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Q&A with LA Author Heather Havrilesky

Heather Havrilesky signs 'Disaster Preparedness' at Vroman's tonight.
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When we first talked with LA-based writer Heather Havrilesky in 2004, she was working as the TV critic for Fast forward seven years, and she's just published her memoir Disaster Preparedness and makes a stop at Vroman's bookstore in Pasadena tonight at 7 pm for a reading. (She'll also be making another appearance at the West Hollywood Library on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 2 pm if you can't make it tonight.)

We caught up with Havrilesky recently and asked a few questions about her book, LA and life after

1. What spurred you to write a memoir now as opposed to your Social Security years?

The book is mostly about my childhood and young adulthood. I would've written it a decade ago, but I was too unfocused to figure it out. Anyway, I plan to spend my Social Security years in some kind of a prescription-drug-addled haze that has no element of nostalgia to it.

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2. Your parents' divorce obviously had a profound effect on you. Was writing the book part therapy?

Their divorce was actually a big relief, compared to their marriage. I do write about the effects of having my mom move out of our house for a summer, before my parents officially broke up. That part was awful. I didn't plan on dredging that up - like so much of the book, I just wandered into the most painful and humiliating territory possible. This is how we masochists do it!