Rod Val Moore Reading

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room (JR319)

Los Angeles based writer of weird texts, Rod Val Moore, will be reading on from his new novel, Brittle Star this week!

Wednesday, November 18
5:30 PM
Linda Nichols Joseph Room, JR 319


“In this sly and hypnotically gripping story of exiles on a distant planet where nothing is what it seems, Rod Val Moore shows us our own imagination as both wonderland and prison cell. This is Huxley’s Brave New World as it might have been reinvented by Italo Calvino: part dystopic allegory, part epistemological mindgame, and always a brilliantly insightful investigation of the human soul.”

— Stephen O’Connor, author of Here Comes Another Lesson

"A...mixture of Sartre and The Prisoner."— Publishers Weekly       

ROD VAL MOORE was born in Ogden, Utah, but has spent most of his life in California, earning degrees in English from UC Berkeley and UC Davis, and a masters degree in linguistics from USC.

He has published short stories in a variety of journals, including The Western Humanities Review and Prairie Schooner. In 1994 he won the Iowa Fiction Award for his story collection, Igloo Among Palms, which was subsequently published by the University of Iowa Press, as well as by Hinterlands Press. In 2013 his novel A History of Hands won the Juniper Prize for Fiction, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and was published by them in 2014.

 Over the last few years he has completed residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, Ragdale in Illinois, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, where he finished his What Books Press novel Brittle Star. He currently teaches English, linguistics, and creative writing at Los Angeles Valley College, and lives in midcity L.A. with his wife, the artist Lisa Bloomfield.