Wednesday night at 8 on Bibliocracy, KPFK Radio 90.7 FM: JULIA SWEENEY.
Despite never having never met her until today, my guest’s voice is, for me and my family, so very familiar and welcome, from listening over and over again to the CD of her one-woman performance “Letting Go of God,” as well as “familiar” in the sense of her disarmingly funny, intellectually honest take - as in her newest offering - family. Julia Sweeney needs no introduction, except to say that she has by way of this show and her literary production written some excellent work which flirts with popular culture and drama and still shows the skill of a serious, sincere memoirist. She’s written Letting Go of God, In a Family Way and God Said Ha!, and is in town for this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in support of a new collection of essays: If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother. It’s 24 thematically linked short pieces about her own motherhood, about marriage and love and sadness from a writer and all-around engaged observer who is always figuring things out, funnily, wisely. This weekend is a terrific opportunity to hear her talk about and read from her newest work. She appears on Bibliocracy tonight and on the
Times Stage on Saturday, April 20 at 1:20 at the Festival of Books. Come by the KPFK tent (#210), and watch
Bibliocracy Radio and Ian Masters’ “Background Briefing” live on air Sunday
morning, 10-12. Los Angeles