Orange County at Brea Library

Saturday May 20 2017   11:00 AM
Brea Library   1 Civic Center Cir, Brea, CA  map

Join Lisa Alvarez and Andrew Tonkovich, the editors of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, and contributors Peggy Hesketh and Grant Hier, for a discussion of the acclaimed literary fertility of Orange County. In this literary field guide, more than sixty writers—some well known, others emerging—lead readers on a tour that begins at the coast and heads inland over the Santa Ana Mountains, through the canyons, and into the cities of Anaheim, Irvine, and Orange in search of vistas of truth.

Free and open to the public.

Born in Lynwood, California, Andrew Tonkovich studied with poet Peter Carr at CSU Long Beach and with Oakley Hall at UC Irvine, where Tonkovich teaches writing. He has published short stories, essays, and reviews in Ecotone, Faultline, the Orange Coast Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and he hosts the literary arts program Bibliocracy Radio on Pacifica’s KPFK and is the longtime editor of the Santa Monica Review. He lives in Modjeska Canyon.

Lisa Alvarez grew up in and around Los Angeles. She earned her MFA from UC Irvine and is a professor of English at Irvine Valley College. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Codex Journal, Faultline, Green Mountains Review, Huizache, Truthdig, and Zócalo Public Square. Alvarez coedited Writer’s Workshop in a Book: The Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction with the late Alan Cheuse and codirects the annual Community of Writers summer conference in Squaw Valley, California. She lives in Modjeska Canyon.