SANTA MONICA REVIEW
Join us Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books for a reading from the latest issue of Santa Monica Review, one of Southern California's most revered literary journals. SMR editor Andrew Tonkovich will be introducing three of the contributors to the 2013 fall issue.
Andrew Nicholls began writing for radio, stage, syndicated cartoonists and TV in high school in Ontario, Canada. In his twenties he staffed The Tonight Show for six years, four of them as Johnny Carson's head writer and his writing partner Darrell Vickers has created or staffed over 100 sitcoms, children's and animated series, thanks to which he has a 2005 memoir, Valuable Lessons, about failed television. He has recent humor in McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Los Angeles Review of Books and short fiction upcoming in Black Clock, Kugelmass and the teacher's research site Literature For Life.
g. c. cunningham, a UCLA graduate, lives in Los Angeles, sometimes working in film post-production, other times in Birmingham, Alabama, state of origin. His fiction is printed in Bat City Review, Cutbank, Denver Quarterly, Fiction International, Portland Review, Texas Review and Western Humanities Review. Google him for selections online at Eclectica, Fringe, Potomac Review and McSweeney's. "My First Marine Corps Essay" won 2nd place in Fringe's 2012 flash fiction contest judged by Steve Almond.
is the author of the story collection
Hunters & Gamblers,
the poetry collection
as well as the chapbooks
Hey, it's American
22nd Century Man.
His work has appeared in
Tin House, McSweeney's Small Chair, The Southern California Review, The Mississippi Review, The Los Angeles Review, Hobart, Consequence,
and elsewhere. Managing editor at
he writes and teaches in Southern California.
Editing a literary magazine, reading hundreds of manuscripts, I have a relationship with writers which means communicating by mail, telephone and e-mail, and relying on the particular trust that requires. Accepting a story or essay, identifying corrections and sending proofs, sometimes over months, are acts of confidence. I sometimes shape a vision in my mind’s eye of a physical person, always wrong of course, which I discover upon meeting the handsome corpus and hearing a real voice. Not the authorial voice, not the persona imagined, but, as on the radio, somebody better and less.
Readings at Dutton’s were often the first and only time I met those writers. Impossible not to evoke Borges’ The Library of Babel and Fahrenheit 451 here, for all kinds of reasons. We hysterical, alarm-sounding bibliophiles, Perpetual Lamenters of the Dying or Uncherished Word, Chicken Littles crying over the pieces (pages) of the sky right there on the ground, we hate being right, and love being lost. Almost as much as we believe, simultaneously, in the perseverance of that hopeful/hopeless community of our fellow Grangers, book people who purposely confuse literature with life.
Moving room to room through the distinctive labyrinth of Dutton’s was like trying to solve that famous mathematical problem of the Seven Bridges of Konigsberg. Impossible, again, to walk down any one aisle just once, impossible to reconcile real life with possibility, and why would you want to? The weird architecture of the place is a tour through stacks with, thankfully, no solution but to trace your own Eulerian path — all wrong, all yours — and to discover along the way a fellow personification of the book standing there, or in the big west room or out in the courtyard, where an assembly of listeners on folding chairs sat while a real-life person read or recited as traffic passed by on San Vicente.
Difficult truths: Stores go out of business. We do not deserve our writers. Books will not die. So, yes, Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine.
Andrew Tonkovich edits Santa Monica Review. Link to LA Weekly article
Santa Monica Review reading at Dutton’s Brentwood, 2007
Santa Monica Review reading at UC Irvine Bookstore, 2007
Santa Monica Review reading at Dutton’s Brentwood, 2006
Santa Monica Review reading at UC Irvine Bookstore, 2006
Santa Monica Review reading at Duttons, Brentwood, 2006