Los Angeles!

Are you going to AWP this year? I sure am–what better way to celebrate books than to visit the place that makes them into movies! (Just kidding, of course–everyone knows that television is the preeminent narrative delivery device these days.)

I’ve got two official events at the conference:

On Friday, April 1, from 2-3, I’ll be at the Indiana University Press/Break Away Books booth (#1625) in the madness that is the bookfair, slinging and signing copies of Hallow This Ground. It’ll be April Fool’s Day, so I’m happy to sign your book “George Saunders” or “Beowulf” or whatever you deem appropriately prankful.

On Saturday, April 2, at 1:30 PM in Room 518 of the Los Angeles Convention Center, I’ll chair and present on the panel “Stories to Live: Joan Didion and Today’s Essayists” along with several other awesome writers: Kristen Radtke, Lucas Mann, and the ever-super Brian Oliu. Join us as we sing the praises of J.D. and do our best not to repeat the stuff the people on the other Didion panel said two days earlier.

Otherwise, look for me around the bookfair and the museums of Los Angeles and doing my best to convince Jeopardy! to let Teen Tournament contestants back on as adults.