Small Press Book Festival

by Brian Dunlap

Smal Press BookfairVAGABOND is pleased to announce the SMALL PRESS BOOK FESTIVAL, to take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11am – 4:30pm, held at the Wende Museum of the Cold War (10808 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230).

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/19/19 – 8/25/19

downloadSanta Monica Main Library Book Club & Blink at Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Join us for the Santa Monica Main Library Book Club meeting, which is always welcoming new members and alternates between fiction and nonfiction on a month-to-month basis. This month’s nonfiction title is Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell.

Where: Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Date: Monday the 19th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=28527

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Queer Poetry Night

By Brian Dunlap 

20190814_195120As a part of the Influx Colletiv’s free monthly queer poetry reading series, their August 22nd event will be held at Rabbit Hole Bar (24 W. Main St., Alhambra, CA 91801) and will feature LA based queer poets: Angie Guerrero, Rocío Carlos, librecht baker, and Ramy El-Etreby. The event begins at 8pm and they will start with an open mic. There will be happy hour during the entire evening. 

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Review: Susan Straight’s New Memoir Amplifies Stories of Strong Women Who Survive and Thrive

By Janet Kinosian
FROM: L.A. Times

downloadCertain books give off the sense that you won’t want them to end, so splendid the writing, so lyrical the stories. Such is the case with Southern California novelist Susan Straight’s new memoir, “In the Country of Women.”

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/12/19 – 8/18/19

iuPaul Smedley & Huntington Tracks at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Paul Smedley discuss and read from his book, Huntington Trades.

This book tells the story of how Collis and Henry Huntington built their railroading empire into Southern California between the 1870s and the Great Merger of 1911. It is a capitalist’s history, and includes the railroad companies and individuals who tried to stop the Huntington’s progress to forward their own plans and schemes. The birth of the Pacific Electric Railway grew into the most successful electric railway in the world; with 1.100 miles of track in four counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. The book is enhanced with photos, news clippings, and maps to tell the story the best way possible.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/paul-smedley-discusses-and-signs-huntington-tracks

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/05/19 – 8/11/19

ATA070119vromans_img04Beer Tasting & Book Signing with J. Ryan Stradal at Pages Bookstore/Off-site Location

Please join us for a beer tasting and book signing as author J. Ryan Stradal discusses his new novel, The Lager Queen of Minnesota.

Two sisters. One farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make a living, and wonders what her life would be like if she had a share of that money. Helen buys a successful brewery with the proceeds, and is rigid as a steel keg, while Edith has a heart as big as the state. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take decades, but it is surprising and moving when it comes.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, so check website for costs and details.

Where: Los Angeles Ale Works (hosted by Pages Bookstore)

Date: Monday the 5th

Time:  7 pm

Address: 2918 Cerise Ave., Hawthorne, CA 90250

Website: http://www.pagesbookstore.com/event/beer-tasting-and-book-signing-j-ryan-stradal

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