Book Soup, bookseller to the great and infamous, presents:

Happiness is a Warm Book:
The Nervous Breakdown Literary Experience at Book Soup
Friday, November 11, 7pm

The line-up:

Ben Loory‘s fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Gargoyle Magazine, and The Antioch Review. His book Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day was chosen as a Fall Selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program. He lives in Los Angeles.

Greg Olear is The Nervous Breakdown’s senior editor and the author of the novels Totally Killer and Fathermucker. His work has appeared at HuffPo Parents, Babble.com, The Millions, The Rumpus, and Chronogram. He lives with his family in New Paltz, N.Y., and teaches creative writing at Manhattanville College.

Victoria Patterson is the author of the novel This Vacant Paradise, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Drift, her collection of interlinked short stories, was a finalist for the California Book Award and the 2009 Story Prize. Her work has appeared in various publications and journals, including the Los Angeles Times, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the Southern Review. She lives with her family in Southern California and teaches at Antioch University’s Master of Fine Arts program and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Riverside.

Lenore Zion, a therapist, is the author of a collection of humorous pieces, My Dead Pets Are Interesting, and a forthcoming novel. She lives in Los Angeles.

The Nervous Breakdown is an online culture magazine and literary community, founded in 2006 by Brad Listi, author of the bestselling novel Attention. Deficit. Disorder.

The skinny:

Will the gathering at Book Soup on the stuff-of-Dan-Brown’s-fantasies date of 11/11/11 be the largest group of TNBers ever assembled under one roof at one time? It may well be. Among those in the TNB community threatening to attend: Brad Listi, D.R. Haney, “Gentleman” Joe Daly, Nick Belardes, Kimberly Wetherell, Rachel Pollon, Lisa Rae Cunningham, Stacy Beirlein, Shannon Trawick, and Stephanie St. John Olear. Booses might also be involved.

Will we blow the roof off the joint? Yes we will. But, you know, figuratively, because we like Book Soup. Will we go out for drinks afterward, in a to-be-determined location that will not require you to move your car? Yes indeed we will, we will. Will there be some kind of East Coast/West Coast, Pac/Biggie thing going on because Brad and I will be in the same place at the same time? Probably not, but we will do the dance routine from the “Beat It” video. Has the event been blessed by the L.A. Times? Damn straight.

See you Friday!

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GREG OLEAR is the Los Angeles Times bestselling author of the novels Totally Killer and Fathermucker and founding editor of The Weeklings.

8 responses to “Happiness is a Warm Book: TNB-LE Los Angeles @ Book Soup 11-11-11”

  1. pixy says:

    i’m so looking forward to this! and booze! and the dancing.


    • pixy says:

      ps – i can’t believe you included me in this group of glittering literati threatening to be in attendance. it makes me feel like a pretty princess. and then so much pressure to perform! is there any such thing as viagra for meeting people?

  2. Damnit, another west coast event I have to miss! One day I need to find out whether the French gov’t subsidizes research trips on how cool the state of American letters has become and then I might be able to show for one of these experiences.

  3. pixy says:

    dear greggels:
    hollywood is overstim central. i’m gonna need a cabin in the woods for a week after this!
    ack! i’m sore excited!

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