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Brandon Christopher

The Work is Hell Book Tour!
Hosted by Conrad Romo;
Producer of Tongue & Groove LA

82 Jobs in 20 Years!  
Meet the Job Pirate 
Brandon Christopher

The Job Pirate
Book Launch Party

Sat. June 13th @ 6pm

I am the man who took your dead grandfather to the morgueI am the man who showed up at your door and tried to sell you that expensive water purifier. I am the man who wrote the dialogue for that porno you just watched. I am the man who served you that peculiar bowl of chili. I am the man who answered the phone when you called the rehab hotline. I am the man who wrote the tantalizing description on the package of glazed salmon filets you just bought. And I probably drove you to the airport in a limousine. I am Brandon Christopher, and collecting careers is what I do for a living. I sail the Seven Seas of shitty jobs while hoisting the flag of The Job Pirate. I have survived 82 jobs at last count, but writing is the only occupation that has ever mattered.” 

From the porn magazine to the moving truck to the dark sewers of California, Brandon Christopher's journey in the American job market is not only absurd, but also full of wit and profound observations. He steps out from behind the driver's wheel, the cash register, and the office desk to record the lighter and darker sides of humanity in the workplace. Christopher's tale makes even the most mundane job seem fascinating and the most exciting career appear hum-drum and hollow. The Job Pirate strips off the façade of the average employee to see what is hidden underneath: ''That new employee that you see hanging his vintage blazer onto the backrest of his swivel chair is me. My cubicle is right next to yours. I don't say much, I dine alone, I drink a lot of coffee, and I know my legal right to two cigarettes in an 8-hour workday. And yes, you were right, I'm not really the Marketing Strategist that I told the boss I was. But I'm sitting here in this cubicle, and the resume that got me this job is in my attaché case right beside me. It clearly states that I have more than enough experience to run this company's entire advertising department and I'll be here between three weeks and a year, so you better get used to the idea.''

The Work is Hell Book Tour!
Meet your Co-Workers!

Novelist Tom Stern
Sutterfeld, You are not a Hero

Charleston Sutterfeld does what people do: shows up to work, tends to assigned tasks, avoids conflict and complication. Sure, he occasionally ponders whether a personal greatness might exist somewhere inside of him — as anyone, he presumes, might naturally wonder. But his life seldom offers occasion to descend to such introspective depths. Until an innocent oversight brings Charleston face to face with an unexpected bit of information about a man known simply as Mr. Twytharp — the revered and reclusive founder of Thundercom Corporation, a company known as the universe's single largest manufacturer of all things material. Housed in a towering 86-floor building, Thundercom has revolutionized business. But as Charleston unwittingly discovers, the lauded humanitarian at the center of the company's success barely resembles — in appearance, at least — the human beings whose culture he has so advanced. Rather than proving his undoing, this discovery brings about Charleston's inexplicable rise to the top of Thundercom's bizarre ranks. His success requires that he keep from asking one simple question. A question he has heretofore seldom asked. A question that is now proving irrepressible. A question that is deeply threatening to the most powerful man-like thing in the global economy.

Charleston Sutterfeld does what people do: shows up to work, tends to assigned tasks, avoids conflict and complication. Sure, he occasionally ponders whether a personal greatness might exist somewhere inside of him — as anyone, he presumes, might naturally wonder. But his life seldom offers occasion to descend to such introspective depths.

Until an innocent oversight brings Charleston face to face with an unexpected bit of information about a man known simply as Mr. Twytharp — the revered and reclusive founder of Thundercom Corporation, a company known as the universe's single largest manufacturer of all things material. Housed in a towering 86-floor building, Thundercom has revolutionized business. But as Charleston unwittingly discovers, the lauded humanitarian at the center of the company's success barely resembles — in appearance, at least — the human beings whose culture he has so advanced.

Rather than proving his undoing, this discovery brings about Charleston's inexplicable rise to the top of Thundercom's bizarre ranks. His success requires that he keep from asking one simple question. A question he has heretofore seldom asked. A question that is now proving irrepressible. A question that is deeply threatening to the most powerful man-like thing in the global economy.

Dasha Kelly
Author & Spoken Word Artist

Dasha Kelly, as a spoken word artist, has performed throughout the U.S., in Canada and appeared on the final season of HBO presents Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam. She is founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative. In 2014, Dasha was selected as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa.  She is the author of five books, her latest is the novel ,"Almost Crimson", published by Curbside Splendor.

Dasha Kelly, as a spoken word artist, has performed throughout the U.S., in Canada and appeared on the final season of HBO presents Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam. She is founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative. In 2014, Dasha was selected as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa.  She is the author of five books, her latest is the novel ,"Almost Crimson", published by Curbside Splendor.

From a young age CeCe copes with her mother's crippling depression, their severe poverty, an absentee father, and her own insecurities. With gorgeous language, a vivid cast of characters, and an eye for poignant detail, Dasha Kelly tells the story of CeCe's struggle to break free from the grips of codependency and poverty to find confidence and success in her career and her personal life, finally becoming the strong woman she's always dreamed of being. CeCe couldn't remember when her mother became too weak to carry anything but tears. When the Sad started to come, pressing her mother to their bed, her Mama cried slick silent tears for a long, long time. Longer than a game of hopscotch. Longer than singing the alphabet in her head five times. Longer than a nap, even. The Sad made her mother cry all the time.

From a young age CeCe copes with her mother's crippling depression, their severe poverty, an absentee father, and her own insecurities. With gorgeous language, a vivid cast of characters, and an eye for poignant detail, Dasha Kelly tells the story of CeCe's struggle to break free from the grips of codependency and poverty to find confidence and success in her career and her personal life, finally becoming the strong woman she's always dreamed of being.

CeCe couldn't remember when her mother became too weak to carry anything but tears. When the Sad started to come, pressing her mother to their bed, her Mama cried slick silent tears for a long, long time. Longer than a game of hopscotch. Longer than singing the alphabet in her head five times. Longer than a nap, even. The Sad made her mother cry all the time.

Poet & Author Erin Parker

Poet Larry Raymond Duncan

Introducing your Work is Hell Host...
Conrad Romo
Producer of Tongue & Groove LA

Earlier Event: June 3
CA Writers Club Open Mic!
Later Event: June 21
Father's Day Reading