Start: 3:00 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes author Nora Zelevansky to the store to discuss and sign her debut novel, Semi-Charmed Life, on Sunday, July 15th at 3pm. In Semi-Charmed Life, an Upper West Side naif, Beatrice Bernstein, gets swept up in the seemingly magical life of socialite Veruca Pfeffernoose while ghost-writing her blog. Veruca's opulent world soon seduces Beatrice away from her own insular, arty family with the promise of fancy parties, travel outside Manhattan (for once), and one desperately cute guy. But when her new glitzy lifestyle starts to take on dark undertones, Beatrice has to decide who she really is. Nora Zelevansky deftly explores the universe-unto-itself of Manhattan in this sparkling modern fairy tale of first love, finding one's voice and growing up. Nora Zelevansky's writing has appeared in Elle, Self, InStyle, Town & Country, Style.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Salon.com, Vanity Fair online and Travel + Leisure, among others. A born-and-bred Manhattanite, she now lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.
Start: 7:00 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland presents another installment of the always excellent Poetry Flash, this time with Alicia Suskin Ostriker and Philip Memmer, on Sunday, July 15th at 3pm.Alicia Suskin Ostriker's new book of poems is The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011. Ilya Kaminsky calls it "A Song of Songs, which is not Solomon's but Alicia Ostriker's. A great ages-old hymn to life, to flesh, to memory, is revised again on these pages, with gusto, with passion, with clarity, with eros, with grief." An incisive critic and a major American poet, she has published fourteen books of poems, including The Book of Seventy, The Mother/ Child Papers, and No Heaven. Among her honors are the William Carlos Williams Award, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, and the National Jewish Book Award.Philip Memmer's new book of poems is The Storehouses of the Snow. Alicia Ostriker says, "Bitter and brilliant, ardent and persistent, The Storehouses of the Snow is a book to read - no fooling - alongside the Book of Job. Every poem here made me catch my breath in astonishment at Philip Memmer's bold imagination and the sacred relentlessness of his quest." His previous three books include Lucifer: A Hagiography, winner of the 2008 Idaho Prize for Poetry; Threat of Pleasure, winner of the Adirondack Literary Award for Poetry; and Sweetheart, Baby, Darling.