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Author KELLY OXFORD. PHOTO: Blake Little.

Kelly Oxford’s New Book is Finally Here


by C California Style

We’ve been waiting

136-WHOT-BIT-03_1000x1338“In each of those stories, I placed myself as the heroine,” says author, social-media powerhouse and screenwriter Kelly Oxford of the tales that comprise her first best-selling essay collection, Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar (It Books). Her follow-up, When You Find Out the World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments (Dey Street Books, $27), examines “the other side, which is when you come to terms with your anxiety and those moments when you find out, ‘Oh shit, right,’” she says. “It’s the same kinds of stories but from a different point of view.” In her latest, the L.A.-based Canadian plumbs some of her life’s defining experiences, including her first earthquake. “Writing is so cathartic,” says the mother of three, who penned part of the book during stays at L.A.’s Hotel Covell and Beverly Wilshire. “I just think about my audience. The more honest I am, the better it is.” @kellyoxford.

Edited by LESLEY McKENZIE.

This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of C Magazine.