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See you at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 3/1 (or in Mexico / La Verne)

See you at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 3/1 (or in Mexico / La Verne)

I’ve never been to Mexico, but that’s about to change. Next week, I’m heading south to San Miguel de Allende for the San Miguel Writer’s Conference and Literary Festival. The event features literary luminaries like Sandra Cisneros and Rita Dove — plus a workshop by me! Will you be there?…...
Boxwalla Book Box -- Feb 2018 giveaway

Boxwalla Book Box — Feb 2018 giveaway

If your 2018 goal was to get out of a reading rut, you’re in luck. This month’s giveaway is a Boxwalla Book Box that’ll introduce you to new, unexpected, international reads! In case you missed my previous rave about Boxwalla Book Box: This subscription box service promises to send you…...
January book reviews: Fire & other dangers

January book reviews: Fire & other dangers

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level of my enjoyment: Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro (Grove Press, 2018) “I admit that unless something is forbidden I cannot want it…...
Patty Yumi Cottrell gets evasive with invasive questions

Patty Yumi Cottrell gets evasive with invasive questions

Every month, I interview an author I admire on her literary firsts. Los Angeles lost another great writer to New York when Patty Yumi Cottrell moved back to the east coast last year. But the author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace, this month’s giveaway, got a lot of writing done…...
Chiara Barzini says fiction is your secret lover

Chiara Barzini says fiction is your secret lover

Every month, I interview an author I admire on her literary firsts. Coming-of-age stories set in Los Angeles: It’s a subgenre of sorts that’s growing in size, that holds within it wildly different books. I love these L.A. stories so much I wrote one myself — and read with a…...
15 Literary journals for Los Angeles writers

15 Literary journals for Los Angeles writers

Get to know your local literary journals, and you’ll get to know your local literary community. Literary journals not only publish the work of local writers, but also hold readings where you can meet the readers, authors, and editors — as well as offer opportunities to get involved. Here are…...
Best coffee shops for writers in Los Angeles: Central LA

Best coffee shops for writers in Los Angeles: Central LA

Picky writers can’t just go to any coffee shop. We need good working spaces with comfy chairs and tables. We need decent wifi and electric outlets for our laptops. We (or at least I) need good reading light. And we like to be able to hang for a few hours…...
6 Best Book Clubs in Los Angeles

6 Best Book Clubs in Los Angeles

If you long to discuss books you love — in real life, outside the confines of Amazon reviews and Goodreads comments — make joining a local book club a resolution. Here are six to check out — For girls who brunch: L.A. Girly Book Club With most of the regulars…...
Get Your Free eBook: A Guide to Literary Los Angeles

Get Your Free eBook: A Guide to Literary Los Angeles

So you’re lit-curious. Maybe you’re a young writer thinking about signing up for your first poetry workshop. Or maybe you’re already an established novelist planning to visit Southern California. Or maybe you just love reading books, and want to meet other bibliophiles. Or maybe you’re a writer simply looking for…...
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See you at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 3/1 (or in Mexico / La Verne)

See you at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 3/1 (or in Mexico / La Verne)

I’ve never been to Mexico, but that’s about to change. Next week, I’m heading south to San Miguel de Allende for the San Miguel Writer’s Conference and Literary Festival. The event features literary luminaries like Sandra Cisneros and Rita Dove — plus a workshop by me! Will you be there?… read more

Boxwalla Book Box -- Feb 2018 giveaway

Boxwalla Book Box — Feb 2018 giveaway

If your 2018 goal was to get out of a reading rut, you’re in luck. This month’s giveaway is a Boxwalla Book Box that’ll introduce you to new, unexpected, international reads! In case you missed my previous rave about Boxwalla Book Box: This subscription box service promises to send you… read more

January book reviews: Fire & other dangers

January book reviews: Fire & other dangers

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level of my enjoyment: Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro (Grove Press, 2018) “I admit that unless something is forbidden I cannot want it… read more

Patty Yumi Cottrell gets evasive with invasive questions

Patty Yumi Cottrell gets evasive with invasive questions

Every month, I interview an author I admire on her literary firsts. Los Angeles lost another great writer to New York when Patty Yumi Cottrell moved back to the east coast last year. But the author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace, this month’s giveaway, got a lot of writing done… read more

See you at Vermin on the Mount San Diego 1/20!

See you at Vermin on the Mount San Diego 1/20!

I realize this is rather late notice, but I’m reading from Cake Time tonight Vermin on the Mount San Diego and would love to see you there! What: Vermin on the Mount San Diego When: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 7 pm Where: La Bodega Gallery, 2196 Logan Ave., San Diego.… read more

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell -- Jan 2018 giveaway

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell — Jan 2018 giveaway

What I love most about Patty Yumi Cottrell’s writing: the sudden moments of humor within the bleakest of moods: A little self-knowledge can be a very productive thing, I said to no one. I am a very productive person, I said as I opened the windows of my shared studio… read more