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PEN Center USA Event

By Joy Bennett

22 hours ago

Susan Minot, photo by Joy Bennett

 

This morning I went to a very interesting reading by Susan Minot, author of Thirty Girls. It was sponsored by PEN Center USA.  Ms. Minot discussed her book and working life.  The book tells the heartbreaking tale of girls taken hostage by rebels in Uganda, and is based on a true story.  To find out more about PEN Center USA or join, visit penusa.org.

  • RAW Artists

    By Joy Bennett

    4 days ago

    Sarah Goff of The Elizabeth Kill band, April 13, 2014

    I just went to a delightful private showcase of local creative types last night in Hollywood. They had wonderful musicians, artists, designers, stylists of all kinds, it was a lot of fun. Tons of talented folks around... read on

  • We Are the Best!

    By Joy Bennett

    1 week ago

    Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures

    Last night I was invited to a screening of a very cute and adorable film, We Are the Best! directed by Swedish director Lukas Moodysson.  It’s an appealing and funny tale about three 12 and 13 year olds trying to form a punk band set in 1982 in... read on

  • Out of the Bronx

    By Joy Bennett

    2 weeks ago

    Writer Jerome Kass, photo by Joy Bennett

    Last night I went to a delightful private reception for a new book, Out of the Bronx by Jerome Kass, published by my friends Robert Wallace and Robert Asahina of Asahina & Wallace.  It was a beautiful afternoon, at a lovely home up in... read on

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  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concert

    By Joy Bennett

    2 weeks ago

    Richard Montoya at Moss Theater April 3, 2014

    Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Westside Connections concert at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.  Their special guest was Richard Montoya, a very talented writer/actor/filmmaker.  He... read on

  • The Music of Films

    By Joy Bennett

    3 weeks ago

    Harry Gregson-Williams poster at The Wallis

    Today I went to a fascinating presentation at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  Harry Gregson-Williams talked about his remarkable career as a film composer.  He is the musical genius behind the... read on

  • MONOGEM

    By Joy Bennett

    3 weeks ago

    Scott Smith and Jen Hirsh of MONOGEM

    Last night I went to a really cool private music release party by MONOGEM, a very interesting up-and coming band fronted by the charming singer/songwriter Jen Hirsh.  The band is a collaboration between Jen and producer/songwriter Scott... read on

  • Gloria Film Review

    By Joy Bennett

    March 12, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    I really enjoyed this movie.  The lead actress, Paulina Garcia, plays Gloria, and owns almost every frame of the film.  She rightfully won Best Actress award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival for this role.  Gloria tells the story of a middle-aged (not older as some... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Joy Bennett lives in Santa Monica, California and is the author of Under a Quarter Moon, a poetry and short story collection; and a novel called Cruise.  She has also been...

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