Here’s Bill Wolfe (in his great blog Read Her Like An Open Book) interviewing Jessica Anya Blau, with whom I’ll be reading at KBG Bar in NY this coming Sunday. Can’t wait to get my hands on “The Summer of Naked Swim Parties”!



Jessica Anya Blau is the irrepressible author of three darkly comic novels set in her home state of California: The Summer of Naked Swim Parties (2008), Drinking Closer to Home (2011), and The Wonder Bread Summer (2013). She was educated at UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University and has lived in Toronto and Baltimore, but her sensibility  remains distinctly Californian.

Her latest novel has attracted a lot of attention and received great acclaim for its depiction of a madcap California road trip set against the dark underbelly of the 80s cocaine culture. Influences from Alice in Wonderland abound. NPR selected the novel as a “Thrilling Summer Read,”’s book club picked the book as a “Thrilling Beach Read,” and CNN featured it as a “Best Beach Read.”

But here we mostly discuss Blau’s first novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, which I reviewed on Sept. 1.

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