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    Alta Asks Live: Alex Espinoza

    - Author Alex Espinoza will join Alta Asks Live to discuss the connections and inspiration found at a 50-year-old California writers community, his historical look at the radical pastime of cruising, and so much more. 
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Alta Asks Live: Sara Borjas

Writer, poet, and educator Sara Borjas will join Alta Asks Live to discuss her debut poetry collection, how the current global movements around racism and oppression are represented in the arts and why that's important, and so much ...

David L. Ulin says that “science fiction grows out of its moment, and out of the writer’s engaged response to those times.”
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Talking with David L. Ulin

Alta’s books editor discusses how science fiction is “responsive,” the influence of music on his writing, and the emerging body of pandemic and quarantine literature.

Novelist Katie M. Flynn says she’s become “deeply skeptical of the tremendous influence tech companies have on our lives.”
SCOUT PRESS
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Talking with Katie M. Flynn

Sci-fi novel The Companions is set in a post-pandemic California where survivors are in quarantine and the consciousnesses of the deceased are the intellectual property of a tech company.

Tod Goldberg, author of Gangster Nation, is also a podcaster and a professor. He draws inspiration from “bingeing TV and reading poetry, [which] do the same thing to my brain,” he says.
LINDA WOODS
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Talking with Tod Goldberg

The Gangsterland series examines identity and the moral consequences of violence.

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Alta Asks Live: David L. Ulin

Books Editor David L. Ulin joins Alta Asks Live to discuss the groundbreaking work of author Philip K. Dick, how the sci-fi genre is especially timely right now, and the challenges Alta writers faced while trying to report during ...

The central characters of Rishi Reddi’s Passage West are people who leave “what is near and familiar and travel—either psychologically, geographically, or socioeconomically—far from where they started.”
PETER TANNENBAUM
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Talking with Rishi Reddi

The first-time novelist explores ideas of identity and citizenship among South Asian immigrants in California’s Imperial Valley of the early 20th century.

Edan Lepucki says that her work asks a central question: “How can we truly know another person?”
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Talking with Edan Lepucki

Sixty essays tackle a question of identity: Who were our mothers before they became mothers?

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