It was a dark and stormy day when I went to the KPFK studios to tape an interview with Andrew Tonkavitch, host of Bibliocracy and it was a dark and stormy day yesterday when it aired. So the dark, stormy and weird scene by author Ray Bradbury that I read on the program was in keeping with the mood.
You can hear the lively, fun and sometimes spooky conversation we had here at the KPFK archives of the Sunday, February 10 show. Andrew, who’s also the editor of Santa Monica Review and co-editor with Lisa Alvarez of the 2017 anthology, Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (Heyday), is a knowledgeable critic and a sharp and enthusiastic interviewer.
We spoke of the Paperback L.A. concept as a collaboration between me as series editor and Colleen Dunn Bates, publisher, founder and editor of Prospect Park Books. Our conversation included readings of brief and vivid moments from works by Ray Bradbury and Naomi Hirahara.
Andrew touched on photos by Danny Martinez, an excerpt from a cookbook by Helen Evans Brown, and architecture reviews from Wendy Gilmartin. and we discussed such disparate contributions as Benjamin Madley’s history An American Genocide and the advocacy of the Silent Era child star known as Baby Peggy (aka Diana Serra Cary)– and, of course, more. (Here are contributors and their bios for Paperback L.A Book 2: Studios. Sales. Shrines. Surfspots.)
Thank you, Andrew!