(Up-and-Coming) California Authors: Andrew Foster Altschul

CLAREMONT, California - September 15, 2008

Andrew Foster Altschul, a lecturer in the creative writing program at Stanford University, will read from his novel Lady Lazarus on September 17, as part of a new speaker series, (Up-and-Coming) California Writers. Altschul is a former music journalist and rock DJ whose short fiction and essays have appeared in publications including Esquire, McSweeney’s, Fence, One Story, StoryQuarterly, and anthologies such as Best New American Voices 2006 and O. Henry Prize Stories 2007. His stories have been listed in the 100 Notable Stories index in Best American Short Stories in both 2006 and 2007 and have received three Pushcart Prize nominations. Altschul received his MFA from UC Irvine, and is a frequent contributor of political analysis to The Huffington Post.

The (Up-and-Coming) California Writers series will feature three writers this fall, reading from their latest publications. Diana Lenney, author of Bigger Than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, will speak at Scripps on October 15, and Jeff Soloman will read his short story The Third Breast of Hilda Von Why on November 12. Sponsored by the Malott Commons and the Scripps Writing Program, this series showcases California writers on the rise: writers whose work was first published during the past few years, or whose most recent writing ventures into new territory — in all three cases, to great critical acclaim.

All readings in the series take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 in the Vita Nova Lecture Hall, located on the Scripps campus. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 909.607.9372.