Offramp Gallery = 1702 Lincoln Avenue = Pasadena, CA 91103 = 626.298.6931 
420 Characters
Sunday, August 5, 2012, 3pm

RSVP (seating is limited)
The event will be held in the garden . Light refreshments will be available for purchase.
In conjunction with his solo exhibition, Lou Beach: Stories & Pictures from June 24 - August 5, 2012, Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a reading and book signing of Lou Beach's 420 Characters, on Sunday, August 5 at 3pm, during the closing reception for the exhibition. 

420 Characters has been long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award for 2012 and has earned praise from The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Mother Jones and many others.

Copies of 420 Characters will be available for purchase in the Blog Store at the gallery or bring your own copy for Beach to sign. The Cafe will be open.

The exhibition Lou Beach: Stories & Pictures  consists of new and recent collages by the artist. Signed copies of Beach's print, Chef (see below), a commission for the New York Times Review of Books, will also be available for purchase. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, June 24 from 2-5pm and a closing reception, book signing and reading from Beach's recently published 420 Characters on Sunday, August 5 from 2-5pm. The reading will begin at 3pm.

Award winning illustrator, artist and now celebrated author, Lou Beach's multi-faceted talent and career seems to know no bounds. The largely self-taught Beach's genius for creating memorable images has landed him commissions for The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and many other notable publications. His long list of 12" x 12" album cover art includes releases by Weather Report, The Carpenters, Weird Al Yankovic, and the Neville Brothers, just to name a few. 

Beach entered a new phase in his career last year with the publication of 420 Characters, a book of very short stories which began their lives as Facebook status updates. Beach will read from 420 Characters at 3pm during the closing reception on Sunday, August 5. Copies of the book will be available for purchase or bring your own copy for Beach to sign.

Beach was born in Germany to Polish parents in 1947. His name is actually the phonetic pronunciation of his real last name, Lubicz. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

The exhibition coincides with the showing of Jay Willis's welded steel sculpture, Ring of Fire, in the garden.

Lou Beach Publications
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The book was chosen as one of Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011. In this video, Beach is interviewed about 420 Characters for the series, Author Interviews @ amazon.