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Thanks for a Fabulous March Book Party

May 21, 2010

Thanks to Steve Da Jarnatt & Edan Lepucki for truly incredible readings, and thanks to the huge crowd that showed up to hear them.  What a fun evening, with so much literary love in the air!  And thanks to Scotch Tape for being a soldier through a mixer issue, and making the music for the night a hit all the same.  Photos and more on this March 14th event soon to come, but for now, a big thanks to all involved.  Stay tuned for more on our next event, Sunday, June 6th with Michelle Huneven & Patrick O’Neil.


March 14th: Book Party with Edan Lepucki & Steve De Jarnatt

February 8, 2010

We’ve got an awesome March Book Party in store for you, dear reader.  Two up and coming LA writers are reading and will undoubtedly leave you breathless with amazement and joy.  Seriously.  More to come on this thrilling literary date soon, but for now, a little bit about these soon to be famous March guests:

Edan Lepucki was born and raised in Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has published fiction in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Meridian, Narrative Magazine, and FiveChapters, among others, and she’s a regular contributor to The Millions, a books and culture website. She won the 2009 James D. Phelan Award for her recently-completed novel manuscript, Days of Insignificance and Evil, and she has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Ucross Foundation.  She is the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles, private writing school for the brave, enthusiastic and talented.

Steve De Jarnatt grew up in the small logging town of Longview, Washington. He has new work in the fall issue of Santa Monica Review and Citron Review. His story, Rubiaux Rising, was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2009, guest edited by Alice Sebold.  He is new to fiction, having just completed the Creative Writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles after a long career as a writer and director in film and television. The indie cult film, Miracle Mile, among many credits. He currently dwells in Los Angeles.

Holiday Book Party: December 13th with Amina Cain and Jennine Capó Crucet

November 24, 2009

Book Party is thrilled to have two amazing Los Angeles writers reading on Sunday, December 13th.  Amina Cain, author of I Go to Some Hollow, and Iowa Prize Winner Jennine Capó Crucet, author of How to Leave Hialeah.   We’ll have much more on this exciting evening soon, but for now, mark your calendars for the 13th for cocktails, cookies, and serious literary stimulation.

In the meantime, Book Party would like to mention how much it misses LA literary hero, Liz Anderson!  She moved away to Minneapolis with her husband Scott to pursue all sorts of interesting things, but we miss her like crazy at Book Party.  We know you had to go, but things just aren’t the same without you!

Thanks for a Burning Hot September Book Party!

October 24, 2009


A very belated thank you to all who came out to make September’s Book Party such a delightful evening!  First and foremost, thanks to Richard Lange and Dennis Fulgoni for both being so charming and treating the crowd to truly top notch work.  And a huge thanks to Susan and Scott for all the help and the incredible photos, and to Small World Books as well, for coming and bringing those beautiful copies of This Wicked World.  Our next Book Party event will be on December 13th, so check back here for details, but we promise, it will beat the pants off of any holiday celebration around.  Literature, drinks, and no terrible arguments with your uncle about heath care reform!  So mark your calendars for December 13th, and we’ll be in touch with the line up very soon, dear reader.


September 13th: Shelter from the Fire

September 7, 2009


Hey, put down that extinguisher and come on over to the Mandrake on Sunday, September 13th.  We can promise with almost one hundred percent certainty that the bar will not be on fire.  Oh, but the night will be!  Dennis Fulgoni will start things off with new work and Richard Lange will follow that up with a reading from his new novel, This Wicked World, a Los Angeles literary thriller about some bad dogs, some even worse people, some good people, too and love and forgiveness.  This book can’t stop collecting praise.  Here is just a small sampling:

From the LA Times review of This Wicked World, “Lange is incapable of creating a character that isn’t memorable. Even the most minor are indelibly sketched. The hard-luck denizens of a high desert gas station linger long after the story has left them behind.”  And from the New York Times, “Where did they go, those lost souls that Richard Lange captured with such pitiful clarity in his 2007 story collection, Dead Boys? The cross-wired Los Angeles drifters and grifters from that book would fit right in at the Tick Tock restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard, where Jimmy Boone is tending bar in Lange’s terrific first novel . . .”

In honor of the dog days of Santa Ana season, we’ll have Greyhounds on special, DJ Orb will be kicking out the jams and Small World Books will be on hand with copies of This Wicked World. And did I mention cookies?  Yes.  There will be cookies.  And on top of everything else, we’ll have two incredible writers reading some amazing work.  So you’d be crazy not to be there, too, dear reader.

So, to review:

WHAT:  Book Party Fall Debut with Dennis Fulgoni and Richard Lange

WHEN:  Sunday, September 13th at 7:00 pm

WHERE:  The Mandrake, 2692 South La Cienega Blvd, between Venice and Washington (there is no sign- the building is on the east side of the street, white with blue trim)

WHY:  Because we’re crazy about good writing.  And because who doesn’t need a chance to think about something other than Los Angeles burning?  Besides, we all know what The Great Fire was really about.  So come and do as Shirley would do.   Use the fire as metaphor.


Extra special thanks to sculptor Jamey Morrill for lending the incredible image from his performance piece at the top of the page, Bitch and Ball, to Book Party.  We are ever so grateful.

June 21st with Patty Seyburn and J. Ryan Stradal

June 3, 2009

Book Party is back this June and  we’re doing things a little differently, just to keep you on your toes.  We’ll be hosting two amazing writers with us on the third Sunday this month, instead of the second.  Why the third?  Why not?  Poet Patty Seyburn will be joining us to read from her new book Hilarity and up and coming writer J. Ryan Stradal will be telling us a story.  It should be a literary delight, so mark your calendars, and we’ll have more details here soon.  

In the meantime . . . two Los Angeles writers you simply won’t want to miss.

Patty Seyburn’s third book of poems, Hilarity, won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press (Western Michigan University, 2009). She has published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998) which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award for 2000. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Connecticut Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast and Western Humanities Review. Seyburn grew up in Detroit, earned a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. She is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband, Eric Little, and their two children, Sydney (8) and Will (6).


J. Ryan Stradal is from the second-oldest town in Minnesota but has lived most of his adult life in Venice Beach. He has been published in Hobart (for which he received a Pushcart Prize nomination), McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Written By, and Student Traveler, and was a 2008 Kirkwood Prize finalist at UCLA. He also writes product copy for the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, volunteers for the literary nonprofit 826LA, works as a Senior Story Producer on the Discovery series Deadliest Catch and plays in a band called Super Duper.


Thanks for a Superb May Book Party

May 19, 2009


Chris Abani rocked the house with a variety of work for the Book Party crowd, some of which involved siamese twins battling it out for survival in Las Vegas.  Emily Rapp blew us away with a sneak peak at her novel in progress.  Small World brought the books, DJ Orb brought the noise, and Joan Crawford appeared to freak us all out at the mother’s day Book Party.  Thanks to all for coming out and making the night a literary success!


We’ll have more info very soon about the next Book Party engagement . . . just a little something to get you through the long, hot summer.  In the meantime, December Book Party guest Brendan Constantine’s new book of poetry, Letters to Guns, is out from Red Hen Press and garnering stellar reviews, so make sure to pick up a copy!


April 2, 2009


Here at Book Party we’re living the high life on Spring Break for April!  But we’ll be back on Sunday, May 10th with Chris Abani (WOO HOO!)  and more!  See you then!

Sunday, March 8th: A Night Without Ramen

March 2, 2009

February has become March, and what are you doing? Staying home making Ramen Surprise again? While MFK Fisher would certainly be impressed with your steadfast ingenuity, we at Book Party feel you deserve to go out and have a little fun, even in the midst of a full blown economic crisis! Come by Book Party for a much needed escape. Adam Cushman and Joshuah Bearman will take your mind on a trip, anywhere but here. Greyhounds will be on special, the cocktails, not the dogs, though honestly, we’d love to offer each and every one of you your very own Greyhound dog to take home as a much needed loyal and skinny companion in these hard times. But instead, we offer you the music of DJ Orb, plus alcohol and cookies, which will also keep you warm. And good stories. And literary camaraderie. So come over at 7:00 this Sunday. We’ll be there for you.



January 6, 2009


And oh what a happy year it looks to be here at Book Party.  Sadly, we won’t see you until February  8th as we won’t be holding an event in January as we planned.  Please forgive us, we’re writers!  We’re still working on the organizational aspect of this whole thing.  Instead, we promise a very exciting, TWICE AS NICE evening for February 8th so please stay tuned – things are on high literary alert around here.  Until then. . . have you read any good books lately?  Please tell us about them in the comments section.  We’re looking for good, new reads for this much needed new year!