Writing Workshops LA – which was founded by our own Edan Lepucki – is hosting “The Conference” on June 28 of this year, and the day-long event will consist of “educational and thoughtful panel discussions as well as smaller, in-depth presentations and workshops aimed at informing and inspiring every attendee.” Presenters will include award-winning literary agents, editors, and writers including Joanna Rakoff, Adam Wilson, David L. Ulin, Counterpoint’s Dan Smetanka, and Daniel Gumbiner of McSweeney’s. Don’t miss your chance to sign up for the early bird special before April 15th – the first 40 attendees will also get an invitation to a literary pub quiz event the night before.
Next week, the folks at Literary Death Match are bringing literature into the third dimension by staging “LDM TV: The Pilot.” Two shows consisting of four readers apiece will take place in Los Angeles, and performances will be judged by a killer lineup including such notables as Susan Orlean, Michael C. Hall, Moby and Tig Notaro. Full event details can be found here. For what it’s worth, I still rank Matt Gajewski’s LDM performance as my all-time favorite, so Beau Sia, Simon Rich, Daniel Alarcón and company have their work cut out for them. - Nick
America’s Most Literate Cities:
For the second year in a row, Washington DC ranks as America’s most literate city according to the annual Central Connecticut State University study.
Atlanta places fourth, San Francisco comes in at number nine, and NYC and LA don’t make the to ten cut, listed in positions 22 and 59(!) respectively, out of the 75 cities included.
Good got in touch with CCSU president Dr. John Miller, who crunched the numbers and discovered a correlation between the wealthiest and most literate cities, and it’s not what you might expect.
And, of course, the LA Times wants to set a few things straight: "As in years past, Los Angeles didn’t fare well. Why should we? We’ve only got the largest book festival in the country, vibrant independent booksellers, major univeristies, a fantastic public library system, highly literate public radio shows…. Sigh." I can’t help but agree with them… I mean, how is it even possible that the home of the Los Angeles Review of Books is so far down on this list?