Events

 

Thursday, November 29, 12 noon EST, 9 a.m. PST
Live interview on internet radio show “A Taste of the Past”
Live interview with Linda Pelaccio, host of “A Taste of the Past,” which airs on internet radio station HeritageRadioNetwork, based in Brooklyn, NY. Linda puts together a show about all things food that’s both erudite and casual. Here’s the website for her show: http:/​/​www.heritageradionetwork.com/​programs/​36-A-Taste-of-the-Past.

 

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Thursday, December 13, 2012, 7 p.m.:
Glendale Public Library, 222 E. Harvard Street, Glendale, California 91205, (818) 548-2030

 

This is the first event I’ll do for “Creamy and Crunchy,” which will be published a bit less than three weeks earlier, on November 27. This event has an interesting genesis: one of the librarians at Glendale Public has the same masseuse I do (Linda Ferrero, who works in the Atwater section of Los Angeles, and who is a masseuse par excellence). In effect, Linda passed notes between the two of us and the event was born.

 

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.:
Mid-Manhattan Public Library, 40th St. and 5th Ave., 6th floor
New York, NY 10016, (212) 340-0837

 

This will be part of the prestigious “Lunchtime: NYC” lecture series, whose speakers have included Mark Kurlansky, Andrew F. Smith and others. This event came into being after librarian Deborah Hirsch ran across a promotional display for “Creamy and Crunchy” at Columbia University Press’s booth at Book Expo America (the national trade show for the publishing industry, at Manhattan’s Javits Center in June) and thought it would be a good fit for the series.

 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 7 p.m.:
Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101, (626) 449-5320
Vroman’s is the grand-daddy of Southern California independent bookstores, and is a plum location to do a reading and signing. I’ve been a customer there since I was in college, have participated in their book groups, taken a creative writing class there and did a reading for my second book there. Having been a customer and a student there, it’s nice to return as an author.

 

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Thursday, February 7, 12:15 p.m. (TENTATIVE)
Thursdays@​Central
Los Angeles Central Library, 630 West Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, (213) 228-7000
This is an intermittent series of lunchtime readings by LA authors. Sheryn Morris, a stalwart of the Literature and Fiction Department and a friend, was instrumental in setting this up. Park under the library, entering on Flower Street. If you have an LA Public Library Card, parking will be MUCH cheaper.

 

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April 19-21
Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock, AR
The Arkansas Literary Festival has been held every April for the last 10 years in Little Rock. Not only would they like me to appear as a speaker, but — the magic words — they’re going to pay for my travel and lodging. I haven’t been in Arkansas since 1977-78 when I had a rather, ah, interesting eight-month run as a copy editor at the Texarkana Gazette, which is located on the Texas-Arkansas boundary (literally: one side of Stateline Avenue is in Arkansas and the other is in Texas). Skippy’s only U.S. plant is in Little Rock, which probably helps to explain ALF’s interest in having me speak. I’ll post more information about this as it becomes available.

 

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Saturday, May 2013, 10 a.m.:
Culinary Historians of Southern California
Los Angeles Central Library, 630 West 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, (213) 228-7000

 

CHSC is the leading group of culinary historians in Southern California. They meet one Saturday morning every month; following the event, attendees repair to the Central Library’s patio for snacks related to the theme of that day’s talk. I’m planning on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using the best bread, peanut butter and jelly I can find. These sandwiches were a hit at the December 2011 meeting of the Southern California section of the Biographers’ International Organization (BIO).

 

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