Literary Events

Francesca Lia Block

When: Wed., Sept. 11, 7 p.m. 2013

“Francesca Lia Block writes fairytales … for people whose hearts also belong to punk music and the tacky delights of a strip mall,” wrote Tavi Gevinson in the teen-oriented webzine Rookie last summer, and that’s about as a perfect a descriptor as any of Block’s work, and the world she’s created over the course of several dozen fantasy-tinged, magical-realist poems and young-adult novels. It’s a world where tiny fairies fly through downtown LA invisible to the naked eye; where magic is real and rendered just as vividly as a fumbling first kiss or a sweaty, silent summer afternoon spent listening to records with your best friend, or any number of moments in the thrumming, belly of adolescence; where sad, strange girls are the heroes and family can be found in the most unexpected of places. These are fairytales, sure, but really they’re just gorgeously dressed-up coming-of-age stories, and no matter how old you are, this reading — of Block’s sure-to-be-excellent new novel, Love in the Time of Global Warming — at a Great Good Place for Books (6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland) isn’t to be missed.

Ellen Cushing

Price: free

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