Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Book Publishing but Were Afraid to Ask.

7:30 p.m.

Note: your ticket includes – and is the exact price of – the book!


Come celebrate the publication of Joseph Di Prisco’s newest novel, Sibella & Sibella (Rare Bird Books) starring a hilarious and opinionated 26 year old female editor working in a small publishing company. Part tell all, part mystery, and part coming-of-age novel, this biting look at the world of publishing will keep you laughing and inspire many questions which this illustrious panel will try to answer. Publishing then and now: come meet our panelists.

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Joseph Di Prisco is the author of the novels All for Now, The Alzhammer, The Confessions of Brother Eli, and Sun City, prize-winning books of poems, and books about childhood and adolescence, as well as the memoirs The Pope of Brooklyn and Subway to California.  He is also the Founding Chair of the Simpson Family Literary Project which fosters new literature, supports authors, and enhances the lives of readers, writers, educators, and students in diverse communities in California and the nation.  His newest novel, Sibella & Sibella, captures the world of contemporary, literary small-press publishing, starring  a postmodern feminist, profanity-driven, book-obsessed, New York City born and raised 26 year old with a lot to say! 


Dara Hyde is an agent at the Hill Nadell Literary Agency in Los Angeles and represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including literary and genre fiction, graphic novels, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and young adult. Before joining Hill Nadell, Dara spent over a decade as an editor and rights and permissions manager at independent publisher Grove Atlantic in New York.



Lorne M. Buchman is President of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. A theater director and scholar, he is the author of Still in Movement: Shakespeare on Screen and is currently working on a book about the creative process. He received his PhD from Stanford University. 




David Francis is an Australian lawyer and novelist, based in Los Angeles. He is the author of three novels: The Great Inland Sea, published in seven languages, Stray Dog Winter, winner of an American Library Association Prize for Literature, and Wedding Bush Road, released in the U.S. in 2017. He chairs PEN America’s newly-formed Los Angeles Committee. 





Kim Dower, whose career in publishing began in the early eighties and whose literary publicity company, Kim-from-L.A., has handled publicity, marketing and media training for hundreds of publishers and authors since its founding in l984.  Also the Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, Kim has published three collection of poetry with Red Hen Press with one on the way in the Spring of 2019.



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