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September 12, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Review will celebrate the release of its fall issue with readings not only in the beach city but also in Venice, North Hollywood and San Francisco, Santa Monica College officials announced this week.

The review, which is the only nationally distributed literary magazine published by a U.S. community college, "showcases the work of established authors alongside emerging writers, with a focus on narratives of the West Coast," officials said.

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The launch events kick off Sunday, September 17, at 4:30 p.m. with a reading at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice hosted by the Review's editor Andrew Tonkovich.

Reading from their work are Zlatina Sandalska, Diane Lefer ("California Transit") and Richard Wirick ("Kicking In"). Tickets are $10 and will be available on a first-arrival basis. For more information, call (310) 822-3006.

Cover art by artist-activist Andrea Bowers

The celebration comes home to Santa Monica on Sunday, October 8, with a launch party/reading event at 5 p.m. in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Rick Wartzman ("The End of Loyalty") introduces the event, which features readings by four contributors to the magazine -- Brendan Park, Mark Gozonsky, Inna Effress and Suzanne Greenberg.

Tickets are available through and are $10. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for author signing and purchase. There is free parking on the premises.

Santa Monica Review also will participate in the North Hollywood and San Francisco Lit Crawl venues, officials said.

The San Francisco event takes place Saturday, October 14, and features writers Ryan Ridge, Louis B. Jones, Janice Shapiro and editor Tonkovich.

The North Hollywood event, part of the Fifth Annual Lit Crawl Los Angeles, takes place Wednesday, October 25 at 6 p.m. and features readings by Ryan Shoemaker, Sandy Yang, Dawna Kemper and Tonkovich.

Event details have not been finalized. For the latest information visit

Santa Monica Review is available for sale online and in-store at the SMC Campus Store, at Beyond Baroque and Small World Books in Venice, and at other local booksellers.

Copies may also be ordered by mail and subscription. The publication is available for $7 per issue or $12 for the two issues each year. For more information, visit


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