On the book tour, people always ask how to get started writing. The trick is to remember two things. The first is to start working. If you have an idea, just do it. Don’t worry is it’s no good. That’s what second drafts are for. The other thing to remember is that you’re going to die. Period. There’s no way around it. Between now and then, what do you want to do with your time? Something you’re passionate about or do you want to play another video game and stay safe?
You want to be a writer? Take the leap and see what happens.
Holey Mosely. Award-winning Walter Mosley visits us on Tuesday, 9/30, to read from Rose Gold, the latest installment of his Easy Rawlins novels—which follow Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, a troubled WWII veteran and accidental private eye operating on the border of African American and white society in LA.
In Rose Gold, we’re in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abduction, and the FBI, State Department, and LAPD turn to Rawlins to resolve a kidnapping orchestrated by the leader of a revolutionary group. A writer New York Magazine once described as a combination of Richard Wright and Raymond Chandler, Mosley’s spare prose and understated observation assimilates elements of mystery into a rich analysis of the complexities of racial identity in postwar LA.
Brook reviewed Mosley’s new novel, along with new books by Saeed Jones, Charles Blow, and Mark Whitaker. Read his reviews here!
See you on Tuesday.
YAY NEW EASY!!
Yesterday, CBLDF opened banned books week with a Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event. Check out the resources on www.cbldf.org to learn more about comics that have been challenged—and how to speak up for freedom of speech.
BANNED BOOKS WEEK THIS YEAR: September 21-27, 2014
Stay tuned to our Tumblr for quotes/cartoons by Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Craig Thompson, Michael Cho, and Marjane Satrapi…
Fight censorship and join the CBLDF (cbldf.org)!
The City of West Hollywood celebrates National Literacy Month in September 2014 by launching a new, free literary-based community event WeHo Reads: Noir and a month of free Saturday programming for adults and children at West Hollywood Library and Park. Day of Noir is September 27th with other Saturday moving screenings during the month of September leading up to that.
For those centered in Los Angeles, this is a fabulous way to celebrate noir literature and film noir together! It is a film series that leads up to a full day celebration of NOIR ITSELF!! What a joy! Hope to see some of you there!
Fk this, I’m movin’ (back) to LA.