Life and career. Kalpakian was born in Long Beach, California, the daughter of Peggy (Kalpakian), a secretary, and William Johnson, a technical representative. She grew up in southern California. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of California, Riverside in 1967. After starting her career as a social worker, she earned a master's degree from the University of Delaware in 1970.
Laura Kalpakian is the author of sixteen novels and four collections of short fiction published in the US and the UK. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and nominated for the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, her work has garnered acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Her short stories have appeared in the Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and the US, UK, and India Good Housekeeping, as well as many other magazines and literary journals.
Apr 28, 2020 · Laura’s Books Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell By David Yaffe This heartbreaking saga was the life of the woman who made brilliant the bittersweet “Chelsea Morning” when “The sun poured in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses….”
Laura Kalpakian liked Dan's review of The Great Pretenders: "This is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome so much in 1950’s Hollywood. Coming from a rich Hollywood family, she is estranged from her grandfather (a movie mogul) and works for a talent agency. Having had enough of being molested, she star" Read more of this review »
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Laura took her mother’s maiden name, Kalpakian, when she began to publish. Her mother, born in Constantinople, was just a toddler when the family, Armenians fleeing Turkey, emigrated to Los Angeles. The Kalpakians became citizens, owned a small grocery store, raised four lively daughters who attended USC and UCLA.
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Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell By David Yaffe. by Laura Kalpakian | Apr 28, 2020 | random reader. The New Yorker rave review of this book haunted the internet for at least a year after it and the book were published in 2017. Joni Mitchell remains an enduring icon of American music. Ironically, she is Canadian.
May 05, 2020 · Thank you, Laura, for the excellent review of The Club, one of the best books I’ve read in the past year. And yes, pity poor biographers who must immerse themselves in the life of their subject. What a challenge if there is more than one–and to pull it off without idolatry or tedium.
Apr 16, 2019 · Laura took her mother's maiden name, Kalpakian, when she began to publish. Her mother, born in Constantinople, was just a toddler when the family, Armenians fleeing Turkey, emigrated to Los Angeles. The Kalpakians became citizens, owned a small grocery store, raised four lively daughters who attended USC and UCLA.
Apr 07, 2020 · In 1977 the poet, Phillip Larkin and Lord David Cecil in an article in the Times Literary Supplement both declared her the most under-rated British novelist. Suddenly, ta-da! Suddenly, ta-da! Her reputation shone, and her books returned to the public in smart, uniform trade paperbacks.
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