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WNBA/LA Literary Salon - April 26th, 2015

Please join acclaimed authors Lisa Doctor, Dana Johnson and Meredith Maran as they share their recent books, dealing with race, family, love, and learning a second language in an afternoon of delicious tea sandwiches, desserts and more!

Where: Joan Jackson Residence
When: Sunday, April 26th
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm

R.S.V.P. and Directions: Suzanne Kleinbub -
There is limited seating, so please reserve your spot early by paying below.
Costs: $10 (+ $1 paypal fee) for members ~ $15 (+$1 paypal fee) for non-members/guests

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Featured Authors:

Meredith Maran - A Theory of Small Earthquakes

Meredith Maran is the author of eleven nonfiction books, most recently Why We Write, and the acclaimed 2012 novel, A Theory Of Small Earthquakes. Meredith is a book critic, essayist, and feature writer for People, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, More Magazine, and lots of other publications. Her next nonfiction book, Why We Write About Ourselves, will be published by Penguin in 2016. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Meredith is the doyenne of Casita Artista in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Visit her at and on Twitter at @meredithmaran.

Praise for A Theory of Small Earthquakes...

"A family's world is irrevocably rocked when an old female lover from Mom's past reappears, in Meredith Maran's sexy, audacious, politically charged, and sure-to-be-talked about first novel, A Theory of Small Earthquakes. Ah, l'amour, l'amour." —Vanity Fair

Dana Johnson - Elsewhere, California

Dana Johnson is the author of Elsewhere, California and Break Any Woman Down, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in the literary journals Slake, Callaloo, and The Iowa Review, among others, and anthologized in Shaking the Tree: A Collection of New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women, The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, and California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, California, she is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California where she teaches literature and creative writing. She lives in downtown Los Angeles. Visit

Praise for Elsewhere, California…

"Avery's evolution — a black woman trying to claim her place — is as heartbreaking as it is humorous, powerful as it is poignant, because Johnson so assertively confronts those complexities." —Lynell George, The Los Angeles Times

Lisa Doctor - Accidental Poetry: Improve Your English Through Creative Writing

Lisa Lieberman Doctor is the author of the writing book, Accidental Poetry: Improve Your English Through Creative Writing and the novel The Deflowering of Rhona Lipshitz. She has been working with writers since 1977. Over the years she has served as: a development and production executive at Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, TriStar Pictures (where she was Vice President of Robin Williams' company, Blue Wolf Productions) and several independent production companies; a staff writer on ABC's General Hospital, where she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy and Writers Guild Award; an expert witness in motion picture copyright law; and a writing instructor at the UCLA Writers Program; the California State University; The Esalen Institute; The University of the Balearic Islands; and the TV Writers Fund For The Future. For more info, visit

Praise for Accidental Poetry

"Lisa's creative writing method guided me through new ways of expressing myself that I never thought I would be able to accomplish in English. I highly recommend the experience!" – Federico Leguizamo, Mallorca, Spain, Master of Arts in Cognitive Psychology

LA Writers Conference 2015 Update!
Here...with our evening keynote speaker Nikki Giovanni in the red pants...are most of the members of the LA Writers Conference planning committee. From L to R are Ruth Light, Ana Thorne, Ruth Garcia-Corrales, Rachelle Yousuf, and Cynthia Levin. Missing are Lindsay Lees and Phillip Jordan.

The conference had well over 250 attendees, 20 extraordinary speakers, one-on-one consultations, a pitching boot camp, pitching to agents...all on the beautiful tree-lined campus of Mt St Mary's University. It was a huge success in terms of participation, learning, and inspiration. Our first collaboration for this annual chapter event was fantastic, and if you missed it this year, you can start looking forward to next year's!

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