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Live Talks Los Angeles: Literary conversations with popular authors

Live Talks Los Angeles: Literary conversations with popular authors

Ever wonder how novelists are treated at the Oscars? At a Live Talks Los Angeles event on Monday, Colm Tóibín dished on his experience attending an Academy Award after his novel Brooklyn was made into a film. “If you’re a star up for an Oscar, you go in one door, and if you’re a just a novelist … you go in another door. And it’s not just the red carpet. There’s no carpet!” Colm Tóibín was paired with arts and cultures writer Scott Timberg for a wide-ranging conversation that covered everything from Brexit to Miro to Irish history to Elizabeth Bishop to Colm’s own latest novel, House of Names. It was a pretty inspiring time — and my first time at a Live Talks Los Angeles event, a speaker series that’s been bringing authors and other thought leaders to L.A. for seven years. And conveniently for me, most of the events happen on the westside; Colm’s event was at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at New Roads School. Sadly I learned of the series only recently — or I would have gone to the conversation between Jami Attenberg and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney earlier this year! Founded and produced by […]

One book review in The Rumpus

One book review in The Rumpus

Can science be sexy? Yes, in stories by Michelle Ross! I wrote a review of her new short story collection, There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, for The Rumpus. Here’s a little excerpt: In the first story of this collection, a girl learns the shocking truth that the world is made of atoms, that “when you get right down to it, it’s all just studs and holes.” Later on the school bus a boy whispers seductively into the girl’s hair: “Man, what else don’t you know?” Read the rest at The Rumpus!

Thank you -- plus two more Cake Time readings this week!

Thank you — plus two more Cake Time readings this week!

Thank you to Rio Hondo College for having me at the Writes of Spring festival! It was an amazing time — A special thanks to Tom Callinan, who organized this annual two-day event. And thank you also to Why There Are Words — Los Angeles for letting me read from Cake Time over the weekend too. And last but not least — Thank you to Kaya Press for hosting the Pre-Smokin’ Hot Lit Lounge Reading at Other Books! I have two more readings to celebrate the launch of my own novel-in-stories Cake Time this month! First, I’m reading at Santa Monica College. Cake Time: A Reading at SMC Spring Literary Series Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Santa Monica College, HSS 165, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica Yes, the audience will be mostly students, but the event is free and open to the public! I’m planning to read a story that I wrote back when I was an undergrad. Then this weekend, I’ll be at The Window @A.G. Geiger‘s “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” reading. The afternoon will also feature readings from Adam Leipzig, Jessie Jacobson, and Nathan Birnbaum plus musical guests: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg event […]

Come celebrate Cake Time in April: LA, Oakland, Portland, Seattle

Come celebrate Cake Time in April: LA, Oakland, Portland, Seattle

Friends — My debut novel-in-stories, Cake Time, is almost here! April 6, 2017, is the official publication date — and I hope you’ll celebrate with me at one or many of the cakey events next month, the biggest of which is the Los Angeles launch event: Siel Ju reads from her novel-in-stories CAKE TIME with special guests Janice Lee, Victoria Patterson, and Jim Ruland Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles FREE! (Facebook event page) It’ll be really cake time because there’ll be cupcakes, and wine, and other fantastic writers who’ll be reading short pieces about Los Angeles. Please come — whether you plan to get Cake Time from Skylight Books or have already preordered it elsewhere or plan to borrow it from the library or win it on Goodreads — and say hello and eat sweet things. I really, really hope to see you there! I’m also coming to Oakland / San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle — All events are FREE; most will have cake! Oakland / San Francisco Siel Ju reads from CAKE TIME with fellow Red Hen Press authors Andrew Lam and Brynn Saito Friday, April 7, 2017 at […]

Cake Time receives a Kirkus starred review

Cake Time receives a Kirkus starred review

It’s almost Cake Time — and my forthcoming novel-in-stories received a Kirkus starred review! “A promising start for a brave and unapologetically bold new writer,” ends the review. You can read the rest at Kirkus. Early copies of Cake Time will be available at AWP in Washington DC in February — and I’ll be going on a west coast book tour around the book launch on April 6, followed by an east coast book tour in June. The itinerary is still being worked out, but some readings are already listed on my events page, with more to be added soon. Hope to see you your town! Preorder now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Target | IndieBound | Skylight

West Hollywood Women's Book Club: Women connect over books by women

West Hollywood Women’s Book Club: Women connect over books by women

It’s a well-known fact that women read more books than men. Go to any book club or author event, and chances are, women will far outnumber men. One public book club in the L.A.-area has wholly embraced this phenomenon — by going women-exclusive. The West Hollywood Women’s Book Club is dedicated to bringing women together — to discuss books by women! Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board, this book club meets at the West Hollywood Library once a month to discuss books by both local and internationally renowned authors — while providing a space for women to connect with other women. I went to my first book club meeting earlier this month, walking into the modern, spacious community meeting room right at start time. A couple dozen women already sat chatting at white desks — arranged into a large square for easy group discussion. Everyone had a handwritten table name card; the librarian in charge gave me a blank one to fill out. At side tables were coffee, cookies, and advance review copies of various novels, free for the taking! January’s book pick was The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Soon after 7 pm, the […]