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FRI/4/23 :: 5:00p
Fiction: The Art of Short Story

Bookseller: BOOK SOUP

Join us for a conversation with a Booker Prize winner and three new voices in fiction presenting their recently released story collections with L.A. Times’ Dorany Pineda moderating.

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Dorany Pineda

Dorany Pineda writes about books, publishing and the local literary scene for the Los Angeles Times. She served a brief stint in City News Service’s police beat and was a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Wave newspaper. Pineda earned her bachelor’s in literature from UC Santa Cruz in 2012 and a journalism certificate from East Los Angeles College in 2017.


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Carribean Fragoza

The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Carribean Fragoza was raised in South El Monte, California. Fragoza co-edits UC Press’s acclaimed California cultural journal, Boom California, and is also the founder of South El Monte Arts Posse, an interdisciplinary arts collective. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared numerous publications, including BOMB, Huizache, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the co-editor of East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte, published February 2020 by Rutgers University Press and Senior Writer at the Tropics of Meta. Carribean is the Coordinator of the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award at Claremont Graduate University, and she lives in the San Gabriel Valley in LA County.


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Book Soup

Please support our local bookseller for this panel. Signed bookplates will be available from most authors.
  • Carribean Fragoza (signed books)
  • Deesha Philyaw (signed bookplates)
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  • Order your books now – here!


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Ben Okri

Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright. He has also written film scripts. His works have won numerous national and international prizes, including the Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also received many honorary doctorates for his contribution to Literature. Recently, his Grenfell poem, on Channel Four YouTube, has received more than 6million visits on Facebook.


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Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prizes Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. The collection focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church, and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow.


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Shruti Swamy

Shruti Swamy is the author of the story collection A House Is a Body, which is a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prizes Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and the forthcoming novel, The Archer, both from Algonquin Books. The winner of two O. Henry Awards, her work has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeny’s, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fiction Fellow, and lives in San Francisco.