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South Pasadena Author Victoria Patterson

South Pasadena Author Victoria Patterson
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The prose is so accomplished, so effortlessly nuanced and suggestive, that more than once I had to check Patterson’s bio to make sure this was her first book. (It is.) —Michael Leone in 2009 writing for the San Francisco Chronicle about Victoria Patterson’s Drift. The Chronicle chose Drift as one of the best books of […]

Cities

Cities

Cities by William Archila   From the cabin, horse-face Hector, trucker from San Julian, shakes his head in laughter, tells us to get back to work; we load Coca-Cola crates from the truck bed, exhaust buildup clogged in our throats, the iron plate of the midday sun pressing down on our backs, and Paco, with […]

Fig Jam

Fig Jam

by Bill Disselhorst Fiore Market Cafe I didn’t know much about figs until Anne and I started to go to Italy. There I had a couple of very big fig moments. We had a neighbor who lived directly across from the apartment we stayed in. She used to sit on a plastic lawn chair right […]

Author Christopher Lynch Talks Self-Publishing

Author Christopher Lynch Talks Self-Publishing

Los Angeles native Christopher Lynch seems to be a man of many features and angles—part athlete (bicycling enthusiast and mountain climber), part philanthropist (leading 9 blind hikers to Mt. Baldy’s 10,000 foot summit), and part blackmailer. Admittedly, the latter assertion is a characteristic of Lynch’s main protagonist in his fictional series about John Sharp, aka […]

Fur, Latex & Fishnets

Fur, Latex & Fishnets

“I’ll be in fur, latex, and fishnets,” writes poet Nicelle Davis. “You?” Perhaps we need to ask the other poets—Louise Wareham Leonard and MacGillivray with appearances by Tom Janikowski and Kim Dower—what they will sport at The Edison in downtown L.A. on September 2 when Pasadena’s Red Hen Press launches “the first of what hopes […]

Immerse in the Ghostly & the Wicked

Immerse in the Ghostly & the Wicked

We are on teetering on the cusp, about to plunge into year’s end—which means the encroachment of All Hallow’s Eve. As a preview of Unbound Production‘s annual Wicked Lit held on the premises of Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery during the month of October, come hear the company’s “enhanced staged reading” at the Huntington on […]

Zov Comes to Cook

Zov Comes to Cook

Zov Karamardian’s Greek salad recipe has all of the traditional ingredients: cucumbers, plum tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives. Ready for a twist? One-quarter cup of thinly sliced mint and one teaspoon of crushed dried mint. Why both? “It adds an extra layer of refreshing coolness.” The Arboretum’s September Fresh Cooking Class features […]

Teen Sewing with Koalani Walkoe

Teen Sewing with Koalani Walkoe

Do you have a teen who’s never been introduced to a sewing machine, but regularly inspects then comments on the lousy workmanship of today’s clothes? Have a teen who’s already cutting up pants to make skirts, re-designing jackets and button-down shirts, or altering old dresses? If so, the Altadena Library is hosting a new program: […]

Music Makes Magic at the Old Mill

Music Makes Magic at the Old Mill

Built in 1816, it’s been described as the first water-powered grist mill in California, even though apparently the “mechanical marvel” of Franciscan Father José Maria de Zalvidea‘s horizontal, direct impulse water wheel left the subsequent flour damp and the mill only produced for seven years before a “superior” New England-style mill with a vertical waterwheel […]

Forgive

Forgive

    Forgive by Martina Robles Gallegos Two syllables can weigh a ton. What does the word mean? It means to find warmth in the moon and coolness in the sun. It means understanding silent words. It means going past the words that cause pain and holding hands with one who hurt you; giving them […]

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