"Anywhere But L.A."
New short story collection by Daniel A. Olivas is released
Published on LatinoLA: November 9, 2009
Arizona State University's Bilingual Press is pleased to announce the release of Daniel A. Olivas's latest collection of short stories, "Anywhere But L.A.," the author's fourth collaboration with the press.
A native of Los Angeles, Olivas grew up near the heart of the city, and while many of his stories have connections to L.A., this compilation contains stories set in other locales, from San Diego to Denver to Mexico City. But like Olivas's other collections, the tales in "Anywhere But L.A." are peopled with wildly eclectic and entertaining characters who may appear ordinary at first glance but whom the reader discovers are much more complex. Inspirations for the stories run the gamut, from Joni Mitchell's haunting 1971 album "Blue," to a Catholic priest's misdeeds, to the Holocaust.
Olivas is the editor of "Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature" (Bilingual Press, 2008), which brings together sixty years of Los Angeles fiction by Latino/a writers. He is also the author of four other books of fiction including "Devil Talk: Stories" (Bilingual Press, 2004), and a children's book, "Benjamin and the Word" (Arte P??blico Press, 2005). Widely anthologized, he has also written for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, MacGuffin, THEMA, Exquisite Corpse, La Bloga, the El Paso Times, and the Jewish Journal. Since 1990 he has practiced law with the California Department of Justice in the Public Rights Division. Olivas lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and son.
"Anywhere But L.A." will be presented on November 13, 2009, 8:00 p.m. by The New Short Fiction Series (with actors reading selections) at the Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. Performance begins at 8:00 p.m. Box Office opens at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10.00. For more information, visit www.newshortfictionseries.com .
Praise for "Anywhere But L.A.":
"Like the cities they describe, the stories in Anywhere But L.A. shift and slide and refuse to be pinned down. Daniel Olivas is an exciting writer, whose prose rings with humor, insight, and power." --Daniel Alarc??n, finalist for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Award
"In this collection of short stories, Olivas gives us a vivid and honest portrait of modern Latinos as they search for their place in the world. Funny yet touching, these skillfully rendered characters remind us of our own vulnerability. Individually, the stories are punchy and sharp; collectively, the stories create a colorful mural of a thriving Latino community." --Kathleen de Azevedo, author of "Samba Dreamers"
"Olivas's impressive talent gives readers a glimpse . . . inside the hearts and minds of characters who are trapped, afraid, or falling in or out of love; that glimpse drives readers to the exasperating and, ultimately, very human core of [his] excellent stories." --Manuel Ramos, author of "The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz"