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Posts Tagged ‘Erika Schickel’

LA Press Club’s Bad Mother Book Party

Silverlake’s El Chavito bar was packed Wednesday night with literary types, all there to celebrate journalist Nancy Rommelmann‘s debut novel, The Bad Mother, which centers around the lives of Hollywood street kids. Rommelmann now lives in Portland, but she put in nearly two decades as an Angeleno, has written for the LA Times and LA Weekly, and remains a contributor to the LA Observed website. A book trailer for The Bad Mother can be viewed here.

American Idol beat reporter Richard Rushfield, Nancy Rommelmann, and David Rensin


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FBLA Crashes Oddly Named Writers’ Soiree at Formosa

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For the record, we never need an excuse to drink with literate people. Last night was the first annual LADWP cocktail party, an homage or a spin-off of the AWP conference last year. Maybe? But the conference has nothing to do with the party last night, they take place months apart and LADWP is said to stand for LA Drinking Writers with Pens.

Weird name. Since we can’t come up with anything better. We like it. Good title. Catchy.

Pictured above are authors Janet Fitch, Erika Schickel and Sandra Tsing-Loh.

LA Observed Celebrates Six Years

We made it to the rooftop party at the Formosa this past Friday to celebrate the six year anniversary of popular media blog LA Observed. That’s over 12,000 posts, according to LAO creator Kevin Roderick (or K-Rod, as we like to call him)(Not to his face). There were a gajillion people there, and we managed to get a few pictures-

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Alexia Tsotsis and Erin Broadley of the LA Weekly

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Pandora Young elicits a snarl from Kevin Roderick

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LAT FOB: Memoirs with a Twist Panel

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There were about three memoir panels at the festival this year. It’s a very popular genre, apparently. Tickets for all panels, according to the super helpful and adorable information volunteers, were completely sold out. Sure, tickets were free – er $.75 through Ticketmaster – but still, nice turn out. All the panels were packed. Some with long lines of stand-bys.

Moderating this panel was Erika Schickel. Panelists included Gustavo Arellano of Ask a Mexican fame, Chris Ayers, Marion Winik and The Love Junkie, Rachel Resnick.

Ayers, author of War Reporting for Cowards, began by saying that he was the Hollywood correspondent for the London Times who was in Iraq for a whopping nine days, “I have the distinction of being the first journalist to desert the troops I was embedded with.” Ayers moved to LA got by his own admission a million dollar loan and a Range Rover on easy credit in 2006. “All writers do that. If something terrible happens to you, you think ‘I can write about this’.” And that was the basis for his latest book Death by Leisure: A Cautionary Tale. The amazing part of the book was the timing. Ayers explained,”Events started to catch up to me.”

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