Kate Gale, Under a Neon Sun & DC Frost, A Punishing Breed

Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 6:00pm

We are excited to welcome Kate Gale and DC Frost for a reading a signing of their new books, Under a Neon Sun: A Novel by Kate Gale and A Punishing Breed by DC Frost.

Praise for Under a Neon Sun

"Kate Gale has the kind of range most writers only dream of. Just as her gift as a poet and lyricist makes for sentences that shimmer and pop, her skill as a storyteller makes for tightly constructed, page-turner plots driven by characters filled with longing, beauty, and flaws. Under a Neon Sun is the rare novel that has it all." — Marya Hornbacher, author, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

"In the wellspring of creativity, there is sometimes a generosity that mirror's the poet's gift. It is the heart inside the heart, and so it is with Kate Gale. She gives out of what she feels was given to her so that we can all sit in the light of a greater gratitude." — Afaa M. Weaver, author, A Fire in the Hills

"Whether she's writing a poem, a lyric essay, or a novel, Dr. Kate Gale's work always brims with brilliance, wit, and compassion. . . . She bleeds and breathes literature, and we're all the better for her blood and breath." — Douglas Manuel, author, Trouble Funk

About Under a Neon Sun

Unable to afford rent, Mia—a community college student—lives out of her car, cleaning houses of the well-to-do in the LA area to survive on her shoestring budget. Then Covid hits, and everything changes.

For people living in houses and apartments, with stay-at-home jobs, the pandemic was inconvenient. For Mia the pandemic destroys the very source of her paltry income. Fortunately, gutsy and funny Mia is a determined survivor. After weeks of cutting her limited spending even further, missing meals along the way, her wealthy employers become desperate for her services again. This time, she’s determined not to let them take advantage of her as they have in the past. Her newfound confidence strengthens her new hope as she works to escape the shackles of poverty on her own terms.

Sally Rooney meets Elizabeth Strout in this brilliant fiction debut.

Praise for A Punishing Breed

“In this mystery, debut novelist DC Frost takes us through the lush world of a tony liberal arts college and its murderous undergrowth. Masterfully moving between voices, the plot and the psychological twists push us forward, keeping us compulsively reading to the very last page.” — Désirée Zamorano, author of Human Cargo and The Amado Women

About A Punishing Breed

A murder mystery that takes place in Los Angeles, the city of angels, freeways, Santa Ana winds, and honeysuckle slithering through chain-link fences and perfuming LA's dark streets and neighborhoods.

Detective Arias hunts for a murderer on a liberal arts campus that prides itself on its progressive curriculum but is rife with jealousy, racial and sexual tensions, and a hierarchy as real and destructive as a medieval fortress. DJ Arias, good at his job because he sees the worst in people, is challenged by the college community, a neighborhood recluse, and a young Latino gardener he sent to jail ten years ago for a hit-and-run accident. Through the course of his investigation, Arias will find out no one is who they appear to be. He begins to reclaim his humanity by adopting a dog he names Evidence and finding the clues to a crime born from a dark secret not contained in the past but alive in the present, which will cast destruction and murder on the denizens of the small liberal arts campus.

Dr. Kate Gale is co-founder and managing editor of Red Hen Press, editor of the Los Angeles Review, and a teacher in the low residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in poetry. She is author of seven books of poetry including The Goldilocks Zone (University of New Mexico Press) and Echo Light (Red Mountain), and, most recently, The Loneliest Girl (University of New Mexico Press). She is also the creator of six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis, which had its world premiere at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. She lives in Los Angeles.

DC Frost is a second-generation Angeleno. For almost twenty years, she has worked at a small private liberal arts college in the heart of Los Angeles. DC loves and respects Southern California, a melting pot of class and culture that is often misrepresented and misunderstood in popular fiction and media. DC lives in Eagle Rock, California, with her husband, who is an NPR journalist and reporter, and three rescue dogs. DC and her husband have an adult son, a filmmaker, who resides in Los Angeles.

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Under a Neon Sun By Kate Gale Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953103499
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Published: Three Rooms Press - April 23rd, 2024

A Punishing Breed By DC Frost Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939096173
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Published: Canis Major Books - June 11th, 2024