Authors Deborah Cloyed & Dr. Jeanine Mingé at The Last Bookstore

When: Back to Calendar » May 3, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm



The Last Bookstore is pleased to host the Los Angeles book launch for DEBORAH CLOYED’s What Tears Us Apart (MIRA Books/Harlequin)— a non-linear love story set against the 2007 political violence in Kenya —and Dr. JEANINE MINGE & Dr. Amber Lynne Zimmerman’s Concrete and Dust: Mapping the Sexual Terrains of Los Angeles (Routledge), with a percentage of sales going to Los Angeles “Charity of the Year” – WriteGirl – empowering young female writers through mentorship and self-expression.


Deborah Cloyed and Dr. Jeanine Minge: Two writers exploring the interplay between geography and identity. The evening will feature multi-media readings and a discussion moderated by Dr. Bernardo Attias.  Join the conversation about modern life and culture, how sex and love arise within the context of place and time. And join the party!  Featuring live music by contrabassist Brendan Carn, catering by Arielle Goldrath, and a photography exhibition of images of Los Angeles and Kenya.


About What Tears Us Apart (MIRA/Harlequin April 2013):
A disaffected Angeleno heiress flees a life of privilege for an orphanage in the Kibera slum, and finds connection with its charismatic founder.  Their newfound bond is threatened by his complex history with a local gang leader.  When the slum erupts in violence, an attack exposes disturbing secrets, leaving all three characters to grapple with regret and dreams of atonement.

“What makes What Tears Us Apart different and worthwhile is primarily its setting, a time and place that will be unfamiliar to most American readers…. What Tears Us Apart explores betrayal and forgiveness on both a micro and a macro level.” (BookReporter)


Deborah Cloyed lives and writes in the Hollywood Hills.   As a photographer, travel writer, or contestant on CBS’ The Amazing Race, she’s sojourned on five continents.  In Los Angeles, she runs a photography program for elementary schools.  Her previous novel is The Summer We Came to Life, a multi-generational tale about best friends, life choices, and parallel universes.



About Concrete and Dust: Mapping the Sexual Terrains of Los Angeles:
Dr. Jeanine Minge has crafted a collage of visual image, arts-based ethnographic and autoethnographic narratives, experimental sound, poetry, and performative writing in juxtaposition with the conflicting and complex performative nature of Hollywood, celebrity, glamour, and sexual agency. Concrete and Dust is part of an experimental series by Routledge Publishing to showcase innovative ethnography which highlights experimentation, reflection, revelation and action with the focus on new media and new genres.


“A truly engaging autoethnographic journey, one that takes the reader through the communities of Los Angeles to show how the body navigates place.” (Ronald Pelias, Southern Illinois University)


Concrete and Dust is a haunting excavation of identity, geography, and sexuality.” (Elizabeth Bell, University of South Florida)


Dr. Jeanine Minge is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge where she is also the Director of the Performance Ensemble. As a member of the theater scene in Los Angeles, she works closely with directors, actors, and producers on the outskirts of the entertainment industry.