Los Angeles Book Launch
The Last Bookstore welcomes author LARRY FONDATION and his newest short story collection, Martyrs and Holymen
With Martyrs and Holymen, Larry Fondation continues to record gritty stories of city life. In his fifth book of “L.A. Stories” he has expanded the scope to include the experiences of Angeleno soldiers on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan also returning home. When Fallujah is transplanted to Southern California, “survival” can take many meaninigs, all of them translating into four letter words. Fondation details the scars left by that which does not kill us, and tests the notion that we really are left stronger by experience.
Praise for Larry Fondation’s L.A. Stories series:
“Fondation’s fiction is so far past noir that it’s almost surreal. What’s horrifying is that it’s not surreal; it’s real. Fondation is the author of three books of fiction… and each of these books is a small masterpiece.” (Transfuge)
“A journalistic sensibility pervades not only the stories’ plots but also their prose… this kind of writing results in a spare, oddly affecting beauty.” (American Book Review)
Fondation has, “…gathered together scrap material about the lives of the down-and-out, the despondent, the criminal and the poor, and had rendered their miserable quotidian lives so that Everyman might receive some belated attention. The result is that the sad and commonplace tale of a Greek chorus takes precedence over the tragedy of an Antigone or Oedipus.” (Rain Taxi)
“…the Raymond Carver of the noir novel.”
—Hubert Prolongeau, Marianne Magazine
Work of “….dazzling effect served by masterful language.”
—Mikael Demets, L’Accoudoir
“… a crescendo connecting at 100,000 volts.”
—Martine Laval, Le Matricule des Anges
Larry Fondation is the author of the novels Angry Nights and Fish, Soap and Bonds, and of Common Criminals, Unintended Consequences and Martyrs and Holymen, all three collections of short stories. His fiction focuses on the Los Angeles underbelly. His three most recent books feature collaborations with London-based artist Kate Ruth.
Fondation has lived in LA since the 1980s, and has worked for nearly 20 years as an organizer in South Los Angeles, Compton and East LA. His first three books are being published in France by Fayard. The first, Angry Nights (FC2 National Fiction Competition Winner, 1994), translated as Sur Les Nerfs (“On the Edge”), appeared in French in January 2012. It was nominated for the 2013 Prix SNCF du Polar. The second, Criminels Ordinaires (Fayard), was published in February 2013. Fondation is a recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship in Fiction Writing.