Daniel A. Olivas: "The Book of Want" Release, March 24
The first novel from the esteemed L.A. writer and amigo de LatinoLA.com
Daniel A. Olivas
I am delighted that on Thursday, March 24, the University of Arizona Press will officially release my first full-length novel, The Book of Want, as part of its award-winning Camino del Sol series. My novel's cover is adorned with a painting by the acclaimed artist, Gronk, whose "La Tormenta" has become an iconic figure and perfectly captures the spirit of my book.
Published on LatinoLA: March 20, 2011
Aside from some very kind blurbs from several of my favorite writers (i.e., Luis Alberto Urrea, Suzanne G. Ch?ívez-Silverman, Michael Nava and Himilce Novas), the novel has received nice advance reviews from Los Angeles Magazine and Publishers Weekly. The Los Angeles Magazine review gives a pithy synopsis of my novel's theme:
"The first novel from L.A. writer (and California deputy attorney general) Daniel A. Olivas focuses on Bel?®n, the deceased, cigarette-puffing matriarch of a Latino family who continues to meddle in her daughters' affairs through their dreams. Olivas, who also edited the anthology Latinos in Lotusland, grew up in Koreatown and Pico-Union, and sets much of the fanciful story near his old haunts. His brand of magical realism has a sense of humor about itself, and he succeeds in harnessing the genre's unique ability to expose what's beneath the surface."
To celebrate the release, I will be making book appearances throughout California. Here are the appearances that have been scheduled so far:
March 26, 6 p.m.: Libros Schmibros, 2000 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA. Phone: 323-302-9408.
March 30, 7:00 p.m.: Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA. Phone: 650-324-4321.
April 5, 7:00 p.m.: Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA. Phone: 626-449-5320.
April 9 (full day event with various author panels and book signings): I will be a guest author at Literary Orange on the campus of UC Irvine. For a full schedule, visit http://literaryorange.org/Events.php
May 7, 4:00 p.m.: Metropolis Books, 440 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA. Phone: 213-612-0174.
May 28, 1:00: Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore, 13197-A Gladstone Ave., Sylmar, CA. Phone: 818-528-4511.
I hope to see you at an event!
Editor's Note: Daniel Olivas has published extensively on LatinoLA.com over the years. Congrats!
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