Start: 5:00 pm
Diane Leslie's Book Group with Author meets to discuss Dana Johnson's debut novel, Elsewhere, California, on Thursday, September 13th at 5pm. The best part? Dana Johnson will be joining in the discussion! We first met Avery in Break Any Woman Down, Dana Johnson's award-winning collection. In Elsewhere, California, Avery and her family escape the violent streets of Los Angeles to a more gentrified existence in suburban West Covina. This average life, filled with school, trips to 7-Eleven to gawk at Tiger Beat magazine, and family outings to Dodger Stadium, is soon interrupted by a past she cannot escape, personified in the guise of her violent cousin Keith. "Beautifully wrought. A contemporary Bildungsroman with a wise and winning heroine at its heart." --T.C. Boyle Dana Johnson is the author of Break Any Woman Down, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California. There is a $20 fee for this event.