Santa Monica Review Presents...
A reading celebration of the spring 2015 issue
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 5 – 7 PM
Welcome by novelist and short story writer Jerry Stahl
Dwight Yates introduced by Victoria Patterson
Dawna Kemper introduced by Monona Wali
David Hernandez introduced by Stephen Cooper
Janice Shapiro introduced by Jim Krusoe
The Edye, SMC Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $10 for purchase at Brownpapertickets.com, "Santa Monica Review Presents..."
Limited seating. Free parking.
Refreshments. Brief intermission. Author books on sale.
The Santa Monica Review is a national literary arts journal sponsored by Santa Monica College.
Thank you to Don Girard and Linda Sullivan.
Andrew Tonkovich, Editor of the Santa Monica Review
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