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Posts Tagged ‘Cecil Castellucci’

Los Angeles Review of Books Hires Young Adult/Children’s Editor

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the Los Angeles Review of Books will publish a critique of young adult title Zora and Me, written by author Margaret Stohl. This will mark the beginning of an imprint on the site of by newly hired young adult and children’s editor Cecil Castellucci (pictured).

Castellucci, an award-winning young adult author, tells Publisher’s Weekly that she already has seven more reviews banked and plans to occasionally get a recognizable literary figure to write up a favorite kids title. She also explains how the sideline gig came about:

Castellucci met LARB founder and editor Tom Lutz at a Los Angeles literary event last year. “Tom called me in August and offered me the position, but it seemed so daunting at the time that I turned him down,” says Castellucci.

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The Los Angeles Review of Books Debuts a Preview Website

The new Los Angeles Review of Books, originally scheduled to launch last October, has finally surfaced online — albeit at a temporary address. A Tumblr blog set up at promises daily updates of essays, book reviews and interviews, with a more comprehensive website on the horizon. The site’s first post: “The Death of the Book,” by local author Ben Ehrenreich.

Editor Tom Lutz has a grand vision for LARB, which can be found on the publication’s facebook page:

We will have regular columnists, a book news compendium, and a vast array of multimedia content—not just video and audio interviews, but readings, audio book excerpts, Skype mini-interviews, video interchanges, recorded readings, live reports from book festivals and other events—and all sorts of things we haven’t thought of yet. We’re hoping, in other words, not just to be an alternate delivery form for the dying print book review, but to help develop new ways of fostering the conversation about books and culture.

No print review could contain all of this, but we hope to eventually publish a ‘best of’ print edition; it may start as an annual, turn into a quarterly, and wind up a monthly.

To this end Lutz has recruited a cast of notable contributors, including Janet Fitch, Michael Tolkin, Hector Tobar, Cecil Castellucci, Mark Sarvas, and Laurie Winer.

FBLA Crashes Oddly Named Writers’ Soiree at Formosa Part Two


Pictured are FBLA editor Pandora Young with author Janelle Brown. Other notables at the first ever LADWP last night at the Formosa Cafe were Cecil Castellucci, Michelle Huneven, Patrick Brown, Antoine Wilson and book blogger John Fox.

We ran into LAT tech writer David Sarno who illustrated what he does for a j-o-b by kissing his iPhone. True story. Really happened. Tech writers. Hmf.

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BAM! BOOM! Graphic Novel Panel Kicked Ass

serie_zlott.jpgAtonement notwithstanding, comics are where it’s at book-wise — as the L.A. Times Festival of Books Graphic Novels panel proved.

Moderated by Deborah Vankin of Metromix, lots of people turned out for the panel. Including one of our spies:

It was pretty straightforward. (and hot, as the air conditioning was broken). Panelists were Jaime Hernandez (1/2 the Hernandez Brothers whose “Love and Rockets” has been a big, big influencer of indie comics in this country, Joe Matt (‘Peepshow’) and Cecil Castellucci (‘Plain Janes’).

It was a good representation of the indie publishers (Fantagraphics for Jaime, and Drawn and Quarterly for Joe) versus more mainstream (DC Comics for Vankin and Cecil). Lots of differing opinions/perspectives but the overall ‘unifying thread’ was an affection for the genre and agreement as to how difficult/complex it is to create! And how graphic novels are generally “misunderstood’ by the mainstream media and public was a theme (i.e., they’re not just for kids… they’re not porn!… and they’re not easy to whip up/create.)

Also discussed: the recent explosion of graphic novels and manga… how the genre is becoming accepted as a credible literary medium and a way to tell all kinds of stories, not just superhero stories. Like literary memoirs (Fun Home, Alison Bechdel) and Persepolis or the forthcoming Period Piece set in 1920s called Incognegro, by Matt Young. Etc.

Jaime told some interesting stories about growing up with comics in his house — they were always around! His mom helped cultivate his pride in the genre– and Cecil spoke about witnessing a terrorist bombing when she was a kid and how that scene made it’s way into her recent book Plain Janes. Joe talked a little about struggling with writers block and how he’s taking notes for his next book, which will be about his experiences in LA.

All the panelists agreed L.A. was one of the best cities to create art in these days. But that there wasn’t a central or easily accessible “comics scene” for comic creators.

DC Comics Launches Teen Girl Imprint

plain_janes_dccomics.jpgWhoever says comic books are for boys must’ve missed the text message on Minx, the new graphic novel imprint from publishing giant DC Comics targeted specifically to teenage girls.

The first of its kind from a major national publisher, Minx is being launched today by DC Comics, which hired Alloy Media + Marketing (known for its work with teen-girl hits like the Gossip Girl series and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) for a year-long, $250,000 ad campaign — a budget representing an “unprecedented level of commitment” by an American comic book publisher.

Up first from Minx? The Plain Janes, a graphic novel by Cecil Castellucci and illustrator Jim Rugg about a group of misfits — all named Jane — who form a secret art gang (P.L.A.I.N. = People Loving Art in Neighborhoods) to get through the “hell that is high school.”

— Emily Million