Michael Jaime-Becerra to Join Paul Beatty Event

This week’s California Book Club: special-guest announcement, San Francisco, and C Pam Zhang.

paul beatty, michael jaime becerra, oscar villalon

It’s almost time for Thursday’s event with Paul Beatty! We hope you’ve had an invigorating time reading The Sellout. We’re writing to announce that special guest Michael Jaime-Becerra will briefly join the discussion with Beatty, host Oscar Villalon, and you, dear reader!

Michael Jaime-Becerra is the author of two books: This Time Tomorrow, which won an International Latino Book Award, and Every Night Is Ladies’ Night, a short story collection awarded the California Book Award for a First Work of Fiction. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Zyzzyva, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Alta Journal recently published an excerpt of his story “1181 Durfee Avenue.” He currently lives in his childhood hometown of El Monte, California.

Host Oscar Villalon is a member of the California Book Club selection panel and the managing editor of Zyzzyva. A longtime member of the National Book Critics Circle, he has twice served on fiction juries for the Pulitzer Prize. From 2002 to 2008, he was the book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. His writing has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and the Believer, among others. He lives in San Francisco.

We are eager to hear Villalon and Jaime-Becerra talk with Beatty about identity, place, and the uses of humor and the tragicomic in fiction. In the meantime, you can read an interview with Villalon and Beatty here, about Los Angeles literature and life after the Man Booker Prize.

Here are the details of the event:

  • When: Thursday, February 18, at 5 p.m. Pacific time.
  • Where: To join the event on Zoom, click here.
  • What: Your guest host, Oscar Villalon, will be in conversation with Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout. They will be joined by special guest Michael Jaime-Becerra.
  • Author questions: Please send questions for Paul Beatty to info@californiabookclub.com. You can also submit them using Zoom’s chat feature after the event begins.
  • Attend to win: We will be giving away an author-signed copy of The Sellout to five attendees, selected at random, following Thursday’s program.
  • Mark your calendars: Upcoming CBC discussion with Nina Revoyr, author of the highly acclaimed Southland, on March 18.

    To sign up for Alta’s California Book Club for free, click here.

    Thank you so much, and see you Thursday!

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