Photo of Deanne Stillman by Cat Gwynn

This event was scheduled April 9, 2024.

Join SLO NightWriters for a special evening on April 9 featuring a conversation with critically acclaimed writer Deanne Stillman, author of American Confidential: Uncovering the Bizarre Story of Lee Harvey Oswald and His Mother.

Stillman, a widely published author of literary nonfiction, wrote the cult classic Twentynine Palms, an LA Times Best Book of the Year that Hunter Thompson called “a strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” Her other books include Blood Brothers (Ohioana Book Award Winner), Desert Reckoning(an Amazon Editors Pick), and Mustang (another LA Times Best Book of the Year). She is a founding professor in the University of California at Riverside Palm Desert Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program, where she taught for thirteen years.

The conversation with Stillman is scheduled during the SLO NightWriters meeting on Tuesday, April 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Chandler Hall, UCC SLO, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe will have copies of American Confidential available for purchase and for the author to sign after the meeting.

American Confidential is a mother-son noir tale that delves into Lee Harvey Oswald’s nomadic boyhood and the world of his restless and disillusioned mother, who passed along a legacy of class resentment and a clamorous need to matter. “American Confidential leaves you mind blown with a whole new perspective on a world, and a history, you thought you knew,” novelist and screenwriter Jerry Stahl writes. “It’s a brilliant, riveting read.”