Oakland - Ryan Gattis Discusses and Signs "All Involved"
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Ryan Gattis to the store to discuss and sign his new crime thriller, All Involved, on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 pm.
At 3:15pm on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted two Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force to subdue civilian Rodney King, and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a third officer. Less than two hours later, the city of LA, a powder keg of racial tension, exploded in violence as people took to the streets in a terrifying orgy of rioting that lasted six days. In 144 hours, sixty lives were lost. And then there were the murders outside of active rioting sites, committed by gangbangers who used the lawlessness of a city on fire to viciously settle scores. A gritty and cinematic work of sourced fiction, All Involved vividly recreates this turbulent and terrifying time through the stories of six interconnected lives caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Focusing on a sliver of Los Angeles during the riots ignored by the media, Ryan Gattis paints a portrait of modern America itself--laying bare our history, our prejudices, and our complexities. Resonant with the voices of former gang members, firefighters, nurses, ex-CHP, grown-up graffiti kids, and others who survived that infamous time, All Involved is a literary tour de force that catapults this edgy writer into the ranks of such legendary talents as George Pelacanos and Dennis Lehane.
Ryan Gattis is a novelist, a lecturer at Chapman University, and Creative Director for the urban art crew UGLAR. He is the author of the novels Roo Kickkick & The Big Bad Blimp; Kung Fu High School, The Big Drop: Homecoming and The Big Drop: Impermanence. He lives in Los Angeles.