Patton Oswalt introduces an afternoon reading, signing & haircut party with author Harlan Ellison.
Harlan Goes to Hollywood w/ Patton OswaltLa Luz de Jesus (4633 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA) Map it Free
From publishing his first story at the tender age of 11 to punching out his literature professor almost a decade later, Harlan Ellison both chronicled and embodied the rise of juvenile delinquency in postwar American culture, himself joining a youth gang under the moniker "Cheech Beldone." But throughout his skirmishes with the law, Ellison was always a gifted writer — even while writing pulp fiction under yet another pseudonym, Paul Merchant. A collection of Ellison's "violent stories of naked passions" was originally published as a mass-market paperback called "Sex Gang" in 1959, and since the real identity of the book's author has been unveiled, first-edition copies of "Sex Gang" fetch upwards of thousands of dollars at auction. But you don't need to drop your nest egg to read it, because Brooklyn-based indie publishers Kicks Books is reissuing all the stories from "Sex Gang" in two volumes: "Pulling a Train" and "Getting in the Wind." To celebrate Ellison's return to his roots, join Patton Oswalt in honoring the author himself in this unique afternoon adventure, beginning with Ellison's haircut at Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop (accompanied by two greaser thugs with chains and switchblades) followed by a demented procession to La Luz de Jesus, where Ellison reads from and signs copies of his books. This time, he's using his real name.