Yearly Archives: 2015
Still Life illuminates the ways we grieve, how we make sense of tragedy and devastating loss, and how a broken family can escape a heartbreaking past…In deft strokes, Sie both skewers and celebrates culture, with Las Vegas almost becoming a character infused with artifice and promise.
An innovative and engaging first novel…adults will be transfixed by this story of family dysfunction and the redemption of a teen coming out.
Oh, but it’s been a long long time since I’ve written— I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been on a whirlwind tour promoting my book, but really it’s just been Life: a new writing class at Los Angeles Writer’s Workshop, the Olympic marathon that is Thanksgiving, high school applications and tours, the annual clusterfuck of holiday events and shopping and year-end minutiae. However, there have been a few work-related events to savor in the dwindling glow of 2015
A flurry of October events that has left me a bit discombobulated but ever so satisfied… The month began with a return to the hometown of my adulthood—Chicago. I’d imagined a homecoming similar to Bette Midler’s in “The Rose”—I would get up to do a reading, start singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and collapse (cue plaintive piano […]
James Sie’s Still Live Las Vegas stands tall alongside a number of other glorious debuts… Sie’s novel is a fascinating hybrid of family dysfunction, graphic narrative, and the traditional bildungsroman.
Colin Marshall gives an in-depth interview with illustrator Sungyoon Choi and me about working on the novel together.
An interview by Heather Scott Partington for Electric Literature.
I’ll be reading an excerpt of Still Life Las Vegas at Stories Books & Café, 1716 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026 as part of “Homo-Centric,” a monthly reading series at the Café.
A swirl of mythology and collective memory, a jumble of times and places overlaid, like half-dreamt palimpsests, on one young man’s circumscribed world…At rendering matters of grief and of memory, Mr. Sie and Ms. Choi are masterful. So too do they craft a gripping narrative…Mr. Sie’s emotional realism ensured a riveting read.