California Book Club: Dana Johnson - Elsewhere, California (Online Event)

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 5:00pm

Presented by Alta Journal

Thurs., August 19, 2021 • 5:00pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with John Freeman

This event is being hosted through Zoom by Alta Journal. Please RSVP using the above link to receive access to the online event.


Dana Johnson’s Elsewhere, California is a vivid novel of the Golden State. Narrated by Avery Arlington, a Black artist born in South Los Angeles and raised in West Covina, it traces a number of migrations across the physical and social territory of the Southland.

Johnson knows her material—the book’s narrative follows the loose shape of her own life. But she has more than autobiography on her mind. Rather, the novel positions Avery as representative not just of Johnson but also of the entire shifting landscape of Southern California, a place made up of cities and of suburbs, where we move from childhood to the edgy pressures of adulthood and learn that who we are might be different from who we appear to be.

John Freeman will lead a free hour-long conversation with Johnson, which will include a reading by her and questions from the audience. Produced by Alta Journal for streaming on Zoom.


Dana Johnson photo by Gregg Segal



Elsewhere, California: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582437842
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Published: Counterpoint - June 12th, 2012