Since its debut in July, Slake has become L.A.'s deserving literary darling. The quarterly publication, founded by former L.A. Weekly edit-honchos Laurie Ochoa and Joe Donnelly, has been feted at loads of bookstore and gallery events, but now graduates to the prestigious Hammer Readings series with Slake L.A.: Iconoclasts. Ochoa says, "The theme of our next issue is 'Crossing Over' and our Hammer event on Wednesday is a sort of crossing over because the audience will hear two of our best stories from Issue 1, and a preview of Issue 2. Our readers for the night Mark Z. Danielewski, Jerry Stahl, Lauren Weedman and Mary Woronov are not only excellent writers, but they're great performing storytellers. Joe and I are doing short Q&As with each of them. It will be one of the first times that people can ask Danielewski, for instance, about his mad-genius impulse to write a 27-volume project about a 12-year-old girl who finds a kitten." Issue 2 will feature work by James Greer, artist Matjames, Greg Burk, Joseph Mattson, Victoria Patterson, Yxta Maya Murray, Margaret Wertheim and many more. And as for that $18 cover price? Donnelly responds, "When you divide the amount of time it takes to read and look and touch Slake by $18, it's practically free."
Wed., Oct. 27, 7 p.m., 2010