Alibi Bookshop May Joan Didion Book Club: Eve’s Hollywood by Eve Babitz

Alibi Bookshop May Joan Didion Book Club: Eve's Hollywood by Eve Babitz

We have a change in plans! After last night’s discussion of “Play It As It Lays,” we started discussing Joan Didion’s take on Hollywood and Eve Babitz, and thought it would be fun to read “Eve’s Hollywood” (and postpone “Where I Was From” until June).

Eve Babitz and Joan Didion were contemporaries, with a complicated relationship. I always recommend reading both of them — two “daughters of California” writing about similar subjects with different views. In fact, “Eve’s Hollywood” was referred to as “Not-Joan’s Hollywood.” As Vanity Fair wrote, “This is certainly true of their books. Eve’s Hollywood—sunny, casual, meandering, the littlest bit slipshod—and Play It As It Lays—dark, airless, precise, every word placed on the page just so—make for natural companions. They complete and reveal one another. And to understand a particular postwar L.A., you must read both.”

So I apologize for switching up May’s Book Club title, but I think that “Eve’s Hollywood” is the natural — and perfect — follow up. It’s going to be a terrific read and discussion, so please join us!

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Date(s) - Thu, May 18, 2023
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


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624 Marin St., Vallejo


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