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Steve Erickson's next book coming from Europa in 2012

Steveerickson_2005 Steve Erickson's next novel will be "These Dreams of You," coming from Europa in 2012, the publisher announced Monday. Erickson is one of Southern California's most innovative novelists; he runs the creative-writing program at CalArts and its literary journal, Black Clock.

Recognition of Erickson's work has come in the form of a  grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters award.

Erickson's debut novel, 1985's "Days Between Stations," was praised by no less than the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon. "Steve Erickson has that rare and luminous gift for reporting back from the nocturnal side of reality, along with an engagingly romantic attitude and the fierce imaginative energy of a born storyteller. It is good news when any of these qualities appear in a writer -- to find them all together in a first novelist is reason to break out the champagne and hors-d'oeuvres."

Other novels by Erickson include "Amnesiascope" (1996), "Our Ecstatic Days" (2005) and "Tours of the Black Clock" (1989).

In addition to being a novelist, Erickson is also a longtime film critic and has written two nonfiction books about electoral politics, 1989's "Leap Year" and "American Nomad" (1997).

Erickson's most recent book, "Zeroville," a strange and funny novel of '60s Hollywood, also was published by Europa. It was named a best book of the year by Newsweek, the Washington Post and the L.A. Times.

 -- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Steve Erickson in 2005. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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Erickson doesn't run the MFA Writing program; he's program faculty. The program chair is Christine Wertheim.


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