Former Bay Area high school social studies teacher Joel Arquillos dedicated his life to writing, but unlike so many others who moved to Los Angeles, he's not pitching screenplays. The 38 year-old Executive Director of writing and tutoring nonprofit 826LA wants to equip the next generation of L.A. kids with the writing chops they need to hit it big in Hollywood, or bring in the As at Harvard.
Arquillos manages two 826 offices in Los Angeles—one in Echo Park and one in Venice—and oversees the organization's savvy push toward running programs on school campuses. Last year 826LA taught writing to over 6,000 students, many of whom come from low-income, Latino backgrounds.
The 2010 list season is upon us, and on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times made use of the catchy 10/10/10 date to kick it off. They listed the 10 best "best-of" books of 2010 (which means one 10 got left out, right? But never mind). There's some fun ones on the list that I didn't know existed and want to read, specifically The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 by Dave Eggers and an 826 student, and I always enjoy The Best Food Writing series. I also think it's interesting that there's a best-of-web book, though I don't know that that's going to be on my reading list any time soon.