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John Fante’s 100 Birthday

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Zocalo will host an event at the Hammer Museum this Tuesday to celebrate Los Angeles novelist and screenwriter John Fante’s 100th birthday. David Kipen will moderate a panel that includes Fante biographer Stephen Cooper. Fanatical readers of this blog will recall how highly I regard Steve and his work.

Fante was a close friend of Carey McWilliams, who claimed that he kept his companion “reasonably sober, away from the race tracks, draw poker sessions, opium dens and other low dives, properly confined to home and hearth and study and in regular attendance at mass.”


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