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Santa Monica Review Celebrates 30th Anniversary Issue with Series of Month-Long Events


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September 26, 2018 -- The Santa Monica Review is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a 200-page special expanded edition that features long and short work, as well as the celebrated literary journal's first foray into graphic storytelling.

A launch party, author readings and other events will be held throughout to celebrate the landmark issue of the review, which is published twice a year by Santa Monica College (SMC), college officials announced this week.


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The anniversary issue features 15 original pieces, including work from Review founder Jim Krusoe, whose celebrated novels have won a cult following for their unconventional story-telling and dreamy, sometimes mundane style.

The issue combines "interrogations of both reality and imagination" and "includes both traditional and experimental writing in a reliably eclectic and challenging literary mash-up in keeping with the iconoclastic magazine’s tradition," college officials said.

The issue features frequent Review contributors Janice Shapiro (the short story collection "Bummer"), Monona Wali (the novel "My Blue Skin Lover"), Richard Wirick (the story collection "Kicking In") and John Fante biographer and story writer Stephen Cooper.

In the issue the late Robley Wilson ("After Paradise") "shares a story of remembrance and loss," SoCal writer Linda Purdy "delivers another elegant meditation," Diane Gurman "takes a hilarious if instructively doomed middle-aged road trip" and SMC creative writing workshop student Molly Jackson crafts "an eerie domestic drama."

Making their review debuts are Casey Walker ("Last Days in Shanghai") Brian Ingram and novelist Yxta Maya Murray ("The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Kidnapped"), who contributes "a multi-voiced fiction exploring creativity, motherhood, and their economic relationship."

The Review readings and events take place next month at Santa Monica College and a number of other Southern California literary venues including Beyond Baroque, the Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica Public Library and UC Irvine.

The speacil issue launch party takes Sunday, October 14, at at The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street. Tickets are $10 and are available on

The event features a reading by Krusoe from his novel "The Sleep Garden," which the New York Times Book Review said "place(s) him among the foremost creators of surreal Americana."

The month-long series of events concludes Saturday, October 27, with a free reading from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Public Library's Montana Branch featuring Rhoda Huffey ("The Hallelujah Side"), short story writer Brian Ingram and frequent contributor and editor Lisa Alvarez.

For a list of events visit the Santa Monica Review website

Santa Monica Review is available for sale online ( and at the SMC Campus Store, Beyond Baroque in Venice, and other area booksellers.

Copies are also available by mail and by subscription through Santa Monica Review, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica 90405.

The publication costs $7 per issue or $12 for the two issues each year.


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