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Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature Hardcover – April 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Bilingual Press (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931010463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931010467
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,213,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel A. Olivas (www.danielolivas.com) is the author of seven books including "The Book of Want: A Novel" (University of Arizona Press, 2011), and "Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature Through Essays and Interviews" (San Diego State University Press, 2014). Olivas is also the editor of the landmark "Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature" (Bilingual Press, 2008), which brings together 60 years of Los Angeles fiction by Latino writers.

Olivas's fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in many literary journals including Exquisite Corpse, Fairy Tale Review, PANK (online), Bilingual Review, Codex, Superstition Review, Pilgrimage, THEMA, and New Madrid. He has also written for many publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, El Paso Times, California Lawyer, and Jewish Journal.

His writing is featured in many anthologies including "Sudden Fiction Latino" (W. W. Norton, 2010), "Hint Fiction" (W. W. Norton, 2010), and "Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers" (Lee & Low Books, 2001). He shares blogging duties on La Bloga (http://labloga.blogspot.com) which is dedicated to Chicano/a and Latino/a literature.

Olivas is the grandson of Mexican immigrants and is the middle of five children. Born and raised near downtown Los Angeles, he converted to Judaism in 1988. Olivas received his degree in English literature from Stanford University, and law degree from UCLA. By day, he is an attorney in Los Angeles with the California Department of Justice in the Public Rights Division where he has practiced law since 1990. Olivas makes his home in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and son.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MrsD on October 26, 2014
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This is an exceptionally well-curated selection of Latino fiction about Los Angeles - an enjoyable read but also a great insight into the culture and history of LA. The short stories and excerpts are a great way to try out new writers that readers may not be familiar with and if you are interested in California/Latino writing this is a great place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 27, 2014
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Great writing and a very unusual geographic commonality, not to mention cultural, but that's not why you'll live it. It's an excellent collection--I laughed quite a bit and even teared up a few times. Well worth the read--you will enjoy these tales and probably learn something!
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Coble on October 16, 2013
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I'm sorry, but this anthology is absolute crap. I had to order this for a writing class a few years ago and the anthology collaborator came in to lecture. He was absolutely nuts. My professor was also one of the authors of a short story, which was also terrible. I honestly wish this was a better book, because it had so much potential... but its like reading crap literature then trying to ascribe quality and devices to something that's just awful. I'm sure the authors all thought that the stories were great, but I handed this to other professors in the department at that school as well as others and after they read the collaborator's story "Bender" in the book they laughed because its terrible.... Don't waste your money.
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