The Inland Empire is host to a lot of different places and people. One thing that a lot of folks in the area don’t realize is how many of our residents are quite notable around the world. We were recently lucky enough to meet up with the author of “The Los Angeles Diaries”, James Brown, and resident of the Inland Empire.
James Brown’s life is chronicled for all to see in his writing. He plainly and bluntly illustrates his own inner struggle as well as his conflict with personal demons. He’s one of the best American writers out there and he calls the Inland Empire home. One of the benefits of this is how often people in the area are treated with readings and signings by him. Particularly lucky are students who attend Cal State San Bernardino where he teaches. He has written one of the most prolific books of our time and, when he’s not being interviewed by CNN or other huge news organizations, he spends time in the San Bernardino Mountains with his wife and children. James’ wife is famous in her own right, Paula Priamos the author of the memoir “The Shyster’s Daughter” and professor at Cal State San Bernadino.
For those that don’t know, “The Los Angeles Diaries” is a book that was chosen best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Independent in London and it has be heralded and praised by some of the best known authors out there right now. James Brown’s current book, “This River” is something of a continuation to that book and regales his more recent exploits. What makes these books so applicable to the region is how much the area plays into the story. He takes the Inland Empire and uses it as a reflection of his own state of mind and perception. To anyone who lives in the area, reading his books holds a much higher degree of appreciation and understanding.
All praise aside, this blog is about getting people out and about in the Inland Empire and surrounding areas. That said, James Brown has been known to do lots of book readings and signings all throughout the Inland Empire and LA/OC regions. For those that are fans of his books, or just plain interested, any information can be found by checking out our Facebook page, or his personal website.