The New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Orchid Thief talks with musician Ben Arthur about her music, inspiration, distraction, adaptation, and her new book about the Los Angeles Public Library fire in 1986.
Writing about trauma is sometimes called “navel-gazing,” particularly for women writers. An essayist and memoirist confronts this stigma, and calls on writers to explore their personal traumas and truths.
Book Soup is located on the world famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. The bookstore has been serving readers, writers, artists, rock and rollers, and celebrities since it was founded by Glenn Goldman in 1975. With over 60,000 titles, specializing in art, film, photography, music, controversial nonfiction, and literary fiction, the shop hosts author events and is open daily.
Founded in 1974, Changing Hands Bookstore is an independent community bookstore and online bookseller that gives a portion of its proceeds to local schools and over two hundred local, national, and international charities and service organizations. A second location, in Tempe, was opened in 1998. The bookstores host frequent author readings and signings, writing classes and workshops, and other literary events. The Phoenix branch of the bookstore also has the First Draft Book Bar, which serves beer, wine, coffee, and food, and hosts a happy hour book club.
Main Street Books has been an independent book provider for over twenty years. In addition to books, patrons can purchase a multitude of gift items, including greeting cards, bookmarks, journals, card games, and children’s toys. Main Street Books also coordinates several author events per month, both at the store and with the St. Charles City-County Library District. They have hosted local favorites as well as national bestseller authors.
Established in 1984, Politics and Prose is an independent bookstore and cafe in Washington D. C. that hosts regular author events, readings, and writing classes throughout the year.
The Spoken Word Club of Laguna Woods is a place for writers, poets, playwrights, monologuists, and storytellers to read their work and develop new material. In our monthly meetings, members have an opportunity to read and hear others. There is a featured reader every month. Guests are welcomed to listen or read ($2 charge for guests per meeting). Light refreshments at the Redwoods Room in the Community Center on El Toro on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1pm-3pm.
Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin offers a thirty-day residency between late March and early May to an emerging poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer at James Baldwin’s former home in Saint-Paul de Vence, France. The resident is provided with lodging in a private home in the center of a village, which includes a writing studio and full kitchen with food for daily breakfasts. Daily lunches or dinners will be offered through partnerships with local restaurants and host families.
Saint-Paul de Vence James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence Program, La Maison Baldwin, 3 rue de l’Eglise, St Paul de Vence, France, 06570. Shannon Cain, Executive Director.
American Poetry Review editor David Bonanno has died; a new anthology of African American folktales; unpublished Zora Neale Hurston book to be released in May; and other news.