praised first collection. In stories that eschew literary realism, Loory’s characters demonstrate richly imagined and surprising perspectives, whether they be dragons or swordsmen, star-crossed lovers or long-lost twins, restaurateurs dreaming of Paris or cephalopods fixated on space travel. In propulsive language that brilliantly showcases Loory’s vast imagination, Tales of Falling and Flying expands our understanding of how fiction can work and is sure to cement his reputation as one of the most innovative short-story writers working today.
Ben Loory is the author of the collections Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day and Tales of Falling and Flying, as well as a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, and READ Magazine, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. He is a graduate of Harvard and the American Film Institute and currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
Written in “a breathless kind of fury,” the poems in award-winning poet Victoria Chang’s virtuosic third collection The Boss dance across the page with the brutal power and incandescent beauty of spring lightning. Obsessive, brilliant, linguistically playful—the mesmerizing world of The Boss is as personal as it is distinctly post-9/11. The result is a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind exploration of contemporary American culture, power structures, family life, and ethnic and personal identity.
Victoria Chang is a poet and children's writer living in Southern California. Her fourth book of poems, BARBIE CHANG, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in the fall of 2017. THE BOSS (McSweeney's), won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are SALVINIA MOLESTA and CIRCLE. Her poems have appeared in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Nation, The New Republic, New England Review, and Best American Poetry. She teaches creative writing at Chapman University and the Orange County School of the Arts. Her picture book, IS MOMMY?, illustrated by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster) was a New York Times Notable Book. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.
Geezer Lit Mystery Author Mike Befeler Presents The Death of a Scam Artist
Sunday Sept. 10th @ 3pm
In Death of a Scam Artist, a financial hatchet man who dislikes old people, accepts the job of turning around a failing retirement home and undergoes a life-transforming experience in the world of geezers and geezerettes. He must deal with a suspicious death, a scam, a hit man, an unexpected romance and retired magician Jerry Rhine and his five whacky sidekicks known as the Jerry-atrics. He faces the most important decision of his life when he uncovers the secret behind an unusual murder.
Death of a Scam Artist is a new mystery following six books in the Paul Jacobson geezer-lit mystery series, includingRetirement Homes Are Murder; Living With Your Kids Is Murder, a finalist for the 2009 Lefty Award for best humorous mystery; Senior Moments Are Murder; Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder, a finalist for the 2012 Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2012; Care Homes Are Murder; and Nursing Homes Are Murder. Mike also has five published standalone mystery novels, Court Trouble: A Platform Tennis Mystery, The V V Agency, The Back Wing, Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse and Murder on the Switzerland Trail, in addition to an international thriller, The Tesla Legacy, and a non-fiction book For Liberty: A World War II Soldier’s Inspiring Life Story of Courage, Sacrifice, Survival and Resilience.
Mike Befeler is author of six books in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series: Nursing Homes Are Murder; Care Homes Are Murder; Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder, a finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2012;Senior Moments Are Murder; Living with Your Kids Is Murder, a finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2009; and Retirement Homes Are Murder. He has two published paranormal mysteries: The V V Agency and The Back Wing; a theater mystery titled, Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse<; a historical mystery, Murder on the Switzerland Trail<; a sports mystery, Court Trouble: A Platform Tennis Mystery; and an international thriller, The Tesla Legacy. He also has a non-fiction book titled, For Liberty: A World War II Soldier's Inspiring Life Story of Courage, Sacrifice, Survival and Resilience. Mike is past-president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. After a thirty-nine year business career, he retired into writing. He grew up in Hawaii, spent many years in Boulder, Colorado, and currently lives in Lakewood, California, with his wife Wendy.
Book of the Hidden Book Launch Party with Author Jeri Westerson
Sat. Nov. 11th @ 3pm
After a relationship gone bad in California, Kylie Strange moves to rural Maine for a fresh start. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a supernatural book bricked into the wall of her new tea shop, Strange Herbs and Teas. As soon as she opens the Booke of the Hidden, the quiet town of Moody Bog suddenly becomes a lot more interesting.
First the mysterious and handsome Erasmus Dark shows up unannounced, claiming to be a demon and warning Kylie of untold destruction. She waves him off, until a museum proprietor turns up dead, and the sheriff targets Kylie as a suspect. With the help of Erasmus and a ragtag group of local Wiccans, Kylie unravels the Booke’s secrets, and they begin to believe the culprit is someone―or something―much more sinister than a run-of-the mill human murderer.
Los Angeles native and award-winning author JERI WESTERSON writes the critically acclaimed Crispin Guest Medieval Mysteries, historical novels, urban fantasy (including the upcoming BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN series), and the Skyler Foxe LGBT Mysteries. To date, her medieval mysteries have garnered twelve industry award nominations, from the Agatha to the Shamus. Jeri is the former president of the SoCal chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and frequently guest lectures on medieval history at local colleges and museums.
In these fourteen indelible stories, Richard Bausch once again proves himself a modern master.
From the prize-winning novelist and universally acclaimed short story writer ("Richard Bausch is a master of the short story" --The New York Times Book Review), thirteen unforgettable tales that showcase his electrifying artistry. Bausch plumbs the depths of familial and marital estrangement, the violence of suicide and despair, the gulfs between friends and lovers, the complexities of divorce and infidelity, the fragility and impermanence of love. Wherever he casts his gaze, he illuminates the darkest corners of human experience with the bright light of wisdom and compassion, finding grace and redemption amidst sorrow and regret. Bausch's stories are simply extraordinary.
An acknowledged master of the short story, Richard Bausch has written 11 novels and eight collections of short fiction. He has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Fund Writer's Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story as well as the 2010 Dayton Peac Prize for his novel Peace. Before, During, After - a novel, is forthcoming.
For poet Anna Leahy and scientist Douglas R. Dechow, quintessential children of the Space Age, love for each other and love of space are inseparable. The moon landings, the shuttle program, the prospect of manned travel to Mars: each stop in humanity's journey to space has marked a step in their ongoing love affair with each other and the cosmos. Told by Anna and Doug in alternating chapters, part memoir and part homage to the unquenchable spirit of exploration, GENERATION SPACE is a charming, captivating celebration of the serendipitous power of a shared passion.
Anna Leahy and Douglas R. Dechow wrote Generation Space: A Love Story (Stillhouse Press, 2017). Share your memory of the Space Age at www.generationspace.com.
Leahy is the author of the poetry collections Aperture, Constituents of Matter, and Sharp Miracles.
Her book Tumor will be out in fall 2017 from Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series, and her co-authored book Conversing with Cancer is forthcoming in Peter Lang's Language as Social Action series.
Leahy is the editor and co-author of What We Talk About When We Talk about Creative Writing and Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom. She curates the Tabula Poetica reading series at Chapman University and edits TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics.
Douglas R. Dechow is a Writer, a Science Nerd, and a Librarian. Doug is currently working on his first novel, a cross-country spy thriller set during the Manhattan Project. Doug writes Lofty Ambitions blog with his wife, Anna Leahy. Together, Doug and Anna have previously published in the Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine, the BBC Online, Fifth Wednesday, and Chapman Magazine.
He is the Digital Humanities and Sciences Librarian at Chapman University in Orange, California. He is also the Curator of the Roger and Roberta Boisjoly Challenger Disaster Collection.
Doug earned his master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a doctorate in Computer Science from Oregon State University, a masters in Applied Mathematics from Ohio University, and a bachelors in Physics from Knox College. Despite some curious career choices, none of these schools has asked for their degrees to be returned.
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.
Beyond Two Worlds Book Launch Party & Discussion Meet the Author Marijane Huang
Sunday July 30th @ 3pm
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Marijane was adopted by an American military family at four months old. She grew up in a middle-class neighborhood in the deep South where hers was the only Asian face among a majority of white. Raised to believe she was Vietnamese and Japanese, she never doubted her ethnicity, until one day, she found her lost adoption papers. This discovery unloosed secrets that had been buried for decades, causing her to question her identity. With brave determination, Marijane set out on a quest to reconstruct her past and resurrect a birth heritage that had long been forsaken. Her journey took her halfway across the world to reunite with her birth family and a culture she realized she had longed for her entire life. Beyond Two Worlds is a poignant telling of one woman's search for identity and belonging despite insurmountable odds, and is an inspiring true story for those seeking to connect to their original families.
Marijane Huang is a social work professional and currently works for a non-profit agency in Orange County for at-risk youth and families. A strong advocate for adoptee rights, Marijane has presented on international adoption at the Adoption Initiative Conference at Montclair State University, the Taiwanese American Foundation at Manchester University, and the North American Taiwanese Women’s Association Convention. She authors a blog, Beyond Two Worlds, where she writes about international adoption, identity, race, and culture. She also provides consultation on adoption-related concerns to adoptee groups, parent groups, professional organizations, adoption agencies, and educational institutions. Marijane and her husband live in Long Beach, California with their miniature dachshund, Peppermint, and have one daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, yoga, and frequenting her favorite coffee shops along the California coast.