An Open Letter to Ken Brecher and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles

By Jen Hofer and Antena
FROM: L.A. Review of Books Blog

untitledTo Ken Brecher and the Staff and Board Members of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles:

The two collectives I co-founded, Antena and Antena Los Ángeles, recently received an invitation to participate in the upcoming Mobile Museum Fair that the Library Foundation of Los Angeles is organizing at the Los Angeles Public Library in January 2019. In the wake of the unjust and as yet unexplained firings of Maureen Moore and Louise Steinman from their positions as Associate Director and Director of the ALOUD series respectively, and the unanswered calls for accountability on the part of Ken Brecher and the LFLA Board, I am writing to inform you unequivocally that neither Antena nor Antena Los Ángeles will work with LFLA until this matter is resolved in an ethical, respectful and transparent way — as not just Maureen and Louise but also the many communities who love both the ALOUD series and the amazing beloved Los Angeles Public Library deserve.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 11/12/18 –11/18/18

downloadWorkshop: Humor Writing with Lydia Oxenham at 1888 Center for the Arts

Humor Writing: Where to Begin is a workshop that teaches you how to turn a funny idea, joke or experience into something others can read (and Laugh at!). You’ll leave with tips for finding inspiration, strategies for getting the most out of your idea, and the motivation to finally go home and write with humor. Instructor Lydia Oxenham is a writer and studied comedy writing at UCLA and the Upright Citizens Brigade.

NOTE: The cost is $10 for the workshop, and you may purchase tickets at website link.

Where: 1888 Center for the Arts

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 115 N. Orange St., Orange, CA 92866

Website: http://www.1888.center/calendar/workshop-humor-writing-where-to-begin/

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An interview with Daniel Acosta Regarding His Young Adult Novel, “The Iron River”

by Daniel A. Olivas
FROM: La Bloga

9781941026946_p0_v1_s550x406Daniel Acosta was born in Monterey Park, California, and grew up in Iron River’s Sangra neighborhood, across the street from the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks until his teens. After graduation from San Gabriel Mission Grammar School, he spent his high school years in Compton, California, at the Catholic Claretian Junior Seminary.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 11/05/18 –11/11/18

download.jpgAnnie Leibovitz & Annie Leibovitz at Work at Book Soup

Join us to hear acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz discuss and sign her book, Annie Leibovitz At Work. Originally published in 2008, this revised and updated edition brings her bestselling book back into print. She will explain how her pictures are made and her process in developing one of the richest bodies of work in the photographic canon. Please check website for signing line guidelines and details.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 5th

Time: 1 pm – 2 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/annie-leibovitz-signs-annie-leibovitz-work

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Los Angeles, City of Poets

by Sesshu Foster
FROM: LARB

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailONE DAY, when my brother Paul was 12, he came home wearing a shirt made from the American stars and stripes. My uncle caught him — my uncle owned the East L.A. house we lived in at the time and he reminded us of this fact regularly. He beat Paul to the floor and tore the shirt off. That same year, they put Paul on a Greyhound bus at the old terminal on Sixth and Los Angeles Streets and sent him up to Northern California to live with our dad. After a couple years, Paul was out on his own, moving through a series of hippie communes, Big Sur cabins, and foster homes, where he started reading Allen Ginsberg and the Beats.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 10/29/18 –11/04/18

downloadPage Turner Book Club & Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore at Encino-Tarzana Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us for our monthly Page turner Book Club, where we post our selections for the upcoming months so you can plan ahead. For this month, October, we are reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

Where: Encino-Tarzana Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/page-turners-book-club-0

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Speaking up for ALOUD at the Central Library

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This month marks the 25th anniversary of the reopening of the Los Angeles Central Library after a cataclysmic fire and phoenix-like rebirth. It is also the 25th anniversary of ALOUD, the library’s landmark program of conversations and performances that has played a crucial role in reviving the image of the city center as a cultural destination Continue reading