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The Shyster's Daughter (Etruscan Press) by Paula Priamos
Elsewhere, California (Counterpoint) by Dana Johnson
L.A.-based writers Paula Priamos and Dana Johnson read and sign their powerful new books: The Shyster's Daughter, a memoir by Priamos about her deeply flawed father; and Elsewhere, California, a coming-of-age novel set in Los Angeles from Johnson, the award-winning author of Break Any Woman Down.
Praise for The Shyster's Daughter:
"Paula Priamos' The Shyster's Daughter is a wonderfully written charged memoir--utterly absorbing and packed with sharp details. Direct, evocative, emotionally honest, brave, and funny, Priamos' voice shines. The Shyster's Daughter is a suspenseful investigative journey, but its emotional core vibrates with Priamos' homage to her deeply flawed and deeply loved father, and to their complicated and enduring relationship." --Victoria Patterson, author of This Vacant Paradise and Drift
Praise for Elsewhere, California:
"Beautifully wrought. A contemporary Bildungsroman with a wise and winning heroine at its heart."
“Reading Elsewhere, California, Dana Johnson’s luminous, intelligent, linguistically dexterous first novel about growing up in Southern California, made me understand exponentially more about my own state, my own growing up, and the private lives of families in the homes all around me. An impressive, inspiring debut!”
—Michelle Huneven, author of Blame
Paula Priamos is a Los Angeles based writer whose writing has been regularly featured in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post and other high profile publications. She teaches at California State University and lives in Southern California with her husband, author James Brown, and stepsons. For more info on Paula Priamos, visit: http://www.paulapriamos.com..
Dana Johnson is the author of Break Any Woman Down, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Break Any Woman Down is taught at universities across the country. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, California, she is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California. www.danajohnsonauthor.com