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News Release| One Campus, One Book; Cal State L.A.

May 6, 2013

Media Advisory

Award-winning novelist Brando Skyhorse
to discuss his journey as a writer

Author of ‘The Madonnas of Echo Park’ at Cal State L.A. May 8

Los Angeles, CA  -- As part of Cal State L.A.’s One Campus, One Book (OCOB) initiative, award-winning author Brando Skyhorse will read from and discuss his national bestseller, The Madonnas of Echo Park, on Wednesday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m., in the Golden Eagle Ballroom on the CSULA campus.

The University’s One Campus, One Book program—an initiative designed to encourage the campus community to read one book collectively—this year selected Brando Skyhorse’s The Madonnas of Echo Park.

In the book, Skyhorse draws from his childhood memories to tell stories of a housecleaner, a bus driver, former gang members, single mothers, and college graduates, whose lives intersect after a drive-by shooting set in the Echo Park community of Los Angeles.

Maria Karafilis, OCOB Committee member and professor of English at CSULA, said, “This book was chosen as the 2012-13 One Campus, One Book selection because, from the first line on, Skyhorse’s fluid and deft prose invites us into a world that resonates particularly with those living in East L.A. communities, and more universally, with anyone who has felt dislocation, alienation, love, loss, and the desire to connect.”

The author received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for this debut novel. Born and raised in Echo Park, Skyhorse is a graduate of Stanford University.

During the lecture, Skyhorse will discuss his journey as a writer, from his childhood home in Echo Park, to the MFA Writers’ Workshop program at UC Irvine, to New York City’s publishing industry. There will also be a preview of his memoir slated for publication in spring 2014.

For more information, go to or contact Christina Sheldon, instruction and reference librarian, at (323) 343-4824.

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