May 10th: Book Party Wants to Mother You

abanirappblog2Readers!  Why haven’t you called?  And what do you mean you aren’t visiting next weekend?  Sure, you can take your dog back if you want to break your father’s heart.  Riding your bike to work?  On those busy streets?  Do you think that’s a good idea?   Well you know your father, he’s so nervous about the markets, so we just took the bus from the airport to the hotel last weekend in Boston, even though my foot hasn’t totally healed from my operation.  Yes, even with the cast.  Oh, and I went to the pharmacy and bought you disposable masks.  I fed-exed them.  Overnight.  You know, since you’re so close to Mexico.  You never know.

Just kidding!!!  We will only mother you in the good way!  We are so thrilled to be back for our May 10th event.  Emily Rapp and Chris Abani will both be on hand to delight you with new work and help you recover from that three hour brunch with your Mother in Law.  We know it’s been a hard year.  We’d like to take care of you for a little while.  Things get rolling around 7, so come by the Mandrake for a couple of excellent bedtime stories, a little bit of music, a few stellar cocktails and home baked treats, and some serious literary love.  We’ll make you feel special!  We promise.

Now, for a little more about our two fabulous writers!

EMILY RAPP:  Emily Rapp is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir. Her work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Body + Soul, Good Housekeeping, the Texas Observer, the Los Angeles Times, the Best Creative Nonfiction, and other publications. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for Emerging Women Writers, and the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence Award at Bucknell University. She has received recognition for her work from the Corporation of Yaddo, the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Atlantic Monthly,the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the James A. Michener Center at the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a fellow in fiction and poetry. She teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University-Los Angeles and is currently at work on a novel.




CHRIS ABANI:  Chris Abani’s prose includes Song For Night (Akashic, 2007), The Virgin of Flames (Penguin, 2007), Becoming Abigail (Akashic, 2006), GraceLand (FSG, 2004), and Masters of the Board (Delta, 1985). His poetry collections are Hands Washing Water (Copper Canyon, 2006), Dog Woman (Red Hen, 2004), Daphne’s Lot (Red Hen, 2003), and Kalakuta Republic (Saqi, 2001). He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize & a Guggenheim Award.



What?  You’re too busy, you say?  Too stressed to come out for Chris Abani and Emily Rapp?  Grace Paley says, “That’s bullshit!  I raised two small children while writing The Little Disturbances of Man.  Just come and don’t worry about the little things, like doing your hair.”  Big love to all the literary mamas out there, who create other worlds while taking care of others.  Moms rock! 




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