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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 […]

Thank you west coast! And more Cake Time in LA

Thank you west coast! And more Cake Time in LA

Thank you to everyone who came to my readings in Oakland, San Francisco, Portland, Bellingham, and Seattle last week! Thanks especially to Brad Johnson at Diesel Oakland, Charlie Jane Anders of Writers With Drinks, Kevin Sampsell at Powell’s Books, Kelly Magee at  Western Washington University, the good people at Village Books, and Christine Texeira at Hugo House — as well as Book Soup and Stories in Los Angeles, where I read over the weekend — And more thanks to everyone who read with me: Angela Palm, Brynn Saito, Andrew Lam, Corinne Manning (above right), Tara Atkinson (above left), Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Elizabeth Powell, Meredith Alling, Miranda Tsang. Couldn’t make it to any of those readings? Then I really hope I’ll see you at one of the events coming up this week in the LA area! If you’re a morning person, come to the Writes of Spring Festival in Whittier: Writes of Spring Festival Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8 am Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, Calif. — or come by that night to also hear Antonia Crane, Paula Priamos, Peg Alford Pursell, and Rob Roberge: Why There Are Words Los Angeles (Facebook event page) Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7pm 1614 […]

Five Firsts: Me on voyeurism, desire, identity

Five Firsts: Me on voyeurism, desire, identity

So usually I post a monthly interview with an author I admire whose book I’m giving away. But since I’m giving away my own Cake Time this month to celebrate its publication, I’ll take this opportunity to link to interviews with me in other places and hope that you won’t think that’s too narcissistic! These are both amazing lit zines that deserve your time and attention. Thank you to the interviewers for featuring me and my work — __ Michelle Ross at Fiction Writers Review: This sensation of watching one’s life from outside the self, like it’s a theatrical performance, is a running theme in your book. And I think it’s a sensation to which we can all relate to some extent or another. Would you talk a little bit about this in terms of your novel as a whole? Why does this topic interest you? Me: …. I think it’s because this sense of watching one’s life from outside the self seems very self-effacing — in a I-cannot-bear-to-be-truly-present-for-this-experience-type manner–yet simultaneously, very self-indulgent — in a I-like-to-spend-my-time-watching-film-clips-of-myself kind of way. It’s both an erasure of the self and an obsession with the self. More at Fiction Writers Review. __ Shilpa Argawal […]

Thank you LA! Now Cake Time in Oakland (4/7) and San Francisco (4/8)

Thank you LA! Now Cake Time in Oakland (4/7) and San Francisco (4/8)

First, thank you to everyone who came to Skylight Books in Los Angeles last night to celebrate the launch of Cake Time! And thank you to the amazing people at Skylight Books! Your being there meant so much to me — And a special thanks to the amazing writers who read with me: Janice Lee, Victoria Patterson, and Jim Ruland! And if you live in the Bay Area, I hope to see you this weekend! I’ll be reading twice, first in Oakland — Siel Ju reads from CAKE TIME with Andrew Lam and Brynn Saito (Facebook event page) Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7 pm DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland — then in San Francisco, where I’ll be reading with Hari Kunzru, Kate Erickson, Shelley Wong, Eileen Gunn and Ilana C. Myer — Writers With Drinks (Facebook event page) Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco Thank you to Charlie Jane Anders for organizing this series. See you soon NoCalians! Next week I’ll be at Powell’s in Portland and Hugo House in Seattle. I hope to see you there Pacific Northwesterners!

April giveaway: Cake Time!

April giveaway: Cake Time!

*** Winner selected! Congratulations to John in Quincy, Mass! *** This month’s giveaway is my own book! After many years of wanting and waiting, I’m beyond excited and grateful that Cake Time is finally coming into the world on April 6, 2017. When people ask what my book is about, I say this: Cake Time is about a smart girl who makes risky choices about men and sex in Los Angeles. Here’s a longer description: Daring yet aimless, smart but slightly strange, Cake Time’s young female protagonist keeps making slippery choices, sliding into the dangerous space where curiosity melds with fear and desires turn into dirty messes. In “How Not to Have an Abortion,” the teenaged narrator looks for a ride from the clinic between her AP exams. In “Easy Target,” the now-college-grad agrees to go to a swingers party with a handsome stranger. A decade later, in “Glow,” she is suddenly confronted by the disturbing and thrilling fact of her lover’s secret daughter. Ultimately, Cake Time grapples with urgent, timeless questions: why intelligent girls make terrible choices, where to negotiate a private self in an increasingly public world, and how to love madly without losing a sense of self. […]