Goodreads Author Chat with Victoria Patterson and James Brown

Goodreads.com is hosting an online author chat for Victoria Patterson and James Brown from April 4 – April 18. For James Brown, join the discussion here: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/46011.Q_A_with_James_Brown For Victoria Patterson, join the discussion here:http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/46012.Q_A_with_Victoria_Patterson If you love books, and don’t know Goodreads, it’s high time you join Goodreads.com to get the latest on your favorite authors as well as to discover new...

Review of This River by James Brown in The Oregonian

James Brown’s gift to write with such baring honesty about drug and alcohol addiction and how it took hold of his life earned praise in the Oregonian: “James Brown’s “This River” is a second memoir, after “The Los Angeles Diaries,” that deals in a down-to-earth way with addiction and its subtle grip on a man’s life. Brown is such a clean, honest writer that it’s impossible not to be moved by his story or to pick out the best passages, although the ones about coaching his sons on the wrestling team are particularly...

Vromans’ Blog Interview with Victoria Patterson

A Pasadena local, Victoria Patterson has spent a lot of time at Vromans Bookstore. In an interview with Vromans Blog she talks about her new critically acclaimed novel THIS VACANT PARADISE and the many hours she spent at Vromans to finish it.  Here’s an excerpt: “Tell me about your history with Vroman’s? I have quite a history with Vroman’s.  It’s still where I get my books, and I’ve taken my boys to Vroman’s since they were born. In fact, I used to come to Vroman’s coffee shop and write while my kids were at church daycare.  And I wrote there often.  This is when my kids were very young, and I was desperate for time to write.  I wrote an essay about it: you can read it here. When Drift’s publication date arrived, I went to Vroman’s to buy my book.  I went alone.  I can’t tell you the feeling: walking into Vroman’s and seeing my book.  I will never forget it.  After I bought Drift, I went to the coffee shop where I used to write to show the workers, and they were all happy for me because they knew me.  One of the customers overheard us and asked me, “Did it take you a long time to write it?”  Before I answered, one of the employees said, “Oh yes!  It took her forever.  She was always in here–writing, writing.  It took her a very, very long time.” Don’t miss Victoria Patterson’s joint reading with James Brown at Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena tomorrow, Thursday, March 24, 7 pm. Food and drink will be...

Interview with James Brown on Bibliocracy Radio

Host Andrew Tonkovich interviews award-winning author James Brown about his new memoir THIS RIVER: James Brown is the author of several novels and the acclaimed memoir The Los Angeles Diaries, which gained a cult following for Brown’s powerful and unsparing portrayal of his turbulent childhood and spiraling drug addiction. THIS RIVER tracks Brown’s slippery road to redemption – his once delicate relationship with sobriety, his agonizing relapses, and his whole-hearted attempts to become a better father. Unflinching in its exploration of life’s darkest realities, THIS RIVER ultimately tells an inspirational story about forgiveness, hope, and family. A story about what it means to A story about life itself and what it means to come to terms with the best and worst in oneself and others. Listen/download a free recording of the interview here:...

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Victoria Patterson interviews James Brown for Nervous Breakdown: “You write about what you care most about, what you know most about, what you think most about, the memories that haunt, your obsessions, your shortcomings, your successes and failures, and how all these experiences and feelings have shaped how you see yourself and others, particularly those you love most in this crazy world.”    ...