*CANCELED* CHRISTOPHER MEEKS reads from his new collection of short stories THE BENEFITS OF BREATHING

The Benefits of Breathing 

In The Benefits of Breathing, his third collection of short stories, Christopher Meeks dives again into the human condition, particularly within relationships.  As one reader wrote on Amazon, “Some authors need a lot of words to describe their worlds and their people. Christopher Meeks says a lot with a little.” The Los Angeles Times has called his stories “poignant and wise.”

In this volume, “A Dog Story” captures a crumbled marriage and the love of a dog named Scrappy. “Joni Paredes” shows the birth of a new relationship that starts at a daughter’s wedding. “Nestor by the Numbers” follows one man’s often hilarious online dating experiences after he finally accepts his wife is gone. “Jerry with a Twist” shows an actor on an audition while his pregnant girlfriend helps him through a crisis. These and seven other stories will bring you into the special world of Meeks.


Advanced Praise:

“Poignant and wise, sympathetic to the everyday struggles these characters face.” — Los Angeles Times

“These are original, articulate, engaging stories which examine life in America from the unique perspectives of ordinary people searching for their share of the promises held out as part of the American dream. ... The Middle-Aged Man and The Sea is highly recommended, highly entertaining, highly rewarding reading." — The Midwest Book Review

“Mr. Meeks has a wonderfully fun writing style—witty, cynical, and often poignant. His stories are about the stuff of life: love and heartbreak, sickness and death, desires and struggles, spirituality and the search for meaning.” — Janet Rubin, Novel Reviews


Christopher Meeks first published short fiction in a number of literary journals, and the stories are available in three collections, The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea, Months and Seasons, and The Benefits of Breathing. He’s also published the literary novels The Brightest Moon of the Century and Love at Absolute Zero, and the crime novels Blood Drama and A Death in Vegas. The Chords of War, with Iraq war veteran Samuel Gonzalez, is his latest novel. He teaches English and creative writing at Santa Monica College and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design.


Event date: 
Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027