Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘local authors’


Another Darko Dawson Mystery

Another Darko Dawson Mystery
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Many of the reviews of Wife of the Gods mention that if you “like” The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency then you’ll “love” Dr. Kwei Quartey’s first novel. Nothing against Alexander McCall Smith, but it’s a bit like “apples and oranges.” This is what we wrote in early 2013 about Pasadena resident Kwei Quartey’s most recent mystery novel at […]

Life’s Own Colors Darken

Life’s Own Colors Darken

Words slather with mucus, too much eating Crocodile meat. Words splatter against a sky once light as bisque cups holding hope. Now, life’s own colors darken, by word-stains of politicians from whose lexicon flee words like “justice, integrity, humanity, and the phrase “Do unto others,” hides under a rock somewhere, looking for Mars, Venus, or […]

Representing Ourselves: Giving Voice to the Latinas We Know

Representing Ourselves: Giving Voice to the Latinas We Know

Désirée Zamorano and Isabel Quintero at two Latinas who are raising their voices. The National Endowment for the Humanities has partnered with the American Library Association, allocating $1.48 million to support Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, “a public exploration of the rich and varied experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States […]

Jeanne Kelley: The Portable Feast

Jeanne Kelley: The Portable Feast

We first met Jeanne Kelley when she was asked to be a panelist for the inaugural LitFest Pasadena in Central Park, spring of 2012. At one point, we had to drop off materials at her home, a modern cement box nestled into the hillside that upon entering is a marvel. Instead of simply receiving what […]

The Secret of Marie

The Secret of Marie

The Secret of Marie is the third book by former Altadena resident Rebecca Bricker. We first met Bricker after the publication of her debut work, Tales From Tavanti: An American Woman’s Mid-Life Adventure in Italy. From nonfiction, Bricker leaps into a historical novel, “an art history mystery set in Monet’s Giverny.” Well, that tweaks our interest; recalling […]

Little Flower’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

Little Flower’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

  Our hearty, slightly giddy (chocolate swooning!) thanks to Christine Moore and Cecilia Leung of Little Flower Café and Bakery—and publisher Prospect Park Books, which has just released Little Flower Baking—for sharing their flourless chocolate cake recipe.   Flourless Chocolate Cake From Little Flower Baking by Christine Moore & Cecilia Leung (Prospect Park Books, 2016)   […]

Rachel Harper—This Side of Providence—at Vroman’s

Rachel Harper—This Side of Providence—at Vroman’s

We met novelist, essayist, poet, and teacher Rachel Harper in January 2013 at a party for Prospect Park Books’ authors. She was an interesting woman with whom it was easy to talk, so we didn’t hesitate too much before we asked if she would contribute to Hometown Pasadena’s “Write Here” category for poetry and short […]

Micro Fiction

Micro Fiction

Thanks to Paula Johnson… Rose City Sisters will publish a new 100-word story every day in March. Micro fiction contributors include local novelists Petrea Burchard (Altadena), Margaret Finnegan (South Pasadena) and Bonnie Schroeder (Glendale), as well as more than two dozen writers from the U.S. and Canada. The site also publishes flash fiction, which are stories […]

El Diablo Bailarín

El Diablo Bailarín

This story made Ma want to be a good girl and made me afraid of sin.   When I was a kid growing up in East L. A., I couldn’t get enough of Ma’s cuentos. Her Mexican folk tales with their moral lessons and warnings of disaster used to scare the hell out of me. […]

Moustafa, Montgomery, Aimée, Tim & Bock

Moustafa, Montgomery, Aimée, Tim & Bock

We know the known names: Janet Fitch, Naomi Hirahara, Denise Hamilton, Michelle Huneven, Ron Koertge, and Attica Locke—just to name a few of the acclaimed local authors in our midst. On February 21, Vroman’s Local Author day introduces us to five authors we may know nothing about, but maybe should. Kevin Montgomery was born and […]

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