Oaji Wordfest

8 Days of Readings, Panels and Events during

Ojai WordFest, March 24-31:


Saturday 24th   Literary Stand-Up: Snarky, Fresh and Sizzling Shorts | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | venue TBA | $10 | Hemingway mastered the art of the short story in six words: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Our performers have also been pruning their works; whittling away pen and scalpel—reminding us that indeed good things do come in small packages. Featuring Ojai and area talent + LA-based writer E.E. King “whose glittering gems of fiction pack a lot into a small space. Her work combines the O. Henry twist with the poetry and mystery of Ray Bradbury. Due to her theatrical training, hearing Ms. King read, greatly enhances the experience.” (Full list of performers will be posted online soon)


. Sunday Night 25th

GET LIT     A Night of Glittering Gems of Fiction: “Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends” with LA author E.E. King | 7 p.m. | The Village Jester, 139 East Ojai Ave. | $10, Dinner & drinks available for purchase |  A collection of funny, odd short tales that Ray Bradbury calls “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend them highly enough.” and Excerpts from “Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife” with its author E.E. King

     At Ojai Library


Monday March 26

5pm – “Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife” read by its author E.E. King

Dirk Quigby is just your average ad man that happens to be working for the Prince of Darkness. Lucifer is tired of the overcrowding and wants a better pitch for heaven to relieve his work load. Dirk sets out to write a Zagat style guide to the afterlife “Impish and delightful – a hilarious Zagat’s guide to heaven.” —. Ray Bradbury

Fantastical, profound, hilarious and rollicking good ride through the heavens and hells of the Afterlife! A wonderful book.”

—Margaret Cho

The New York Journal of Books.

“This is the most delightful book this reviewer has read in a while…. The Guide to the Afterlife is a mixture of fact and fiction, faith and mysticism at its best.”

The Midwest Review of Books

“Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife” is excellently composed and a read that is fun and very hard to set down.



A mock ZAGAT Guide to the Lord’s domain, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife is a sly and satirical glimpse into what would happen if a Madison Avenue mad man gave heaven a PR makeover. As King demonstrates, the devil also the best jokes



About E.E. King

E.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls E.E. King a writer “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend her highly enough.” HER NEW COLLECTION new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” comes out in October 2013. There is a book launch and party @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00pm Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, came out 2010, released in Spanish in 2/2012. She is performing bits of "Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” (in costume) October 30th @ 7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends, 1/2012. Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books as well as her children’s book The Adventures of Emily Finfeather or The Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on audible. E.E. King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. Elizabeth Eve King has a background in teaching, painting, theater, comedy and biology. She will be an artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art June -Sept 2015 Ms. King is the recipient of two International Tides painting fellowships, and two international biology Earthwatch grants. She was an advisor for the J. Paul Getty’s and the Science Center’s, Arts &; Science program. She was the Science and Arts coordinator in Bosnia with Global Children’s Organization (a summer camp for war orphans and refugees) in 2000. She was the founding Arts & Sciences Director for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation . She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location. Her short stories have been published widely
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