Los Angeles Literature Events 6-1-15-6-7-15; 10th ANNUAL LUMMIS DAY FESTIVAL Friday-Sunday

Online Sign-ups begin for Summer Reading Club for Toddlers-Teens!

Sign up for Summer Reading Clubs for Preschoolers through Teens starting today!  On the Library Home Page, look under “Check-it-out” for Summer Reading Clubs. This will take you to the registration page for readers of all ages.

Burbank-Library-logoWhere: Main Branch, Burbank Public Library

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 9:30 am

Address: 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502

Website:  http://burbanklibrary.com/events/online-sign-ups-begin-summer-reading-club-toddlers-teens

Bruce McCullough: Let’s Start A Riot

In his book, Let’s Start a Riot: How a Young Drunk Punk Became a Hollywood Dad Bruce chronicles his journey from wild early days as a “young punk” in 1980s Alberta, to his flannel plaid days and futon nights in 1990s Toronto, to becoming a “pajama-clad dad” living in the Hollywood Hills. Bruce McCulloch is a Canadian actor, writer, comedian and film director. He is known for his work as a member of the Kids in the Hall, the popular comedy troupe, and as a writer for Saturday Night Live.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, CA 90027

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/bruce-mcculloch-discusses-his-new-memoir-lets-start-riot

ALEKSANDAR HEMON reads from his new novel THE MAKING OF ZOMBIE WARS

In Aleksandar Hemon’s new novel “The Making of Zombie Wars,” Josh Levin is an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago. His laptop is full of ideas, but the only one to really take root is “Zombie Wars.” When Josh comes home to discover his landlord, an unhinged army vet, rifling through his dirty laundry, he decides to move in with his girlfriend, Kimmy. It’s domestic bliss for a moment, but Josh becomes entangled with a student, a Bosnian woman named Ana, whose husband is jealous and violent. Disaster ensues, and as Josh’s choices move from silly to profoundly absurd, The Making of Zombie Wars takes on real consequence. Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, The Lazarus Project, Love and Obstacles, and The Book of My Lives. When he lives, he lives in Chicago.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 1818 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/aleksandar-hemon-reads-his-new-novel-making-zombie-wars

French Language Book Club

The French Language Book Club will be discussing La liste de mes envies by Grégoire Delacourt. The club meets the first Tuesday of every month.

Where: Burbank Central Library

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Address: 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502

Website: http://burbanklibrary.com/events/french-language-book-club-10

Locklin-Lerner-Margrave: Three Knockout Poets – One Stage

Fight the June gloom with a night of poetry featuring Gerald Locklin, Linda Lerner (From NYC), & Clint Margrave. Gerald Locklin is now a Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Long Beach, where he taught from 1965 through 2007 and still teaches an occasional class. He is the author of over 150 books, chapbooks, and broadsides of poetry, fiction, and criticism, with over four thousand poems, stories, articles, reviews and interviews in periodicals.  Linda Lerner’s latest collection, Yes, the Ducks Were Real, was published by NYQ Books (Feb. 2015) as was her previous full length collection, Takes Guts and Years Sometimes (2011). She’s been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Clint Margrave is the author of The Early Death of Men, a collection of poems published by NYQ Books. His work has also appeared in The New York Quarterly, Rattle, Cimarron Review, Verse Daily, Nerve Cowboy, and Ambit (UK), among others.

Where: Gatsby Books

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 5535 E Spring Street., Long Beach, CA 90808

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events/

Red Hen Press at the Annenberg Community Beach House

These four master storytellers examine life’s many twists and turns, from the mundane to absurd. Ron Carlson’s The Blue Box, a collection of flash fiction, uses small space to tell big stories whose themes run the gamut from finding love to finding lake monsters. In Kids in the Wind, Brad Wethern tells delightful tales of childhood in a small seaside town, of the magic and madness found in the minds of the young. Ellen Meeropol’s On Hurricane Island confronts the hot-button issue of personal freedom in her wild tale of a math professor kidnapped by federal agents. In How to Carry Bigfoot Home, Chris Tarry tells thrilling tales to lay bare what makes us truly human.

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/956863031025345/

Poetry Workshop For Spanish Speakers/Taller de Creacion Poetica

For beginning writers who are more comfortable writing in Spanish. Learn and extend your poetic and literary possibilities using your imagination applied in the process of poetry writing.

Where: Tía Chucha’s Central Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Unit A | Sylmar, CA 91342, CA

Website: http://www.tiachucha.org/calendarevents/

Poetry: UCLA Award-Winning Student Poets 

or over a decade, Hammer’s Poetry Series has concluded its annual offerings for the academic year with a reading by a stellar group of up-and-coming writers who have won awards for competitions sponsored by the Department of English or by a statewide consortium of universities. Tonight you will experience just why this group of UCLA-educated poets have garnered praise. Please enjoy this new wave of literary talent in action, and join our tradition of welcoming their unique voices into the world.

The UCLA Department of English is pleased to announce the winners of these creative writing competitions in poetry for 2015-2015:

The Fred and Edith Herman Memorial Prize from the Academy of American Poets
Tina Lawson for “The Dusty Plains of Cheeks” and other poems

The Fred and Edith Herman Memorial Honorable Mention
Donna Tang for “Migration” and other poems

The Shirle Dorothy Robbins Award (first place tie)
Sarah Nance for “In the Kitchen Room” and other poems
Jeremy Schmidt for “The Like Poems”

The Shirle Dorothy Robbins Award (second place)
Neela Saraswati for “Trainstops” and other poems

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/06/poetry-ucla-award-winning-student-poets/

Noches de Canto y Poesia (Spanish Language Version of Tía Chucha’s Open Mic)

Noches de Canto y Poesía son un tiempo dedicado a músicos, poetas y cantantes de la comunidad para que expresen su arte en español o con influencia Latina. Esto incluye pero no es limitado a boleros, baladas, rock en español, folklórico, latinoamericano, ranchera, trova, canto nuevo, jarocho, huapango y más. Todos están bienvenidos! Entrada gratis.

Where: Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Sylmar, CA 91341

WEBSITE: http://www.tiachucha.org/programming/

10th Annual Lummis Day Schedule

Lummis Day celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and an annual festival that draws the community together for a shared experience while providing a platform for cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds. Note: Full schedule on website

Where: Northeast Los Angeles: Mariachi Plaza, Southwest Museum, Lummis Home, York Park at Avenue 50, Sycamore Grove Park

Date: June 5, 6 and 7

Time: Friday, 4 pm – 8 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10:30 am – 7 pm

Address: Various; CHECK WEBSITE

WEBSITE: http://www.lummisday.org/schedule#

10th Annual Lummis Day Schedule

MARIACHI PLAZA, FRIDAY JUNE 5, 4 – 8 PM
* 4:00       Suspect
* 4:40       Luis J. Rodriguez
* 5:10       Jessica Fichot
* 6:00       Casa 0101 Theater:  Excerpt from      “Cholas, Chicanas y Chisme”
* 6:30       Diavolo Institute Youth Performance Company from STAR Prep Academy                                   performing T.R.U.S.T.
* 7:00        Mariachi Tierra Mexicana de Oscar Chavez

SOUTHWEST MUSEUM, SATURDAY JUNE 6, 10AM – 4PM
* 10:00        Exhibit, “Back to The Roots: A Tribute to Richard Duardo” opens
* 12:00        Tribute to Richard Duardo program        with Wayne Healy
1:00         “Back to the Roots” themed poetry hosted by Linda Kaye. Poets Vibiana             Aparicio-Chamberlin, Jim Bolt, Judith Terzi, Jeff Rogers, Miriam Quezada Hagerman, Alfredo Madrid. Accompanied by Saxaphonist: Joel Shryack
* continuous: Music by Dave Porter, Hector Sanchez
* 4:00 Exhibits close

10th Annual Celebrating Words Festival: Written, Performed & Sung

The Annual Celebrating Words Festival: Written, Performed, & Sung is an annual, one-day celebration held to honor, encourage, and promote literacy and the arts to the Sylmar and surrounding communities. Come and enjoy community artists, poets, musicians, authors and youth from different cultural backgrounds as they share their expressive arts. Check out the Video for Celebrating Words Festival 2011: http://youtu.be/4x-0twykEqQ! WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/456892961145387/

Where: Pacoima City Hall

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/456892961145387/

QueerWise On Parade

Kicking off Gay Pride Month, QueerWise will bring hundeds of years of experience to a reading encompassing the power of being who you are, especially if you describe yourself as “queer.” The collective, under Michael Kearns’ direction, is composed of a diverse group of GLBT members (all 50+) who have established themselves as one of L.A.’s most prodigous Spoken Word factions during the past four years. QueerWise On Parade will reveal heart and soul stories of politics, romance, struggle, and resolve.

Where: Silver Lake Library

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 2411 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake, CA 90039

Website: http://www.queerwise.net/

Sumarr Reading Series

Pop—Hop Books & Print Sumarr Reading Series. This edition of the reading series features Los Angeles poet Douglas Kearney—Raised in Altadena, He teaches at Cal Arts, where he received his MFA in Writing. His most recent book of poetry is Patter which examines miscarriage, infertility, and parenthood; Anthony Abboreno—is a local Chicago Artist who currently lives in Oak Park, Illinois His work is mainly in acrylics on canvas but he also works in oil and watercolor. Amy Silverberg—is a writer who lives in L.A. Her fiction has appeared in various places. She likes animals doing people things. Chris Muñiz—has an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Writing from the Cal Arts. His research focuses on the literature, music and politics of globalization, with an emphasis on Third World urbanization, transnational border zones, and Native American and Chicano history/culture.

Where: Pop—Hop Books & Print

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 5002 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Website: http://www.thepophop.com/

FIRST SUNDAY OPEN READING

Our popular monthly open reading. This month’s feature: Lisa Montagne. Hosted by Steve Goldman. Sign ups begin at 4:45 PM. Five-minute limit. Suggested donation $5.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice CA 90069

Website: http://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

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