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Spoken Interludes

A salon for stories since 1996. All shows open to the public.

Due to the coronavirus, all shows will be online
until January 2021.
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Wednesday, July 15

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New York Times star columnist of "A Good Appetite", & award-winning food writer, cookbook author, and regular guest on the Today show and Rachel Ray, MELISSA CLARK reads from her new book, DINNER IN FRENCH: MY RECIPES BY WAY OF FRANCE.
Synopsis: Just as Julia Child brought French cooking to twentieth-century America, so now Melissa Clark brings French cooking into the twenty-first century. She first fell in love with France and French food as a child; her parents spent their August vacations traversing the country in search of the best meals with Melissa and her sister in tow. Near to her heart, France is where Melissa's family learned to cook and eat. And as her own culinary identity blossomed, so too did her understanding of why French food is beloved by Americans. Now, as one of the nation's favorite cookbook authors and food writers, Melissa updates classic French techniques and dishes to reflect how we cook, shop, and eat today.
Whether you're craving bistro fare or a trip to Paris, you will love these modern French recipes with Melissa Clark’s signature sparkle, clever cooking techniques, and fresh flavors. Finally, the secrets behind simple, spectacular, seasonal French home cooking are available to us." Ann Mah

Wednesday, July 22

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New York Times Notable Book, bestselling writer, NPR maven, and critically-acclaimed performer, SANDRA TSING LOH, reads from her new book, MADWOMAN AND THE ROOMBA: MY YEAR OF DOMESTIC MAYHEM
Synopsis: Ah, 55. Gateway to the golden years! Professional summiting. Emotional maturity. Easy surfing toward the glassy blue waters of retirement…Or maybe not? Middle age, for Sandra Tsing Loh, feels more like living a disorganized 25-year-old’s life in an 85-year-old’s malfunctioning body. With raucous wit and carefree candor, Loh recounts the struggles of leaning in, staying lean, and keeping her family well-fed and financially afloat―all those burdens of running a household that still, all-too-often, fall to women. The Madwoman and the Roomba chronicles a roller coaster year for Loh, her partner, and her two teenage daughters in their ramshackle quasi-Craftsman. Whether prematurely freaking out about her daughters’ college applications, worrying over her eccentric aging father, or overcoming the pitfalls of long-term partnership and the temptations of paired-with-cheese online goddess webinars, Loh somehow navigates the realities of what it means to be a middle-aged woman in the twenty-first century. By day’s end, we just might need a box of chardonnay and a Roomba to clean up the mess. How lucky we are! Sandra Tsing Loh’s hilarious, insightful, and compassionate inner monologue could have stayed inside her head. But she wrote it all down, and that makes us the fortunate ones. I laughed from the beginning to the end. You will too.” Julia Sweeney, SNL comedian
Wednesday, July 29

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Critically-acclaimed writer, JOANNA HERSHON, reads from her new novel, ST IVO. Synopsis: Over the course of a weekend, two couples reckon with the long-hidden secrets that have shaped their families. It’s the end of summer when we meet Sarah, and the middle of her recently repaired marriage. And despite the years that have passed since she last saw her daughter, she is still in the middle of figuring out what happened to her. When her phone is stolen, with it goes her last connection to her daughter. Then over a weekend in the country with friends, as the two couples try to reconnect, events are set in motion that force each to ask not just how they ended up where they are, but how they ended up who they are. Unwinding like a suspense novel, Joanna Hershon's St. Ivo is a powerful investigation into the meaning of choice and family, whether we ever know the people closest to us, and how, when someone goes missing from our lives, we can ever let them go. From the very first sentence, I was in good hands. What happens when we can no longer communicate with the people we know best? Anyone who has ever loved fiercely, desperately, will devour this story, as I did. I read the final pages with the book gripped in both hands.” Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes
Wednesday, August 5th

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TV personality, One of Zagat’s 19 New York City Restaurant Power Players, James Beard award-winning chef, cookbook author, world-renowned opera singer, and Tony and Grammy award-winner, ALEXANDER SMALLS, reads from him new book, MEALS, MUSES, & MUSIC: RECIPES FROM MY AFRICAN AMERICAN KITCEN.
Synopsis: Alexander Smalls marries two of his greatest passions―food and music. More than just a cookbook, Smalls takes readers on a delicious journey through the South to examine the food that has shaped the region. Each chapter is named for a type of music to help readers understand the spirit that animates these recipes.
Filled with classic Southern recipes, twists on old favorites, and anecdotes of Smalls’s childhood in the Low Country with examinations of Southern musical tradition, Meals, Music, and Muses is a rich, magnificent, heritage cookbook.

If wine is bottled poetry, and jazz is brown sugar sprinkled in your ear, then Meals, Music, and Muses is a smorgasbord of fine words and sounds, a delicious symphony of haute cuisine that’ll make you wanna kiss your momma, then thank the ancestors for making a way out of no way―for Hoppin’ John Cakes and Grits and Sage Sausage Gravy and Frogmore Stew and all the recipes Alexander Smalls has reimagined so elegantly.” - Kwame Alexander
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Produced by DeLauné Michel

All shows are online
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Reading with Q&A and discussion.

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"It's so nice to feel part of a community in the big urban sprawl we call L.A. Spoken Interludes feels very New York-ish."
Ann Magnuson, actress/writer"What an absolutely beautiful evening! I just love it."
Carolyn See, award-winning writer