Feb.

6

7 p.m.

An Evening with Novelists Attica Locke & Ivy Pochoda

In conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Attica Locke’s latest novel Bluebird, Bluebird was named as Best of 2017 book by The New York Times, Washington Post, and Financial Times. Her pervious novel, Pleasantville, was the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was also long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction. Her first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her second book, The Cutting Season, is a national bestseller and the winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. A former fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab, Locke has worked as a screenwriter as well. Most recently, she was a writer and producer on the Fox drama, Empire. She is currently in development with FX to turn Bluebird, Bluebird into a television show. She serves on the board of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.

Ivy Pochoda is the author of the the critically acclaimed novels Wonder Valley and Visitation StreetWonder Valley was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. Visitation Street was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Huffington Post, Self, andHouse & Garden. Her first novel The Art of Disappearing, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009. She teaches creative writing at the Lamp Arts Studio in Skid Row. Ivy has a BA from Harvard College in Classical Greek and an MFA from Bennington College in fiction. Ivy grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in West Adams, Los Angeles with her husband Justin Nowell.

 

 

 

 

 

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Buy tickets for the Feb. 6 event.

Cost: $15, which includes nibbles & sips.

Please note: We begin at 7pm sharp.
Latecomers risk losing their seats and may enjoy standing-room only.
No refunds.


March.

20

7 p.m.

An Evening with Nonfiction Authors Karen Karbo & Dinah Lenney

In conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Karen Karbo is the author of multiple award-winning novels, memoirs, and works of nonfiction.  Her “Kick-Ass Women” series includes Julia Child Rules (2013), How Georgia Became O’Keeffe (2011), and the international bestseller The Gospel According to Coco Chanel (2009).  Her work has appeared in ElleVogueEsquireOutside, The New York TimesSalon, and other magazines. Her new book is In Praise of Difficult Women — Life Lessons from 20 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to kick ass being the Difficult Woman she is.

Dinah Lenney wrote The Object Parade and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir and co-edited Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction with the late Judith Kitchen. Her essays and reviews have been published in a range of publications including The Paris Review Daily, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Alimentum, The Washington Post, AGNI, and Creative Nonfiction, and she serves as a senior editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as on the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars MFA program. The co-author of Acting for Young Actors, Dinah most recently played Frannie-the-Building-Inspector on Showtime’s “Shameless.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cost: $15, which includes nibbles & sips.

Please note: We begin at 7pm sharp.
Latecomers risk losing their seats and may enjoy standing-room only.
No refunds.


Joshua Mohr at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series & Salon

If you didn’t make the event with Josh last week, or if you did and you want to relive it, check out Chelsey Drysdale’s write up on her blog, right here.


May

16

7 p.m.

An Evening with Fiction Writers

In conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Join us on May 16 when David Francis and other fiction writers (TBA) visit the Pen on Fire Speaker Series to discuss the art, craft, and business of writing.

David Francis, based in Los Angeles, spends part of each year back on his family’s farm in Australia. He is the author of The Great Inland Sea, published to acclaim in seven countries, and Stray Dog Winter, Book of the Year in The Advocate, winner of the American Library Association Barbara Gittings Prize for Literature and a LAMBDA Literary Award Finalist. He has taught creative writing at University of California, Los Angeles, Occidental College and in the Masters of Professional Writing program at University of Southern California. His short fiction and articles have appeared in publications including Harvard Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, Southern California Review, Best Australian Stories, Australian Love Stories, Los Angeles Times and The Rattling Wall. Film rights to his novels have been sold in France and the United States. He is Vice President of PEN Center USA. His new novel is Wedding Bush Road and will be the focus of our talk.


Buy tickets for the May 16 event.

Cost: $20, which includes nibbles & sips.

Please note: We begin at 7pm sharp.
Latecomers risk losing their seats and may enjoy standing-room only.
No refunds.


Write up of speaker series event with Elizabeth Marro and T. Jefferson Parker

In case you missed it, writer Chelsey Drysdale did a detailed write-up. Right here.


Recap of speaker series/salon with Bret Anthony Johnston, Aline Ohanesian, and Lisa Glatt

Essayist and editor Chelsey Drysdale wrote this incredibly detailed recap of last Tuesday night’s event.  If you were there and didn’t take notes, or if you weren’t there but wish you had been, check out her blog. Right here. Thank you, Chelsey!


Author T. Jefferson Parker, two-time guest of the
Pen on Fire Writers Salon:

T. Jefferson Parker T. Jefferson Parker's new novel, The Jaguar "What a terrific evening with you at the gallery. You've got some really fine readers/writers/fans. It was an enjoyable night for me. I felt much appreciated and not a little spoiled!"

- T. Jefferson Parker
featured author at the Pen on Fire Writers Salon
January 18, 2011

Comments from Pen On Fire Writers Salon Attendees

"Thanks for Tuesday evening with Heidi Durrow and Danzy Senna. I hesitated when I paid my $20, as I was not sure this was the program for me. When I arrived to realize I was the only man, I was convinced of it. The only thing I remembered was that by far the majority of writers and readers are women. But I was committed, and sitting by the wall; leaving wasn't an option. But then the authors started talking and reading. Wow! It was then that I knew why I came. I listened to every word. And each word was valuable.

—Frederick R. Andresen
www.fandresen.com

Past guests include authors, literary agents, and editors: Bret Anthony Johnston, Chris Bohjalian, Lisa See, Dani Shapiro, Seth Greenland, Diana Wagman, Jillian Lauren, Dana Johnson, Martin J. Smith, Susan Straight, Tatjana Soli, Jess Walter, Pam Houston, Suzanne Redfearn, Jane Porter, Anita Hughes, Kaira Rouda, Betsy Amster, Stacy Berlein, Eric Puchner, Claire Bidwell Smith, James Brown, Dinah Lenney, T. Jefferson Parker, Merrill Markoe, Karen Karbo, Heidi Durrow, Danzy Senna, Taylor Martindale, Sally van Haitsma, Elise Capron, Katie Arnoldi, Marisa Matarrazo, Lisa Fugard, Andrew Winer, Dan Smetanka, Dennis Palumbo, Daniel Pyne, Aimee Bender, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Jill Marr, Stacy Chilton Weiss, Gary Phillips, Mary Castillo, Martin J. Smith, Patricia McFall, Ron Carlson, Tod Goldberg, Victoria Patterson, Carolyn See, Norman Ollestad, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Kelly Sonnack, Debra Ollivier, Aline Ohanesian.