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Writer on the Radar: Joe Meno


With all the talent Los Angeles has to offer, it can be an arduous climb to the top. So here’s a little extra leg-up.

On the radar: award-winning fiction writer and playwright Joe Meno.

Why the limelight? His latest novel “The Great Perhaps.” It is the story of the Casper family—a strange one to say the least. Desperate searches for the prehistoric giant squid, lab experiments on murderous pigeons, cloud-induced seizures, anticapitalism, atheism and the Iraq War are just a taste of what his quirky and witty novel has to offer. Booklist described it as, “tender, funny, spooky, and gripping, Meno's novel encompasses a subtle yet devastating critique of war; sensitively traces the ripple effect of a dark legacy of nebulousness, guilt, and fear; and evokes both heartache and wonder.”

Where can you find him? Monday June 8, Meno will be reading from his newest novel at Skylight Books in Los Feliz, along with some of his friends.

Joe Meno’s work as a novelist and short story author has awarded him the Nelson Algren Literary Award and the Society of Midland Author's Fiction Prize. He currently is a contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine, as well as a creative writing professor at Columbia College Chicago.

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