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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Monday, April 21 - LA Times Book Review Editor David Ulin




When he is not writing reviews or editing the Los Angeles Times Book Review, David Ulin is the author of three books: Another City: Writing from Los Angeles, a groundbreaking anthology of contemporary LA writers; Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which surveyed the historical record of literary LA, from Helen Hunt Jackson to Evelyn Waugh to Mike Davis; and, most recently, The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Predictions and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, a personal exploration of the 1994 Northridge quake and a kind of geo-spiritual primer on living in earthquake country. Ulin is a tireless booster of LA writers and a real advocate for reading, book culture and literacy in his position as editor of one of the nation’s outstanding weekly book reviews, indeed one of the few book reviews still published by a major daily newspapers. Today I talk with Ulin about Los Angeles writing, the Book Review, next weekend's Festival of Books , the LA Times Book Prizes and, most importantly, what he’s reading and recommends.

2 comments:

Joanna said...

Hi, writing to communicate to you about a discussion related to faith and reason that will be occurring Saturday 3 pm at the LA Times Book Festival, featuring Dr. Obery Hendricks, Clyde Young and Erin Aubry Kaplan - moderated by Harry Lennix. "Religion, Atheism and Black People" The panel will discuss the questions - Is religion an enslaving or a liberating ideology for Black people? What is the role of religion and the Black church in the history and present day reality of Black people in America-from slavery to Katrina-as many seek an end to oppression and a better world. Sponsored by UCLA's Academic Advancement Program and Insight Press. Saturday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. at James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA For more information call: (323) 836-3473.

Andrew Tonkovich said...

Thanks, Joanna. Lots of great panels, inluding this one. SM Review will once again host a booth ("Santa Monica College/Santa Monica Review") as will KPFK. Folks should stop by and say hello.