Skylight Books and Three Rooms Press present award-winning author, poet, playwright, and memoirist Aram Saroyan celebrating the release of his new detective novel STILL NIGHT IN L.A. (Three Rooms Press) with a reading at Skylight Books on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 pm.
“An Evening with Aram Saroyan” will feature the renowned author, with special guests including actress Marcia Rodd, poet Michael C Ford and poet Phoebe MacAdams reading excerpts from the STILL NIGHT IN L.A., which author Gerald Nicosia praises as “a novel where the magic is all in the language. A signing follows the reading.
Award-winning journalist and author Richard Setlowe (The Haunting of Suzanna Blackwell) raves, “Aram Saroyan’s STILL NIGHT IN L.A. cruises the mean streets and trendy brunch boites of Los Angeles, this city of angels and psychopaths. His shamus Michael Shepard is a Marlowe for our digital times.”
And renowned author Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart) praises STILL NIGHT IN L.A.: “ram Saroyan nurses the accelerator in a deceptively laconic way, channeling the faultless ratiocination of Charles Willeford (Miami Blues) and Paul Cain (Seven Slayers). STILL NIGHT IN L.A. keeps still until, at just the right moment, he floors it.”
Copies of STILL NIGHT IN L.A. will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
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Praise for STILL NIGHT IN L.A.:
“Aram Saroyan nurses the accelerator in a deceptively laconic way, channeling the faultless ratiocination of Charles Willeford (Miami Blues) and Paul Cain (Seven Slayers). STILL NIGHT IN L.A. keeps still until, at just the right moment, he floors it.” —Barry Gifford, author, Wild at Heart
“Readers of California-dream-correction fiction may have their particular favourites — Day of the Locust, The Slide Area, I Should Have Stayed Home, My Face for the World To See, The Long Goodbye. Aram Saroyan’s Still Night in L.A. brings long experience and practiced narrative craft to earn his place in this line.” —Tom Clark, author, The Exile of Celine
“STILL NIGHT IN L.A. is a novel where the magic is all in the language, in the evocation of the detective’s incongruously sweet and gentle personality, and in his astoundingly accurate takes on a world where kids have a hard time growing up before they hit middle age, and where the hard thing is not to become a movie star but to get someone to remember your name.” Gerald Nicosia, author, Home to War: The Untold Story of the Vietnam Veterans’ Movement
“STILL NIGHT IN L.A. moves mysteriously through the late American day and ends up inscrutably in the lost hour of the early morning. In between, crazy humans reign supreme. Aram Saroyan’s prose is as elegant as emeralds and ice.” —G. A. Hausman, author, The Mythology of Horses
“Aram Saroyan . . . slips life lessons into his detective story. The trick, per his hero, is ‘not to make up your mind too quickly and hope you won’t be physically hurt in the interim.’” —Benj DeMott, editor, The First of the Year
“Aram Saroyan’s STILL NIGHT IN L.A. cruises the mean streets and trendy brunch boites of Los Angeles, this city of angels and psychopaths. His shamus Michael Shepard is a Marlowe for our digital times.” —Richard Setlowe, author, The Haunting of Suzanna Blackwell
“Aram Saroyan’s Still Night in L.A. delivers on all platforms. He writes with a cool precision about a hallucinogenic city, with something of Joan Didion’s aplomb, while the suspense of a good mystery builds and bounces like a Lexus just about to run itself off the road. A third of the way through, I stayed up for hours till I finished the thing, then plunged back to page one to learn Saroyan’s secrets. His detective, Michael Shepard, has women problems, and deadbeat son problems, and he ain’t as young as he used to be, but set him up against a monster of a villain in the Thomas Harris vein, and watch that sword glow in the dark. It is a book of pain and betrayal in which the forces of good try to prevail in the poisoned paradise that stretches from Santa Monica to Echo Park. Get out that gold statue, Edgar committee! The winner and new champion is….” —Kevin Killian, author, Spreadeagle
ABOUT ARAM SAROYAN
Aram Saroyan is the author of the true crime Literary Guild selection Rancho Mirage, as well as many other books of prose and poetry. His Complete Minimal Poems received the 2008 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is featured in the documentary film One Quick Move or I’m Gone: Jack Kerouac at Big Sur and his comments appear in the oral biographies George Being George: George Plimpton’s Life and Salinger. He lives in Los Angeles.