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Join us for our April 30th Literary Tea!
Join acclaimed authors Kerry Kletter, Nina Revoyr, and Rufi Thorpe as they share their novels—stories that explore coming-of-age and the intersection of geography and identity—during an afternoon of lunch buffet and desserts.
Where: Joan Jackson Residence in Brentwood, CA
There is limited seating! Please reserve your spot early by paying on our website.
Costs: $10 (+ $1 processing fee) for members - $15 (+$1 processing fee) for non-members/guests
Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Flintridge Bookstore.
Kerry Kletter, The First Time She DrownedKerry Kletter has had a lifelong passion for story. She holds a degree in literature and has an extensive background in theater, having appeared in film, television, and onstage.
When not writing, Kerry can be found surfing, running, working with animals, or singing loudly in her car while stuck in LA traffic.
A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Kerry now lives in Santa Monica, California, with her partner, screenwriter David Zorn. The First Time She Drowned is her debut novel.
About The First Time She Drowned:
But freedom is a poor match against a lifetime of psychological damage. As Cassie plumbs the depths of her new surroundings, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie's childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is real? And more important, whose life must she save?
A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.
Nina Revoyr, Southland
Nina Revoyr was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white American father, and grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of five novels: The Necessary Hunger, Southland (an Edgar Award finalist), The Age of Dreaming (a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize), Wingshooters (an O: Oprah Magazine's "Book to Watch For"), and most recently, Lost Canyon.
Southland depicts a young woman in the process of learning that her own history has bestowed upon her a deep obligation to be engaged in the larger world. And in Frank Sakai and his African-American friends, it presents characters who find significant common ground in their struggles, but who also engage each other across grounds—historical and cultural—that are still very much in dispute.
Moving in and out of the past—from the internment camps of World War II, to the barley fields of the Crenshaw District in the 1930s, to the streets of Watts in the 1960s, to the night spots and garment factories of the 1990s—Southland weaves a tale of Los Angeles in all of its faces and forms.
Rufi Thorpe, Dear Fang, With Love
Rufi Thorpe received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. Her first novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar, was long listed for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her second novel, Dear Fang, With Love, was published by Knopf in May 2016. She lives in California with her husband and two sons.
About Dear Fang, With Love:
Skillfully weaving family mythology and Lithuanian history with a story of mental illness, inheritance, young love, and adventure, Rufi Thorpe has written a wildly accomplished, stunningly emotional book.
WNBA/LA Centennial Celebration at Skylight Books
In honor of Women’s National Book Association’s 2017 centennial anniversary, WNBA/LA is proud to present:
Bookwomen Speak: WNBA Centennial Visionaries Series Jade Chang and Natashia Deón In Conversation with Lisa Mecham
Writer, poet, and literary enthusiast Lisa Mecham will engage critically acclaimed authors Jade Chang (The Wangs vs. The World) and Natashia Deón (Grace) in a discussion on writing, stories, and community and inclusion in literary spaces.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21st, 7:30 p.m.
PARKING: There's street parking outside and a metered parking lot behind the bookstore.
This event is free and open to all.
Please RSVP to Liz Donatelli at [email protected].
We hope to see you there!
Jade Chang is the debut novelist of The Wangs vs. the World from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has worked as an arts and culture journalist and editor for publications like the BBC, Metropolis, Glamour, and The Los Angeles Times Magazine. She was recently an editor at Goodreads. Her first paying job after college was as a researcher for the J. Peterman catalog. (Yes, where Elaine worked on Seinfeld—it's real!)
Jade is the recipient of a Sundance Arts Journalist fellowship, the AIGA/Winterhouse Design Criticism Award, and a Squaw Valley Writers Workshop scholarship. She lives in Los Angeles. www.thewangs.com
Natashia Deón is a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nominee and author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Grace (Counterpoint Press), which was awarded the 2017 First Novel Prize by the American Library Association's Black Caucus (BCALA), was named Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, a New York Times Top Book 2016, a Book Riot Favorite Book of 2016, The Root Best Book of 2016, and an Entropy Magazine Best Book of 2016. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, LA Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, Rattling Wall, and other places.
A practicing attorney, law professor, and creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit, Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, Prague's Creative Writing Program, Dickinson House in Belgium, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside--Palm Desert. www.natashiadeon.com
Lisa Mecham writes a little bit of everything and her work has appeared in Amazon's Day One, Mid-American Review, BOAAT, Word Riot, and The Rumpus, among other publications. The Toast spotlighted her as a "Writer on Fire."
Lisa has served as an editor, advisory board member, and reader for such literary magazines as Origins, The Scofield, and Tin House. A former social worker, she writes grants for social justice oriented nonprofits.
A Midwesterner at heart, Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters where she's finishing a memoir about mental illness in the suburbs; think: The Shining meets Revolutionary Road. She's also working on a collection of poems called Dead Women, about women she's known or known of, who've met untimely, violent deaths. www.lisamecham.com
Join us for our Second Annual SUMMER READING EVENT!
You’re invited to our second annual curated Summer Reading Event at Flintridge Bookstore on the must-read books of the season.
Flintridge Bookstore’s booksellers will present their picks for the most engaging women’s fiction, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction titles to add to your to-read lists. Be prepared to take notes and to ask questions!
Recommended titles will be available for purchase, as well as a large stock of adult and children’s books, bookish gifts, greeting cards and reading accessories.
Immediately following the presentation, members are invited to mix ‘n’ mingle at the in-store coffeehouse. The menu consists of light snacks, lunch items, and assorted beverages.
WHEN: Sunday, June 4, 1:00-2:00 P.M