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''Take a journey to discover a literary geography joining that diverse breadth of biomes to our complex diversity of peoples and their narratives--Californians remembering, yet in 2012, also encountering with the particular astonishment of new eyes, the Golden State as mythic idyll of pain and possibility, prison and sanctuary, rebellion and conservation, broken promises and promises always.''
--Karen Tei Yamashita, author of I Hotel
''There is way too much literary gold to not mine near California's sunny hills and dark fault lines: the unignorable talent herein is as stable as TC Boyle and rooted as Maxine Hong Kingston, the voices as nouveau noir as Manuel Muñoz and as ballsy as Suzanne Lummis. Sit down, drink something hot or cold, get comfortable.''
--Dagoberto Gilb, author of Before the End, After the Beginning
''[California] is as much a golden dream as it is a messy traffic jam, a cerulean sky as it is a million heartbreaks, an idea as much as a destination.''
--Andrew Lam, author East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres
''The stories, essays, and poems in this compelling anthology create a crazy-quilt California for the new economy. Expect the unexpected: You will never look at Cesar Chavez, internment camps, environmentalists, or that sexy guy at the bar in the same way again.''
--Cheryl Klein author of Lilac Mines
''Whether standing in North Beach or in the wet soil of the Central Valley, here you have the physical anatomy, the karmic soul and lint-bits of the state I love and loath most--California.'' --Tim Z. Hernandez, author of Skin Tax
Gayle Wattawa, thoroughly addicted to contemporary literature, always carries with her a well-worn public library card and a relentless weakness for book reviews, literary journals, and lit news blogs. She is the founding editor of the ''New California Writing'' series and editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California's Inland Empire. As Heyday's acquisitions and editorial director, she has supervised the assemblage of a half-dozen other literary anthologies as well.
Writer, editor, translator, and broadcaster David Kipen--founder of Libros Schmibros, a lending library/used bookshop in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles--developed the nationwide Big Read program as the National Endowment for the Arts's director of literature. He also worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for seven years as its book editor and critic and is the author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History.