A nameless fifteen-year-old runs away to Los Angeles, seeking life beyond the harsh constraints of her evangelical upbringing. She is the narrative of her passage, from her escape on a bus through her quiet, determined progress across the city's unforgiving terrain. The journey takes her into and around the lives of Angelinos from all walks: a dancer whose hyperactive sense of smell makes her fiance's presence insufferable; a penniless botanist who earns her keep creating sugar-icing flowers to decorate glamorous wedding cakes she can never afford; a dentist lamenting the abuses done to the teeth of a patient for whom he has cared dutifully. Her odd encounters, set against the backdrop of Los Angeles's flagrant wealth, cast into relief its eccentricities and the everyday trials faced by its collection of lost souls. Together these stories reflect and refract one another, illuminating a poignant, unflinching portrait of loss and the search for identity in its wake.
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 12:00pm
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
DIVERSITY OF DESIRE: Writing Queer Perspectives
A panel moderated by ERIN JUDGE with Catie Disabato, Dan Lopez, and Martin Pousson brings together Southern California's most exciting emerging LGBT voices in conversation about writing novels that feature LGBT characters in diverse contexts and environments, from Louisiana to Chicago to Boston to Florida. Each of these writers deals with the specificities of individual characters and their circumstances, as well as navigating the overarching politics of our society and the evolution of social perspectives.
Dan Lopez, Wendy C. Ortiz, Alex Espinoza, Martin Pousson
Los Angeles-based authors Alex Espinoza, Dan Lopez, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Martin Pousson discuss the ways they found homes for their unique voices and the independent literary communities that champion them, from publishers to bookstores and publications, in LA and beyond.
Join us on March 1st to imbibe and discuss Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM Happy Hour and Book Discussion
Hosted by Dan Lopez
We are happy to be co-sponsoring this month's club with Lambda Literary!
“A young American involved with both a woman and a man. . . . Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candor and yet with such dignity and intensity.” —The New York Times
Dan Lopez is the author of The Show House, named a Best Book of 2016 by Chicago Review of Books, and Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea, a Lambda Literary Finalist for Debut Fiction. His work has most recently appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Storychord, Time Out New York, The Nervous Breakdown and Lambda Literary. He lives in Los Angeles.
Functionally Literate presents:
Kelly Luce, author of Pull Me Under
Dan Lopez, author of The Show House
Saturday, January 21
Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts
1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park
Doors 6:30pm, show 7:15pm
Beer & wine available.
Books for sale by Bookmark It.
Signing to the follow the reading.
Presenting a very special edition of our popular literary salon featuring both selections from some of the 12 original writers from our very first salon, as well as a selection of our newer voices. We’re honored to have special guest Dan Lopez join us for the evening and read from his work. Dan’s work has appeared in The Millions, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Collagist, Storychord, Mary Literary, Time Out New York, and Lambda Literary, among others.