The Best of the West

The California Book Club is a new monthly virtual gathering devoted to literature from and about the Golden State.

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The California Book Club is a new monthly virtual gathering devoted to literature from and about the Golden State. Produced by Alta and hosted by acclaimed author and Literary Hub executive editor John Freeman, the CBC will hold lively one-hour discussions with writers whose books are as richly varied as the state itself. Club members will have the opportunity to hear authors read from their works and to ask questions of them and featured guests.

A distinguished six-person panel of literary experts has selected exceptional works that make up a new California canon: books by some of the most prominent—and promising—authors of our day.

We kick off the CBC on Thursday, October 15, at 5 p.m. Pacific time with San Francisco author C Pam Zhang and her acclaimed debut novel, How Much of These Hills Is Gold. In his review of the book for Alta, Christian Kiefer called it “a superb and moving work” and “a reinvention of the Old West—near-apocalyptic in its despair and longing.”

We encourage you to sign up for the club—it’s unlike any other out there. And if you want to be the first to learn who’s up next in the lineup and get insider information about the books, the authors, and the thriving California literary community, sign up for the CBC’s biweekly newsletter.

We hope to see you at the book club!

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