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2019 Featured Authors

 

Chia-Chia Lin

“Chia-Chia Lin has written a novel of such strange, brittle beauty as to resemble nothing else so much as living, itself. Her prose—at once poetic and lucid, by turns darkly comic and haunting—achieves something like the peculiar grammar of loss. I turned the last page with heartache and wonder, a feeling of having been undone and remade.” —D. Wystan Owen

 

 

Laila Lalami

“Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they’ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of character here for Nora and Jeremy. The narrative is good from many points of view but theirs is the heart of this story and what a beautiful beating heart it is.” —Roxane Gay

 

Tommy Pico

Junk is a true American odyssey, complete with a reluctant hero who defies all odds to survive…. This is poetry of the highest order, on the level of a pop song, with the crystalline visions of a seer. I consumed it greedily, repeatedly, and am forever changed because of it.” —Jenny Zhang

 

 

 


 

2018 Featured Authors

 

Fatimah Asghar

If They Come for Us is a beautiful book of poems that, as powerfully and deeply as any book I’ve read in a good while, wonders about, explores, and laments our many inheritances of violence, which are also inheritances of sorrow, and the ways those inheritances reside in our bodies and imaginations. And yet, the wonder of this book is the way that throughout the anguish and sorrow and rage, despite it, there is tenderness. There is sweetness. There is care. This book reminds us: These, too, are our inheritances. These, too, are our heirlooms. These, too, we must pass along.” —Ross Gay

 

 

Erica Garza

“[A] bracing chronicle of erotic dependency… exquisitely visceral and written with genuine emotion… A provocative sojourn through the wilderness of sexual addiction.” Kirkus Reviews
 

 

 

Lynell George

After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame is the result of this award-winning journalist’s years of contemplating and writing about the arts, culture, and social issues of Los Angeles, always with an emphasis on place and the identity of the people who live in—or leave—LA. As a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly, Lynell George explored place after place that makes the city tick, met person after person, and encountered the cumulative heart of the city.

Morgan Jerkins

“Morgan Jerkins is a star, a force, a blessing, a scholar and a critic, and now can add great American essayist to that list! I found myself sighing, nodding, gasping, laughing, and crying while reading this collection–but mostly cheering!  We can all sleep well at night knowing this country will inherit heart, mind, and soul like this. It’s safe to say I’ve never read anyone this young–barely at quarter life!–who can understand herself, those around her, past and present, with such dignity and clarity and generosity. Intersectionality in America is dissected, investigated, celebrated and challenged all without being pedantic or preachy or pretentious. And Jerkins is the sort of benevolent intellectual you want to spend time with–who will never lie to you, but also will never let you lie to her. I’ve long known that feminism and arts and media owe so much to the excellent work of black women and This Will be My Undoing is yet another testament to that.” —Porochista Khakpour 

 

 

Clifford V. Johnson

“Best Science Books of 2018! How do you discuss big, hair-hurting ideas in a user friendly way? Make a graphic novel about them. For me, the most original, creative and magical science book of 2017. Yes, it was last year’s book. But I didn’t read it until this year. And I cannot leave it out.” —Ira Flatow

 

 

 

 

Lydia Kiesling

The Golden State is a perfect evocation of the beautiful, strange, frightening, funny territory of new motherhood. Lydia Kiesling writes with great intelligence and candor about the surreal topography of a day with an infant, and toggles skillfully between the landscape of Daphne’s interior and the California desert, her postpartum body and the body politic. A love story for our fractured era.” —Karen Russell
 

 

R.O. Kwon

The Incendiaries probes the seductive and dangerous places to which we drift when loss unmoors us. In dazzlingly acrobatic prose, R.O. Kwon explores the lines between faith and fanaticism, passion and violence, the rational and the unknowable.” —Celeste Ng
 

 

Julayne Lee

“Through the lens of her experience, Julayne Lee reveals in these poems the trauma of adoptees, the blindness of the world to their suffering, and the truths we must understand in order to do the work of ending a practice that sees children as profit.” ―Beau Sia
 

 

 

Darnell L. Moore

“Darnell Moore is doing something we’ve never seen in American literature. He’s not just texturing a life, a place, and a movement while all three are in flux; Darnell is memorializing and reckoning with a life, place, and movement that are targeted by the worst parts of our nation. He never loses sight of the importance of love, honesty, and organization on his journey. We need this book more than, or as much as we’ve needed any book this century.” ―Kiese Laymon

Bethany C. Morrow

“In the world of Bethany C. Morrow’s imaginative and gloriously written first novel, MEM, a memory might have a life of her own. This novel imagines an alternate past where memories can be extracted and turned to flesh, a premise that unfolds with intrigue and wisdom from this writer’s fertile imagination. Don’t miss this exciting debut that will change the way you think about memories.” —Tananarive Due
 

 

 

Patrick Nathan

“A very different literary thriller, one in which the mystery is not who killed the victim, but how those who kill might live with what they’ve done… Some Hell becomes a canny and terrifying moral fable about our new and old American ways of both being together and missing each other.” —Alexander Chee
 

 

Ece Temelkuran

“Who knew they still wrote books like this? Gloriously immersive, filled with details of family life, childhood and love that had me in tears. Epic and miniature; funny and terrifying; it’s everything I want in a book. What a lucky reader to pick this up!” —Andrew Sean Greer
 

 


 

2019 Featured Events

 

April: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

 

February: Writers Week 2019 at UC Riverside

 


2018 Featured Events

 

February: Reading — Voices from Leimert Park

 

March: Are You Your Body? A Conversation

 

May: The AfroFuturism Book Club Launch

 

August: Are You Your Mind? A Conversation

 

September: PBS SoCal Reads

 

September to October: LAMBDA LitFest Los Angeles

 

November: Southern California Poetry Festival 2018