This Season’s Perfect Gift? Book Party, Of Course!

So you’re broke again this holiday season?  Wait, don’t cut off all your hair to buy your man a chain for his watch. . . why cut off your lovely locks when you could just bring him to the December 13th Book Party?  With Amina Cain and Jennine Capó Crucet, it’s sure to be a gift that even O Henry would approve of!  So don’t stay home and stare at your sorry tree.  Light your menorah, and come on down to the Mandrake at 7 for good literature, stiff drinks on recession special, hot jams, overly frosted cookies just like your mom made, and some serious holiday cheer.  Oh and did I mention books?  Oh yes.  You better believe we’ll have those too.  Hang out and shop all at once.  Tis’ the season to multitask!

We couldn’t be more excited about the two fabulous writers we’ll be hosting:

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of the story collection How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the UC Irvine Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. Her stories have appeared in Epoch, the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, the Northwest Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of this year’s John Winthrop Prize for Emerging Writers, as well as scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her stories have twice been nominated for the Best New American Voices anthology and she’s been a finalist for the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize for short fiction. Raised in Miami and born to Cuban exile parents, she moved to Los Angeles this past January where she works as a college advisor for the One Voice Scholars Program. She’s also at work on a novel and a new collection of stories.

Amina Cain is the author of I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009), a collection of stories that revolve quietly around human relationality, landscape, and emptiness. She is also a curator (most recently for When Does It or You Begin?  Memory as Innovation , a month long festival of writing, performance, and video) and a teacher of writing/literature. Her work has appeared in publications such as 3rd Bed, Action Yes, Denver Quarterly, La Petite Zine, and Sidebrow, is forthcoming in The Encyclopedia Project and onedit, and was recently translated into Polish on MINIMALBOOKS.  She lives in Los Angeles.

So join us for two incredible readings.  Come.  After all, we’re being incredibly generous.


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