Lavinia Ludlow's Single Stroke Seven drops on March 1, and I had a chance to ask her questions about the writing life, unaffordable housing, and Bay Area inequality.
Lavinia Ludlow’s debut novel (Casperian Books 2011) immersed us in a world of music, ambition, sex, drugs, and life on the margins of music and the mainstream, so much so that we were left gasping for air. Now Ludlow is back with her second novel, Single Stroke Seven (Casperian Books, March 2016). Her spunky prose packs in so much raw rich detail that I burned through an advanced-review copy. Ludlow describes a San Francisco Bay shadow world of drummers and scroungers I know little about, and her punchy prose kept me engaged in the lives of characters trying to sustain their dreams and themselves under our “new normal” of extreme income inequality, contract work, and a winner-take-all music industry. Single Stroke Seven is the stuff you read in one sitting or return to as soon as work or family allows.
In the following interview, I first asked Lavinia about surviving as a writer/artist on the margins in the increasingly unaffordable San Francisco.
Alex Kudera: You encourage people to read (or re-read) your debut novel, Single Stroke Seven. Why?, before reading
Lavinia Ludlow: Single Stroke Seven departs from ’s extreme narrative voice and...
Follow this link to read the full interview.
Monday, February 29, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
I'm happy to announce that I'll be reading from "Frade Killed Ellen" or Auggie's Revenge at 3 p.m. as part of an author fair at Wright Library in Oakwood, Ohio (Dayton metro area) on Saturday afternoon, March 5.
Featured authors: Peggy Barnes, Molly Campbell, Barbara Cerny, Ed Davis, Ann Hagedorn, Katrina Kittle, Alex Kudera, P. Andrew Miller, Rebecca Morean, Sharon Short.
Wright Library Poets: Matt Birdsall, Cecile Cary, Grace Curtis, Betsy Hughes, Fred Kirchner
Wright Library Writers: Harold Coffman, Donald Peacock, and James Tajiri
Monday, February 22, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Beating Windward Press is looking to send reviewers electronic advanced-review copies of my second adjunct novel, Auggie's Revenge. Please contact Matt Peters or me if you'd like a copy.The book will launch from L.A. AWP in late March where I'll be signing copies at the Beating Windward table (#1664) of the book fair. (A paperback review copy might be possible.) Thanks so much for considering, and I hope we all survive the semester, the primaries, and beyond. . .
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