It’s already summer — or at least it feels like it — and the summer reading lists are coming out! I’m overjoyed that Cake Time is on Newport Mercury’s list — Fictional encounters: 12 books to take you away this summer: Wendy Fontaine writes that “Ju’s writing is witty, blunt and entirely unsentimental, which makes this book a lot of fun to read.” Thanks Wendy! I’m honored to be in such great company — with Edan Lepucki (who blurbed Cake Time!), Elizabeth Strout, and George Saunders! If you add Cake Time to your own summer reading list, I’d love it if you reviewed it on Goodreads, Amazon, or on your own blog, like my friend Zandria did. Thanks Zandria! What else are you reading this summer?
The West Coast tour happened in April, but the East Coast mini Cake Time tour is still coming up! But first, I have one reading in Los Angels before flying east. I’ll be one of the guest readers at Lauren Eggert-Crowe’s Bitches of the Drought Chapbook Release Party. It’s free, it’ll be fun, and all sales of chapbooks will go to support progressive causes: Bitches of the Drought Chapbook Release Party Monday, June 5, 2017, 8 pm Stories Books and Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles Then I’ll be in Brooklyn, New York — where I’ll get to read with fellow Red Hen Press authors Ellen Meeropol and Amy Hassinger: An Evening with Red Hen Press (Facebook event page) Thu, June 8, 2017, 7:30 pm Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., Brooklyn Then I’ll be visiting Philadelphia for the first time, to read with poet Celeste Gainey: Siel Ju reads with Celeste Gainey (There will be cake!) Sunday, June 11, 2017, 2 pm Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia I’d love to see you there! I’ll also be in Toronto mid-June visiting my writer friend Marilyn Duarte and doing tourist things and am planning a small meetup and […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]