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The Girls

I was at a dinner party this week and as usual everyone wanted to talk “books” with me. I should not have been surprised but everyone was curious what I thought about the hot new book of the summer, The Girls by Emma Cline. I can’t remember the last time…

The Victorians

The Victorians: Literary Representations of a Changing Society. The Victorian era was one of great change, ushering Great Britain toward Modernism. These writers, along with the celebrated Charles Dickens, represented this changing world in their novels. Their use of realistic characters, masterful plotting and varied settings illustrate for readers the reforms in the church, in politics…

Imagine Me Gone

Before selecting the June Book of the Month, I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with Adam Haslett. Prior to that conversation, I struggled with choosing Imagine Me Gone despite loving the book and recommending it to all of the readers in my life. I feared the belief that the subject of…

The Medici Foundation

The Literary Affairs Medici Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed by Julie Robinson and the Medici Founding Patrons. Our mission is to create and support literary programs that foster empathy and explore the human experience. We believe that by making books available, increasing reading proficiency and developing critical thinking and leadership skills, at risk youth in under-served communities can…

Innocents and Others

Dana Spiotta has been a Literary Affairs darling since our book clubs were introduced to her novel Eat the Document. Her latest publication Innocents and Others, like all of her previous work, has the same intelligent psychological acuity. In our April Book of the Month she uses it to examine…

Tasting Tuscany

Literary Affairs partners once again with ArtBites for a little taste of Tuscany. Maite Gomez-Rejon will curate a tour at LACMA exploring the culinary history of Italy through the centuries with a special focus on Tuscany. Then we will reconvene at Surfas in Culver City where Stefania Barzini of the…

California Housewife Noir

When we think of the classic writing of California, it’s men who come to mind: Steinbeck’s agricultural epics, the hardboiled detectives of Dashiell Hammett, Nathanial West’s male Miss Lonelyhearts. So what about the women? How do they fit into this dream of the New West; these noir California underworlds? In Run…