Tales From the Edge

By Benjamin Fairway 02/24/12

Those who have survived addiction and lived to write their tales will read from them in LA on Saturday.

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Very few anthologies speak directly to the topic of addiction—let alone ones that receive rave reviews at the same time. But Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Dependency, which was released this month from Modern History Press, has been recommended by both trade publications and blogs. Contributors—including Fix Executive Editor Anna David—will be reading from their essays at 4 pm Saturday, February 25 at LA’s world famous Book Soup. While there will be refreshments and, as the invite promises, “insight into the dark, fascinating world of addiction,” the main emphasis will be on taking the stigma off of an issue that’s faced its fair share of judgment. “Now that I’m sober, I want to call attention to addiction—to bring it out into the open where it can be dealt with honestly,” says anthology co-editor James Brown (The Los Angeles Diaries). “Addicts are just people, from every walk of life, trying to get better and put their lives back together. And that, frankly, is the underlying message of Writers on the Edge—that we can change, that our lives are worth saving." Now we can all raise a glass (of Martinelli’s) to that.

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