11.11.2005

this is an odd little org that I met up with at the WeHo bookfair

IWOSC NOVEMBER GENERAL MEETING:
"An Evening with Sandra Tsing Loh, in Conversation with
Digby Diehl"

Monday, November 21
Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Reservations are mandatory

Departing from our usual formula, we are excited to host
Sandra Tsing Loh in conversation with Digby Diehl. Heard
regularly on KPCC, writer-performer-musician Loh is a
talented wordsmith who pens in-depth observances about
everyday occurrences transfigured into delicious rants. Loh
writes for many genres and has interesting experiences and
advice to share. No stranger to controversy, Loh was fired
from a radio commentator job over an un-bleeped obscenity,
which triggered her transformation into a free-speech and
First Amendment advocate.

Loh is currently appearing in her one-woman show, "Mother
on Fire," at the 24th St. Theatre. Previously, she was seen
in solo performance at the Geffen Playhouse in "Sugar Plum
Fairy." Her other shows include "Aliens in America," "Bad
Sex With Bud Kemp," and "I Worry."

Her books include "A Year in Van Nuys," "Aliens in
America," "Depth Takes a Holiday," and a novel, "If You
Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now," which was named by the
Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of
1998. Her story, "My Father's Chinese Wives," received a
1997 Pushcart Prize and was featured in the 1999 Norton
Anthology of Short Fiction. She and her husband Mike
Miller also composed the music for Jessica Yu's documentary
short, "Breathing Lessons," which won an Oscar in 1998.

She has been a regular commentator on NPR's "Morning
Edition" and on Ira Glass's "This American Life." Her
weekly segment, "The Loh Life," is heard on KPCC, and her
monthly segment, "The Loh Down," is heard on American
Public Media's "Marketplace." Loh is also a contributing
editor for The Atlantic Monthly.

The evening will be hosted by acclaimed writer and critic
Digby Diehl. Diehl is one of the most trusted and
successful literary collaborators in America. He has
written, co-written, rewritten, researched, and edited more
than three dozen books. His book credits include:

* The forthcoming memoirs of Coretta Scott King;
* "Angel on My Shoulder," the autobiography of singer
Natalie Cole, and a Los Angeles Times #1 bestseller;
* "Million Dollar Mermaid," the New York Times bestseller
and critically acclaimed autobiography of actress Esther
Williams;
* "Lost Honor," the sequel to "Blind Ambition," for Richard
Nixon's former White House counsel, John Dean;
* Pediatrician Fitzhugh Dodson's perennial bestseller, "How
to Parent;"
* "Soapsuds," written with soap star Finola Hughes;
* "Tales from the Crypt," the history of the popular comic
book, movie, and television series; and
* "A Spy for All Seasons," the autobiography of former CIA
officer Duane Clarridge.

The founding editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review,
Diehl is a widely respected book reviewer and commentator.
He was the literary correspondent for ABC-TV's "Good
Morning America," movie critic and entertainment editor for
KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, and Hollywood correspondent for
the "CBS Morning News." He now offers regular book
commentary on KTLA in Los Angeles.

In addition, Diehl is an advisory board member and former
president of the P.E.N. American Center West, a founding
member of the National Book Critics Circle, and, not least,
was on IWOSC's first Advisory Board in 1983.

DATE: Monday, November 21

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. SHARP TO 9:00 p.m. (networking follows the
program)

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue
(corner Culver Boulevard - parking entrance on Culver),
Culver City

ADMISSION: General public welcome $15; free for IWOSC
members.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED -- For reservations and information,
contact info@iwosc.org or call (877) 79-WRITE. Reservations
will be honored up to ten minutes before the meeting begins.

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