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“Part noir, part romance, and part three-ring circus, The Fainting Room is filled with secrets: secret lives, secret desires, even secret skin. Like a high wire act, Strong keeps us on the edge of our seats, turning pages as quickly as we can and rooting for her three damaged, complicated, wonderful characters to succeed.” Diana Wagman, author of The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets “What happens when you throw a lonely, blue-haired sixteen-year-old nihilist with a pet iguana, a tattooed former circus-performer cum manicurist, and a wealthy architect into one household for a summer? In Sarah Pemberton Strong’s deft hands, you get one hell of a good read.” Lambda Literary Review “Part detective story, part mystery, Strong’s second novel (after Burning the Sea) delivers complex, entertaining characters and will attract readers who enjoy genre-blending, cutting-edge fiction.” Library Journal Sarah Pemberton Strong is the author of the novel, Burning the Sea, and a collection of poems, Tour of the Breath Gallery, winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Award. She is the poetry editor for New Haven Review, and her poetry has appeared in journals such as The Southwest Review, The Southern Review, Cream City Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, RATTLE, and The Sun. She lives in Connecticut with her spouse and daughter.
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Brentwood - Diane Leslie's Book Group with Author discusses "The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets"
The best part? Diana Wagman will be joining in the discussion!
Winnie Parker, mother to an angst-ridden teenage daughter and ex-wife to a successful game show host who left her for a twenty-something contestant, begins a normal day in her humdrum existence by dropping her car off at the repair shop. After accepting what she believes is a ride to pick up her rental car, Winnie realizes too late that she's been kidnapped.
What follows is a riveting psychological game of cat and mouse set in the kidnapper's tropically heated house--kept that way for Cookie, a menacing seven-foot long Iguana headquartered in the kitchen. While desperately seeking to escape--which leads to several violent clashes with her increasingly unstable kidnapper--Winnie also tries to understand why she was taken captive. Is her kidnapper merely seeking a ransom or does he have something more sinister in mind? When the truth reveals itself, Winnie is not only forced to fight for her life, but must also protect the lives of those she loves from the kidnapper's deranged master plan.
From a PEN Award-winning Diana Wagman, The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets is an engrossing, darkly humorous, edge-of-your-seat story. It explores the dynamic between kidnapper and kidnapped, bizarre reptile lore, and the absurdity of the celebrity lifestyle.
Diana Wagman is the author of three novels and numerous short stories, essays and reviews. Her second novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction. She is also a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times.
There is a $20 fee for this event.
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Meet Author Diana Wagman: The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets
Author Event Diana is the author of three novels and numerous short stories, essays and reviews. Her second novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction. She is also a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times. From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Arrive ea (tillagd från Barnes & Noble)… (mer)
PEN Center USA presents LUCILLE LANG DAY, ERIKA SCHICKEL, SUSAN STRAIGHT, and DIANA WAGMAN
Lucille Lang Day, author of the memoir Married at Fourteen: A True Story, has published creative nonfiction in The Hudson Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Passages North, River Oak Review, Willow Review, and many other journals. She is the recipient of the Willow Review Award in Creative Nonfiction and a Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays. She is also the author of a children’s book, Chain Letter, and eight poetry collections and chapbooks, including The Curvature of Blue, Infinities, and The Book of Answers. Her first poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope, received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She received an MA in English and an MFA in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and also an MA in zoology and a PhD in science and mathematics education at the University of California, Berkeley. The founder and director of a small press, Scarlet Tanager Books, she also served for seventeen years as the director of the Hall of Health, an interactive children’s museum in Berkeley. Erika Schickel is an essayist, humorist, playwright, solo performer, teacher, and columnist. Her essays and commentary have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and LA City Beat. She was a book critic for the Los Angeles Times and Bust Magazine. Her 2007 book You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom was a People Magazine and WalMart pick. She is the author of the award-winning radio drama Wild Amerika produced by LA Theatre Works for The Play’s the Thing and continues to perform her one-woman shows and readings around Los Angeles. She currently writes the “I On LA” column for LAobserved.com. Susan Straight’s new novel Between Heaven and Here is the final book in the Rio Seco trilogy. Take One Candle Light a Room was named one of the best novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Kirkus, and A Million Nightingales was a 2006 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her novel Highwire Moon was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. Her short story "The Golden Gopher" won the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story. She has published stories and essays in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Salon, Zoetrope, Black Clock, and elsewhere. She is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. She was born in Riverside, California, where she lives with her family, whose history is featured on susanstraight.com. Diana Wagman is the author four novels, as well as numerous short stories, essays, and reviews. She is an occasional contributor to the Los Angeles Times. Her second novel, Spontaneous, won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction in 2001. Wagman also wrote the original screenplay for Delivering Milo, directed by Nick Castle and starring Bridget Fonda and Albert Finney. Her new novel, The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, will be released in November 2012. PEN Center USA, a literary nonprofit based in Beverly Hills, has a membership of more than 600 professional writers. PEN Center USA strives to protect the rights of writers around the world, to stimulate interest in the written word, and to foster a vital literary community among the diverse writers living in the western United States. PEN Center USA has a long, successful history planning literary events in and around Los Angeles; special programming has taken place at the Hammer, Hotel Café, Largo at the Coronet, the Echo, Actor’s Gang, the Saban Theatre, the Pacific Design Center, and the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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