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The New Short Fiction Series: Summer Dreams

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

The New Short Fiction Series: Summer Dreams

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Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email beachhouse@smgov.net.
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5:15pm-6:30pm: Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House

6:30-8pm: Readings

The New Short Fiction Series presents an evening of short fiction through the spoken word, exploring how our dreams of life in summertime play out by the sea and sand. Tales by some of L.A.'s hottest fiction writers cross styles from reportage to magic realism, with characters that journey through love, work and adolescence against the backdrop of the Southland shore.


Miri Hunter Haruach is an independent scholar, poet and writer whose poetry has been published in Visions (Iliad Press) and Awakened Woman. Her first collection of poetry, Dancing with the Wind was published in 2010. Hunter-Haruach’s other writings have appeared in Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and She is Everywhere, an anthology of women’s spirituality. She is currently working on a poetry and short story collection.

E. E. King  was called by Ray Bradbury “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking.” Her publications include the novel Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife (2010) and the short story collection Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends (2012). King’s work has been anthologized in Now Write! and Next Stop Hollywood. She was named to Glimmer Train’s Top 12 Ireland’s and the Aeon Award shortlist, and received the IntermoonLit First Prize and Britain’s Biscuit Short Story Award. King’s second story collection Another Happy Ending will be released in October 2013.

Jervey Tervalon  was born in New Orleans and raised in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles.  He received his MFA in fiction writing from UC Irvine. Tervalon is the author of All the Trouble You Need, Lita, Understand This and the Los Angeles Times bestseller Dead Above Ground.  His next novel, Monster's Chef, will be published by Amistad Press, an imprint of Harper Collins in 2014. 


Deborah Geffner is an actress, writer, director, singer, dancer, filmmaker, coach, animal-lover, and mom. She is best recognized for her role in Bob Fosse's Oscar™ winning film, All That Jazz. You've seen her on TV in Mad Men, ER, Grey's Anatomy, Monk and Criminal Minds, among others, and in films such as Living Out Loud, Infestation and Exterminator 2. Geffner has loved acting ever since the age of five when she filled in for the little boy who got the measles on opening night of the Caucasian Chalk Circle at Carnegie Mellon.  She has recently become an award winning director, as well as writing and producing some of her own projects.  Geffner considers directing very relaxing.

Acclaimed Spoken Word Artist Sally Shore was a 2001 Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Regional Arts Grant winner for her New Short Fiction Series. She appears frequently in spoken word festivals and literary events including ARTMaggedon, the Pacific Standard Time city wide festival, KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum, When Words Collide, California State University Los Angeles’ Cup O’Culture Series, the NoHo International Arts Festival, “Live” from the Red Tent, the Newport Beach Public Library’s Manuscript Literary Lecture Series and The World Stage.  Shore, a regular on both NBC’s Suddenly Susan debut season and the 2000 season of BET’s Live from L.A./Saturday Night Slam, has also appeared on TV’s Bless This House and General Hospital.  Profiled on HGTV’s Party At Home, she also recorded a spoken word guest track on D-Zire’s debut album.

Wheaton has performed most notably at the Guthrie Theatre and New York’s Lincoln Center. He originated the role of Lenny in Leslie Lee’s 9th Wave at the Lillian Theatre, and has performed locally at the Mark Taper Forum, the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Wilshire Ebell, Actors Gang and the Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble. Wheaton’s feature film credits include roles in Tales From the Hood, Cosmic Slop, White Trash and Bones.

About the New Short Fiction Series: hosted by Sally Shore, this seventeen-year institution is L.A.’s oldest continuous spoken word series, featuring a rotating cast of some of L.A.’s most talented working actors.Presented at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood in cooperation with Barnes & Noble, The New Short Fiction Series is a recognized standout in the Southland’s artistic landscape. Each performance features carefully selected excerpts from new works of short fiction by West Coast writers. The Series is directly responsible for placing 6 newly released books on the Los Angeles Times’ bestseller list, and has been the “jump off” for many collections and novels from unpublished stories featured in the series.  http://www.newshortfictionseries.com

"L.A.'s only live literary magazine… a hybrid of live interpretation and the written word. It's literary performance."Variety

The New Short Fiction Series is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council's EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email beachhouse@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch! 

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. 

Parking: May-September the parking rate is $3/hr & $12/day at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

Have questions about The New Short Fiction Series: Summer Dreams? Contact Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

When & Where

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.comClick to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.


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