Literary LA: East of Borneo, Black Clock Events this Weekend

Two events on Sunday in LA celebrate the printed word: a Black Clock reading and a conversation on Esther McCoy’s Los Angeles.

In the literary journal’s latest edition, Black Clock 15 gave writers license to explore alternative film universes—from movies that never were to revisionist film history.

Issue contributors Anthony Miller, Mark Z. Danielewski, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Phillips, Geoff Nicholson and Matthew Specktor join novelist, CalArts faculty and Black Clock Editor Steve Erickson for a reading at Mandrake Bar at 2 pm.

Published semi-annually by CalArts’ MFA Writing Program, the 12-year-old Black Clock has become one of America’s leading literary journals, known for featuring both emerging and established authors, such as Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, Miranda July, Joanna Scott, Samuel R. Delany, Aimee Bender, Susan Straight, William T. Vollmann and David Foster Wallace.

Also on Sunday afternoon, For Your Art gallery hosts a launch event for the new book Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader. Edited and introduced by writer Susan Morgan, the collection of writings from the Southern California architectural historian is the first title from the online arts journal East of Borneo (EoB).

Morgan will be joined in conversation with renowned filmmaker and CalArts faculty member Thom Andersen, director of Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) and Get Out of the Car (2010). They’ll discuss McCoy’s writing, narrative and how to “capture a compelling yet elusive city.”

A book signing and reception to follow.

Black Clock 15 Reading
Mandrake Bar
2692 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles
Sunday, April 29
2 pm

East of Borneo Book Launch
6020 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
Sunday, April 29
3 pm

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