The New Short Fiction Series (presents) “Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed”

THE NEW SHORT FICTION SERIES celebrates their 20th Anniversary Season with the L.A. Paperback Launch Party of NY Times Best Seller “Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed”

“…a night of vibrant, living art.” Forth Magazine

The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, continues its 20th season with the paperback launch of New York Times bestseller “Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed” edited by Meghan Daum, in cooperation with Picador USA, Sunday, April 10, 2016 at The Federal Bar. The performance stars spoken word artist Sally Shore, with guest cast Deborah Geffner (All That Jazz, Scandal), Jim Hanks (Two Minutes To Midnight) and Judy T. Marcelline (Empty Rooms), with musical guest The Sorted.


Sunday, April 10, 2016
Doors open 6PM
The Sorted takes the stage at 6:30PM
Performances 7PM


The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood 91601


$10.00-$15.00 with advance purchase
$20.00 same day cash only at the door
TICKETS>>  or call 866-811-4111

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Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. Since 2005, Daum has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times covering cultural and political topics, and has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and Vogue. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and is an adjunct associate professor in the M.F.A. Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

“ Anthologies aren’t famous for changing attitudes en masse, but at the very least this one gives voice to the complexities of assuming and enjoying a ‘child-free’ life. Daum, an essayist, novelist and columnist at the Los Angeles Times, comes to the topic honestly….The 16 essays are cleverly arranged, creating a satisfying intellectual and emotional arc….the reader is treated to nearly every reason one might choose to forgo having children.” – New York Times Book Review

“Oftentimes hilarious and heartbreaking, and riddled throughout with truth.” – Los Angeles Review of Books

“[A] searing collection…The child-burdened should come away from this engaging collection with a rich sense of what they have missed.” – The Washington Post

“…Meghan Daum, has gathered together a group of people who are refreshingly clearheaded….No hand-wringing here. It’s the tone of voice dominating the entire anthology that is so exhilarating: thoughtful, unconflicted, unapologetic. Talk about the light at the end of the tunnel….The women in Daum’s anthology are exciting and admirable…[they’re] a significant, world-changing minority.” – Bookforum

The New Short Fiction Series April 2016 at The Federal Bar NoHo


“In the summer of 2011 when we realized that the series needed a new home for 2012, I wanted a venue that was more than a performance space – it needed to be a place that my audience could “Eat, Drink and Be Literate.” The New Short Fiction Series originated 19 years ago in the NoHo Arts District at The Actors Workout Studio, and we performed our 2001 and 2002 season at The Historic Lankershim Arts Center, so the NoHo Arts District had been a fruitful home to the series in the past. The Federal Bar, at the time recently, opened was suggested to me and when I walked in the door to meet Ed Levy, the General Manager, I knew that this was the place. It’s been a great fit for both the series and The Federal Bar. 2015 is our 3rd year there and my audience loves the environment, the food and drink, and the NoHo Arts District. The most common comment I get is “This is like a New York neighborhood – you don’t see this kind of combination of entertainment and dining on the Westside.” We are very happy and proud to present our 20th at The Federal Bar and we hope that folks will “Eat, Drink and Be Literate” with us.” – Sally Shore host and producer of The New Short Fiction SeriesThe New Short Fiction Series is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

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