Bound and Determined

By Lena McGee
From: UCLA Magazine

A Bruin family has kept Caravan Book Store successful for more than 60 years.

NxuDAZjSWhen Morris Bernstein ’47 and his wife, Lillian, opened Caravan Book Store on downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Avenue in 1954, he had no idea how much impact he’d have on the local community. At a time when the streetcar was the main source of transportation and people dressed up to go downtown, Caravan — once adjacent to the former “Bookseller’s Row” — was the place to go. To book lovers, it was Disneyland, a place where you could find old, rare and curious manuscripts you couldn’t get anywhere else.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/20/17 –3/26/17

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Join us to hear author and New Yorker staff writer
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in conversation with author Steve Hely, read from and discuss her delightfully refreshing coming-of-age story, The Idiot. Batuman is also the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, and this debut novel begins in 1995, when email is new and Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. The author discusses this off-kilter journey into adulthood and her recent reporting from Turkey with Steve Hely, comedic author, TV writer and co-host of the podcast The Great Debates.

FREE / Reservations recommended.

The reading and Q&A starts at 7:15 pm; stand-by seating at 7 pm.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Monday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/the-idiot-a-novel/

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READING ACROSS AMERICA: HOW TO CREATE ‘LIVE LITERARY JOURNALS’

WENDY C. ORTIZ ON LESSONS LEARNED PROGRAMMING THE SERIES RHAPSODOMANCY
By Wendy C. Ortiz
From: Lithub.com

reading-seriesBetween 2004 and 2015, I was the curator and host of the Rhapsodomancy Reading Series in Los Angeles. For the first two years I shared this role with Andrea Quaid, until she moved away; after that, I counted on my romantic partner-turned-roadie and the loyal audience members I had to keep the series afloat.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/13/17 –3/19/17

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Join us to hear award-winning poet Ocean Vuong, in conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, read from and discuss his debut full-length collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. Hailed by critics for its powerful emotional undertow, sincerity and candor, Vuong’s poems navigate the overarching worlds of history, sexuality and humanity with startling precision. Reflecting on what it means to write as a Vietnamese refugee in the contemporary space, he reads and discusses his work with Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose writing also often explores the Vietnamese American experience.

FREE / Reservations recommended.

The reading and Q&A starts at 7:15 pm; stand-by seating at 7 pm.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Monday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/night-sky-exit-wounds

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African American Angeleño Authors

by Brian Dunlap
bod-liemert-sign-2In honor of Black History month (a few days late, I know), I am highlighting many of the powerful African American authors of Los Angeles literature. Their voices tap into a Los Angeles rarely portrayed, much less portrayed honestly. Nonetheless they tape in to an essential Los Angeles of a good, strong community struggling to survive among the racist realities of the LAPD and redlining that relegated most of them to the South Central/Watts neighborhoods of Los Angeles. In their writing you can hear the ancestral griot, telling their collective stories, as Kamau Kaaood has done for decades with his spoken word poetry. You can experience their witnessing that such writers as Michael Datcher in his Memoir Raising Fences does, when he first moves with his family from Indiana to South Central Los Angeles in 1977 at 10. Here he witnesses and experiences police brutality against Blacks. He was “returning from Gaffey Street Pool” with his cousin Jeff and two friends. “A white man leaped out [of the cop car], clutching a gun in both hands, arms stretched out forward and stiff…he had to squat down to line up the bridge of my nose.”

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/06/17 –3/12/17

Lambda Literary Festival logo 6LAMBDA LIT FEST Los Angeles to be held at Various Locations, March 6-12, All Week (see below)

The First Annual LAMBDA Literary Festival, a celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and letters in the Southland will be held from March 6-12, 2017. All events are FREE and open to the public! No reservations are required, but tickets for some events are available through Eventbrite via website.

Learn more at www.LambdaLitFest.org  and below at each event’s individual listing.

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