Celebrating Father’s Day this weekend? Make a date with the authors who will be reading at the Village Well Bookstore on June 19, 2022 to discuss and read from their new novels. Both published by Pasadena based Red Hen Press, Charles Harper Webb and Carlos Allende’s novels Ursula Lake and Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love are page-turners with refreshingly new takes on issues of masculinity and male friendships. The reading will take place on Sunday at 3 pm for those looking for something a bit different to do on father’s day.
A creative writing professor at Cal State Long Beach, and long time resident of greater LA, Charles Harper Webb is also an award winning poet and has been described as one of Southern California’s “most inventive and accessible poets.” Webb also worked as a psychotherapist for over a decade and has a Ph.D. from USC in Counseling Psychology. It was partly his work as a psychotherapist that allows him to delve into the darker areas of the human psyche that he explores in Ursula Lake, a literary thriller set in the wilds of British Columbia. Ivy Pochoda has described it as “a rare novel that is equal parts lyrical and suspenseful.”
Carlos Allende lives in Santa Monica with his husband and is a media psychology scholar and a teacher in the Writer’s Program at UCLA Extension. Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love is a darkly comic novel for the angry and disenchanted. David Caplan, Executive Producer of The Conners has described it as “The most irredeemable and meticulously fashioned ne’er-do-wells I’ve ever rooted for. Murder in LA has never been such lurid, frothy fun.”
Together Carlos and Charles will discuss different aspects of the darker sides of masculinity, read from their works and sign books.