Thursday, May 27, 2010

An Evening with Aimee Bender and Michael Jaime-Becerra

Join us on Tuesday, June 8, for an evening with novelists Aimee Bender and Michael Jaime-Becerra.

Aimee Bender is the author of four books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a New York Times Notable Book of 1998; An Invisible Sign of My Own, a Los Angeles Times pick of 2000; Willful Creatures, which the Believer selected as a best book of 2005; and a new one: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, The Paris Review, Tin House, and more, and has been heard on "This American Life" and "Selected Shorts." She's a graduate of the UCI MFA program and lives in L.A., where she teaches creative writing at USC.

Michael Jaime-Becerra is a native of El Monte, California, a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. In 2004, his debut collection of inter-related short stories, Every Night Is Ladies' Night, was published by Rayo, the Latino imprint of HarperCollins. Ladies' Night garnered glowing reviews from critics nationwide and was also named to lists of the year's best books by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. It was also awarded a California Book Award for a First Work of Fiction. In 2005, The California Report, a statewide radio program, named Jaime-Becerra one of ten Californians to watch in the next decade, a distinction that recognizes the unique nature of his literary voice, as well as his broad vision for California literature. His first novel, This Time Tomorrow, was published in 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books. He teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

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Photo credit: Aimee Bender (photo by Max S. Gerber)

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