The Last Bookstore’s very own Liska Jacobs will be celebrating the release of her debut novel Catalina. Come for cake, have a drink, buy some books. After a reading, Liska will talk with LA Times’ Deborah Vankin about the long road to seeing her first book finally in print–but most importantly toast everyone who’s been beside her for the ride!
Elsa Fisher is headed for rock bottom. At least, that’s her plan. She has just been fired from MoMA on the heels of an affair with her married boss, and she retreats to Los Angeles to blow her severance package on whatever it takes to numb the pain. Her abandoned crew of college friends (childhood friend Charlotte and her wayward husband, Jared; and Elsa’s ex-husband, Robby) receive her with open arms, and, thinking she’s on vacation, a plan to celebrate their reunion on a booze-soaked sailing trip to Catalina Island.
But Elsa doesn’t want to celebrate. She is lost, lonely, and full of rage, and only wants to sink as low as the drugs and alcohol will take her. On Catalina, her determined unraveling and recklessness expose painful memories and dark desires, putting everyone in the group at risk.
“Catalina is true California, down to the bones and skin, a novel about the places Liska Jacobs knows in her soul…” Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here and Highwire Moon
“Like a love child of Joan Didion and Kate Braverman…” Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men and Every Kind of Wanting
“Liska Jacobs writes crystal-clear, hypnotically sensual prose, and Catalina is California noir at its darkest and sharpest.” Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man and In the Drink
“Catalina deftly explores the desperate social frontiers where the morals of the privileged class dissolve. You won’t be able to look away.” J. Ryan Stradal, ――New York Times-bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
“…Liska Jacobs writes with teeth; this book’s got bite.” Jill Alexander Essbaum, ――New York Times-bestselling author of Hausfrau
“Liska Jacobs has written a smart, sexy and unsettling debut novel…” Janelle Brown, —-New York Times-bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear
Liska Jacobs is a Los Angeles native. Catalina is her first novel. Her essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, The Rumpus, Literary Hub and others. Until recently she was Events Coordinator for The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles, and an archive assistant at the Mike Kelley Foundation. She loves museums, the Santa Monica mountains, and gin. But probably not in that order.
Deborah Vankin is an arts and culture writer for the Los Angeles Times. In what’s never a desk job, she has live-blogged her journey across Los Angeles with the L.A. County Museum of Art’s “big rock,” scaled downtown mural scaffolding with street artist Shepard Fairey, navigated the 101 freeway tracking the 1984 Olympic mural restorations and ridden Doug Aitken’s art train through the Barstow desert. Her award-winning interviews and profiles unearth the trends, issues and personalities in L.A.’s arts scene. Her work as a writer and editor has also appeared in Variety, LA Weekly and the New York Times, among other places. Originally from Philadelphia, she’s the author of the graphic novel Poseurs.