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Los Angeles, 1992 Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It's the end of senior year and they're spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer. Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley's not just one of the girls. She's one of the black kids.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Disgraced and author of American Dervish, an American son and his immigrant father search for belonging — in post-Trump America, and with each other. A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.
In this raucous meditation, Eileen Myles offers an intimate glimpse into creativity’s immediacy. With erudition and wit, Myles recounts their early years as an awakening writer; existential struggles with landlords; storied moments with neighbors, friends, and lovers; and the textures and identities of cities and the country that reveal the nature of writing as presence in time.
We're so excited to host a reading and chat with Jim Peterson, author of THE HORSE WHO BEARS ME AWAY, Susan Ludvigson, author of WAVE IF YOU CAN SEE ME, and Joshua Rivkin, SUITOR! Viewable on Facebook.com/redhenpress, redhen.org, redhenpress.org, youtube.com/redhenpressbeats, or linkedin.com/company/red-hen-pressDon't forget to pick up copies of these books and all books in our Fall season for 30% off using the code "HenHouseAtHome" here: https://shop.aer.io/red.../cl/HHHome_Fall_Book_Tour/217865 Jim Peterson is the author of six collections of poetry, three chapbooks, numerous plays, and a novel, Paper Crown, published by Red Hen Press and recently made available on Audible. His poetry collection The Owning Stone won Red Hen Press’s Benjamin Saltman Award for 1999. His newest collection, Speech Minus Applause, was released by Press 53 in 2019. His poems have appeared widely in journals including Poetry, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and many others. His stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review, South Dakota Review, and The Laurel Review. A collection of stories, Many Small Fires, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Retired Coordinator of Creative Writing at Randolph College, he is on the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Omaha Low-Res MFA Program in Creative Writing. He lives with his Read More ...
Angie Bullaro and Manon Rhéaume present “Breaking the Ice: The True Story of the First Woman to Play in the NHL”
Join us as we celebrate the launch of Breaking the Ice, the inspiring true story of Manon Rhéaume, the first and only woman to play a game in the National Hockey League. "One day, a woman will play in the National Hockey League. If no one prevents her," said a twelve-year-old Manon Rhéaume. Manon always dreamed of playing hockey. So, when the team her father coached needed a goalie, five-year-old Manon begged for the chance to play. She didn't care that she'd be the only girl in the entire league or that hockey was considered a "boys' sport" in her hometown of Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Canada. All she cared about was the game.
Do You Feel Like I Do? is the incredible story of Peter Frampton's positively resilient life and career told in his own words for the first time. His monu-mental album Frampton Comes Alive! spawned three top-twenty singles and sold eight million copies the year it was released (more than seventeen million to date), and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in January 2020.
Travel to London and retrieve Abigail Fletcher, a 17-year-old in a study abroad program at the prestigious King's College in London. The assignment sounds simple enough. But Abigail's return is put on indefinite hold when she's charged with the murder of her boyfriend, a former student at King's. Nicole believes Abigail has been framed, but the victim's tight-knit circle of friends and relatives are most unwilling to talk to an American detective. Further complicating the case, is Abigail's defiant and uncooperative demeanor.
The problems fracturing the Goss family as Christmas approaches are hardly unique, though perhaps they are handling them a little differently than most people might. But then a true emergency arises, one with the potential to not only ruin Christmas, but everything holding the family together. Is the arrival of a lost puppy yet another in the string of calamities facing them, or could the little canine be just what they all need Perfectly sized (and priced!) for stockings, A Dog’s Perfect Christmas is a beautiful, poignant, delightful tale of what can happen when family members open their hearts to new possibilities. You’ll find love and tears and laughter—the ideal holiday read.
Join Lynell George as she discusses her new book A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler with Ayana A.H. Jamieson. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe—how to be in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger. Author Lynell George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself—her unique process of self-making. It’s about creating a life with what little you have—hand-me-down books, repurposed diaries, journals, stealing time to write in the middle of the night, making a small check stretch—bit by bit by bit. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky draws the reader into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer.
Winner of the 2020 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize, Jessica Abughattas's Strip is a captivating debut about desire and dispossession and that tireless poetic metaphor--the body. Audacious and clear-eyed, plainspoken and brassy, Abughattas's poems are songs that break free from confinement as they span the globe from Hollywood to Palestine.
It’s 2066, and a Nigerian detective investigates a mysterious illness that is killing his fellow psychics in Tade Thompson’s Rosewater.
Most days, Masha Maximow was sure she'd chosen the winning side. In her day job as a counterterrorism wizard for an transnational cybersecurity firm, she made the hacks that allowed repressive regimes to spy on dissidents, and manipulate their every move. The perks were fantastic, and the pay was obscene.
A comic portrait of the months immediately following the 2016 election, Shelter in Place is also a meditation on the unreliable appetites--for love, for power, for freedom--by which both our public and private lives are shaped.
In northeast Los Angeles, wildfires rage and coyotes stalk the neighborhood streets. The wind blows heavy with smoke and, inside a rented bungalow on hilly Lemoyne Street, the air grows heavy with something else.Ropey closes his checking account and transfers his net worth to his sock drawer. Megan sharpens pencils and chops produce to obsession. Lyle tightens his grip on his girlfriend Egypt, whose growing dependence makes her question everything, especially Lyle. And Captain America, the cat of the house, finds his orange coat giving way to a nest of bleeding sores. As the fires burn ever closer, will the four friends wake up to their false paradise?
L.A. Times Festival of Books presents The Honorable Jerry Brown and Jim Newton, Author of “Man of Tomorrow,” in Conversation with Gustavo Arellano
Jerry Brown, the iconoclastic former governor of California, presidential candidate and mayor of Oakland, will join biographer Jim Newton, a former editor at large of the L.A. Times and author of Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown in a conversation about his storied life in politics. The L.A. Times’ California Columnist Gustavo Arellano will guide their discussion.
Matthew McConaughey in conversation with John Grisham discussing his memoir, “Greenlights” Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST Matthew McConaughey in conversation with John Grishamdiscussing his memoir, “Greenlights”This event premieres on October21 at 6pm PST/9pm EST$37 includes a book with signed book plate (shipping included and books ship week of October 26)From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfactionAcademy Award–winning actor Matthew McConaughey is a married man, a father of three children, and a loyal son and brother. He considers himself a storyteller by occupation, believes it’s okay to have a beer on the way to the temple, feels better with a day’s sweat on him, and is an aspiring orchestral conductor. In 2009, Matthew and his wife, Camila, founded the just keep livin Foundation, which helps at-risk high school students make healthier mind, body, and spirit choices. In 2019, McConaughey became a professor of practice at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Minister of Culture/M.O.C. for the University of Texas and the City of Austin. McConaughey is also brand Read More ...
We’re reading experimental author Myriam Gurba’s witty memoir Mean, about mixed race & sexual identity, violence, and trauma.
The Armory and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College invite you to celebrate the release of Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe. This virtual publication lauch program will feature conversations with special guests, poetry readings, and a festive toast as we unveil the most comprehensive publication on Saar to date. Participants include Alison Saar and scholar Christina Sharpe with key representatives from both institutions who will read poems included in the catalogue. Saar will conclude the event with a libation created live, followed by a ceremonial blessing. The libation recipe will be provided to guests who RSVP for the event.
When Aneesha returns to Chicago for the summer, all she wants to do is write and carouse with friends. Maybe rekindle things with her old flame, Whitney, who has a serious new job and relationship. Aneesha weaves through dance parties, dive bars, and all-night Mexican joints on her bike, but keeping old friends is complicated in this charming debut novel from Kamala Puligandla.
Galaxy "Alex" Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale's freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she's thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world's most prestigious universities on a full ride. What's the catch, and why her?
Red Hen’s first-ever virtual gala!The event will run from 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m.PT on October 25, 2020, via the Zoom platform. We are providing an immersive digital experience, using breakout rooms to give guests time with our featured authors. The regular programming will showcase Red Hen’s place in the literary community with performances from local students, a silent auction, and readings by presenting authors Allison Joseph, Aimee Liu, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin. Tickets start at $50 via https://one.bidpal.net/redhen26/welcome
An afternoon with Bill Nye & Gregory Mone discussing their book, "Bill Nye's Great Big World of Science" Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Sunday, October 25, 2020, 3:00pm PST/ 6pm EST An afternoon with Bill Nye & Gregory Mone discussing their book, "Bill Nye's Great Big World of Science" The event is free to register to watch, and you can purchase a signed book when you RSVP. $38 includes a book with signed book plate (shipping included and books ship week of November 2.) The must-have, everything-you-need-to-know science book from every kid’s favorite science educator, Bill Nye Bill Nye is a New York Times–bestselling author, mechanical engineer, and television host best known for his television show Bill Nye the Science Guy. He splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. Gregory Mone is a New York Times–bestselling author and science journalist who has written several books for children, including the Jack and the Geniuses series, coauthored with Bill Nye. He lives in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Science educator, TV host, and New York Times–bestselling author Bill Nye is on a mission to help kids understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Featuring a range Read More ...
Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she's known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community's past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block--her neighbor Theo.