How lucky am I?
A Book Launch at Mystery and Imagination and a performance and reading at Stories Book and Café
My new Collection of short fiction “Another Happy Ending,” is being released on October 15th. And on October 20th, Sunday, 2013 at 3:00 pm I will have a launch party reading at Ray Bradbury’s and my favorite Bookstore the “Mystery and Imagination (238 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale.)
The Book includes the novella, “The Card Game,” in which Fate, Destiny, Chance and Luck play a game of cards under a crescent moon. Each card revels a tale.
The reading room is up a stairway so narrow and steep you may need to grab a tank of fiction just to breathe the rarefied atmosphere. The walls are autographed by all the writers who have read there, and just seeing the pantheon of greats can make you weak kneed. Autograph hounds have been tempted to steal the walls, but they are well protected by all the great crime fighters of fiction. Besides, it’s difficult to fit walls into autograph files or scrapbooks.
One of the good things about Los Angeles is that, because it’s so spread out, it’s like a city-state, so many parts, all unique. That means you are allowed more than one “Favorite “bookstore.
One in Glendale, one in Santa Monica, one in Echo Park…. you get the idea.
My Favorite bookstore in Echo Park is “Stories Book and Café.”
1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA  413-3733 OPEN @ 8:30 am Monday – Friday • 10 am Sat –Sun CLOSE@ 9:00 pm Mon – Thurs • 10 pm Fri – Sat • 8 pm Sun
They have a wonderful collection of new and use books and a delicious selection of new food and coffee.
I love Stories; it’s like visiting the library of an erudite friend who brews wonderful coffee. In the back is a large patio where writers read, musicians play and stories are revealed. It’s a doorway into a world of imagination, fantasy, travel and far off places.
I am going to be performing and reading there right around Halloween. (I’m still figuring out the past time, so I’ll keep you posted.
I’m performing bits from my first novel, “Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.”
It’s a guide to eighteen religions, complete with a 5***** rating system for food drink, music, accommodations and entry requirements, as reviewed by Lucifer.
(The Book was released in Spain in 2012 by the, aptly named Jesús Ortiz of Milrazones publica.)
Check here for reviews on Dirk http://dld.bz/cANYt
The Jews http://dld.bz/bTjkE
And the Rastafarian http://dld.bz/bTjkP
I will also be reading from my new book, “another Happy Ending,” so titled because none of the stories have happy endings.
I’ll be reading right around Halloween… Fate and Chance, The Devil and The Afterlife, what could be more appropriate? I’ll bring candy too.
Both readings will be completely different and both will be in magical bookstores, so it’s well worth a visit even if you don’t want to hear me read.
Even if you plug your ears with wax, or stick your fingers in your ears and sing, the tales will creep from the shelves and taking you to enchanted destinations.
Sip great coffee and munch freshly baked goods while debating the merits of various afterlives.
I Hope to see you there!
E. E. King