If you’re going to be in Los Angeles on September 16th and are looking for something to do, this might be the event for you…
From Daniel Olivas…
As writers know, birthing a book is hard. Not as hard as the many things that life throws in front of us, but artistically speaking, it ain’t easy. Why? Well, we toil in the privacy of our studies, kitchens, dining rooms, or wherever else we write our books. Then we spend time (sometimes years) trying to place our manuscript with a publisher who will respect our vision and produce a nice looking physical and/or electronic version of our words.
And if all goes well and your manuscript finds a home, it will go through further editing, then designed and typeset. And after you’ve done all that in collaboration with your publisher, you fill out the author’s questionnaire and turn over your master list of potential reviewers and bookstores that might carry your book and host a reading.
Oh, I almost forgot: BLURBS! If you’re lucky enough to know several writers who are willing to read the galleys of your book and offer some kind words of praise that will adorn the back cover, you must confirm blurb writers. I am very blessed in this regard.
Then you and your publisher will decide on a birthday for your book.
Well, I’ve done this nine times so far. I’ve written seven books, and edited two. Each one made its way into the world with the help of many, and they each hold important and mostly good memories for me as a writer.
This year, I will birth two books. As shown by the lovely flyer that heads this post, my latest short-story collection, The King of Lighting Fixtures (University of Arizona Press), will come into this world on Mexican Independence Day at Other Books in Boyle Heights. As a lifelong Angeleno who grew up in Koreatown and whose father lived in Boyle Heights for a portion of his childhood, the venue for the launch is particular special.
The book launch is co-presented by The New Short Fiction Series which is run by the talented, hardworking Sally Shore. This means that actors will be reading a few selections from my collection, so this will make the evening that much more special. And the event is FREE!
I paste below the blurbs for The King of Lighting Fixtures (thank you, blurbers!).
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