Daniel A. Olivas: "The Book of Want" Release, March 24

The first novel from the esteemed L.A. writer and amigo de LatinoLA.com

By Daniel A. Olivas
Published on LatinoLA: March 20, 2011

Daniel A. Olivas: "The Book of Want" Release, March 24

I am delighted that on Thursday, March 24, the University of Arizona Press will officially release my first full-length novel, The Book of Want, as part of its award-winning Camino del Sol series. My novel's cover is adorned with a painting by the acclaimed artist, Gronk, whose "La Tormenta" has become an iconic figure and perfectly captures the spirit of my book.

Aside from some very kind blurbs from several of my favorite writers (i.e., Luis Alberto Urrea, Suzanne G. Ch?ívez-Silverman, Michael Nava and Himilce Novas), the novel has received nice advance reviews from Los Angeles Magazine and Publishers Weekly. The Los Angeles Magazine review gives a pithy synopsis of my novel's theme:

"The first novel from L.A. writer (and California deputy attorney general) Daniel A. Olivas focuses on Bel?®n, the deceased, cigarette-puffing matriarch of a Latino family who continues to meddle in her daughters' affairs through their dreams. Olivas, who also edited the anthology Latinos in Lotusland, grew up in Koreatown and Pico-Union, and sets much of the fanciful story near his old haunts. His brand of magical realism has a sense of humor about itself, and he succeeds in harnessing the genre's unique ability to expose what's beneath the surface."

To celebrate the release, I will be making book appearances throughout California. Here are the appearances that have been scheduled so far:

March 26, 6 p.m.: Libros Schmibros, 2000 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA. Phone: 323-302-9408.

March 30, 7:00 p.m.: Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA. Phone: 650-324-4321.

April 5, 7:00 p.m.: Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA. Phone: 626-449-5320.

April 9 (full day event with various author panels and book signings): I will be a guest author at Literary Orange on the campus of UC Irvine. For a full schedule, visit http://literaryorange.org/Events.php

May 7, 4:00 p.m.: Metropolis Books, 440 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA. Phone: 213-612-0174.

May 28, 1:00: Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore, 13197-A Gladstone Ave., Sylmar, CA. Phone: 818-528-4511.

I hope to see you at an event!

Editor's Note: Daniel Olivas has published extensively on LatinoLA.com over the years. Congrats!

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