Aqueous Books, Prick of the Spindle and Ampersand Books present Garrett Socol, Nathan Deuel, Jim Ruland, James Claffey, and Ron Parsons.


Join Aqueous Books, Ampersand Books and Prick of the Spindle for an afternoon reading with an eclectic collection of writers, featuring some of the LA area's finest:

Nathan Deuel's Friday Was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. He has written essays, reviews, and short fiction for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, GQ, The Paris Review, and many othersHe is a contributing editor at Los Angeles Review of Books and writes regular occasional reviews for The Los Angeles Times and Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Los Angeles, and teaches writing at UCLA Writing Programs and in the MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary's University.

Jim Ruland, is the author of the novel, Forest of Fortune, the short story collection Big Lonesome, and Giving the Finger, co-authored with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.

James Claffey's stories have appeared  in a variety of journals and magazines, as well as the 2015 Norton Anthology, Flash Fiction International. His debut collection, Blood a Cold Blue, was released by Press 53 in 2013.

Garrett Socol is the author of Gathered Here Together, a short story collection, as well as the novella Fame and Madness in America. His next book, Tooth Decay, will be released this fall from Folded Word Press.

In his debut collection, The Sense of Touch (Aqueous Books), Ron Parsons captures people of various ages in the act of searching for meaning and connection and themselves. Firmly set in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan, the lush but often brutally cold heartland of America, the eight stories explore universal themes—loneliness, betrayal, transformation, hope—in fresh, sometimes fanciful, sometimes comical, sometimes jarring, and always moving and memorable ways.

Event date: 
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Friday Was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938604904
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Published: Dzanc Books - May 6th, 2014

Forest of Fortune Cover Image
ISBN: 9781440589072
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Published: Gallery Books - April 3rd, 2015

Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World Cover Image
By James Thomas (Editor), Robert Shapard (Editor), Christopher Merrill (Editor)
ISBN: 9780393346077
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 13th, 2015