Friday, June 6, 2014

Blog Tour: What Happened Here

Follow Along With Bonnie’s Virtual Book Tour Using the Link on the Banner!

We're helping Grab the Lapel's wrap up their What Happened Here blog tour today. If you didn't happen to catch any of the other stops, please click on this link and check them all out!


What Happened Here delivers a wildly different cast of characters living on the same block in North Park, San Diego, site of the PSA Flight 182 crash in 1978. The crash is history, but its legacy seeps in the stories of the neighborhood’s inhabitants, bringing grief, anxiety, and rebellion to the surface and eventually assists in burning clean the lives of those who live in the shadow of disaster. Amidst the pathos of contemporary life, humor flits through these stories like the macaws that have taken to the trees of North Park. The birds ensure that there’s never a dull moment in the neighborhood, and their outrageous colors and noisome squawks serve as constant reminds of regrowth.

You can purchase What Happened Here using this link!

The following video is called North Park Eclectic and was inspired by What Happened Here. In it, you will see interviews, photographs of the crash site, and the current North Park neighborhood.


Bonnie ZoBell’s chapbook The Whack-Job Girls was released by Monkey Puzzle Press in March 2013. She has received an NEA fellowship in fiction, the Capricorn Novel Award, A PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, the Los Angeles Review nominated one of her stories for a Pushcart Award, a place on Wigleaf’s Top 50, and a story published by Storyglossia was named as a notable story in story South’s Million Writers Award.  After receiving an MFA from Columbia on fellowship, she has been teaching at San Diego Mesa College where she is a Creative Writing Coordinator. 

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing to see how people who remember the crash react to it. One guy who was younger gets really choked up. The woman whose brother was on the plane seems very, very calm. Traumatic experiences do unusual things to people.