Rebecca Serle at Skylight Books

9781250295187.jpgI’m in conversation with my friend and fellow writer, Rebecca Serle, on September 18th at Skylight Books. She is the best, and you should come because we will amuse you. And if you don’t come, we will amuse each other. But it’s better if you come. We are celebrating her new book—and first adult novel—The Dinner List. The Dinner List is magical and moving and on the Indie Next List for September.

Here’s the publisher’s synopsis:

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

For me, a great concept is one that makes you reflect on your own life: who would you invite, if you could invite anyone? Side note: one of my favorite mini-genres of short story is the disastrous dinner party. So many good ones. Joshua Ferris and Rebecca Lee come to mind. Would you guys read this blog if I turned it into a short story review?

By the way, it’s a writing year for me, which means I’m not doing events. Except this one! So, if you want to see my face and you live near Los Angeles, this is your only chance.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – 7:30pm
Event address: 
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los AngelesCA 90027

PEN Center USA Book Club: Dietland

If you’re in Los Angeles this Wednesday night, come out to the PEN Center USA Book Club.  I’m hosting, and the selection is Dietland by Sarai Walker. I’ve been rereading the book in preparation for the club and I’m finding it just as timely and provocative as the first time I read it, back when I blurbed it in 2014. I believe Sarai will be there, too — she’s in town working on the television adaptation of the book.

“It felt good to say the word fat.”

PEN Center USA and The Edison look forward to seeing you at our April Book Club to discuss Dietland by Sarai Walker.

Hosted by Gabrielle Zevin and co-sponsored by Women Who Submit.

Specialty cocktails will be offered all night. Happy hour prices available for those who come early.

“Fight Club meets Margaret Atwood”—Bustle

“Dietland resonated with the part of me that wants, just once, to deck a street harasser…Which is to say, sometimes I forget I am angry, but I am. Dietland is a complicated, thoughtful and powerful expression of that same anger.”—Annalisa Quinn, NPR

*Members of The Edison Book Club receive a 15% discount when purchasing the current book club title at Skylight Books.

For more information, email

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6 PM – 8 PM
Happy Hour & Book Discussion

The Edison
108 W 2nd St, #101
Los Angeles, CA 90121