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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 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
Wednesday, August 12th

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New York Times and internationally bestselling writer, LISA SEE, reads from her new novel, THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN. 
Synopsis: Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends on the Korean island of Jej where they come from very different backgrounds. When the girls begin their positions as baby divers with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility, but also danger.
Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook find it impossible to ignore their differences. Beginning during Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point. “Vivid ... thoughtful and empathetic … necessary. illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge and the men take care of the children. .” New York Times Book Review

“Lisa See’s mesmerizing new historical novel…celebrates women’s strengths—and the strength of their friendships.”O, The Oprah Magazine “Lisa See excels at mining the intersection of family, friendship and history, and in her newest novel, she reaches new depths exploring the matrifocal haenyeo society in Korea, caught between tradition and modernization. This novel spans wars and generations, but at its heart is a beautifully rendered story of two women whose individual choices become inextricably tangled.” Jodi Picoult
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Produced by DeLauné Michel

All shows are online
8pm-9pm EST time/5pm-6pm PST time
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