The Midterms are coming! The Midterms are coming!
We know — politics these days are enough to make anyone an escapist. We have a solution: Join the Los Angeles Times for a unique screening of the timeless, 1992 hit “Sneakers,” followed by a conversation with two of its biggest fans, acclaimed writers Roxane Gay and Ben Loory. The Times’ Mariel Garza will facilitate the chat and also show you how to make a plan for those empty boxes on your midterm ballot.
Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.
Ben Loory is the author of the collections Tales of Falling and Flying and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, as well as a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. Loory’s fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Fairy Tale Review, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. Loory lives in Los Angeles and teaches short story writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Mariel Garza has been writing editorials and columns about state and L.A. politics for more than a decade. Before joining The Times’ editorial board in March 2015, she was deputy editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee and is a former editor of the editorial pages of the L.A. Daily News and Los Angeles News Group. She’s a graduate of San Francisco State University.