I’ll be at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival on Sunday April 27th, at UCLA on a panel to discuss magic and literature at 12:00. The panel is called Magic in Everyday Life with authors Aimee Bender, Alex Espinoza, and Yxta Maya Murray.
My individual reading is at 3 of the same day and I’ll be reading from my new novel. The Third Angel.
Please come if you’re in LA --- I can’t wait to hear what everyone has to say. I have my own theories about “magic” in literature and where it all began.
Fairy tales, after all, were women’s stories, kitchen tales, told by grandmothers and mothers to children. They were life-lessons wrapped in symbols that were so deeply psychological a child could “feel” their meaning even before he or she could intellectually understand what was at their heart. If such tales were written down at all, it was in cheap blue notebooks – fairy tales were called Cahiers Blue.
So where did the magic begin? Myth, religion, folk tale, fairy tales – in my opinion magic has always been an integral part of literature and realism is the new technique. Am I an anti-realist, or am I just written that way?
Just a note: One of the masters of magic, and one of my literary heroes, will be at the festival on Saturday -- if you’re there go see the icon of icons, Ray Bradbury. A genius, a one of a kind writer, his fiction changed my life.
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