Los Angeles Literature Events 6/8/15–6/14/15

Jane Porter discusses and signs It’s You

Jane Porter reads fromVroman's her new novel, “It’s You.” Plot: In the wake of a tragedy that tore her life down to the foundations, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. So when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him–or anyone else.

Where: Vroman’s

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/jane-porter-june-2015

Cadence Collective Poetry Party

Cadence Collective Poetry Party Open Mic + Featured Poets: Kelsey Bryan-Zwick & John Gardiner. John Gardiner is an actor, teacher, and poet/story teller. He has lots of publishing credits and has won a good number of awards for both writing and Shakespeare performances. Kelsey Bryan-Zwick is a poet, a bookbinder, and an artist from Long Beach, California. As a child she lived in Spain, where she fell in love with the smell of fresh bread, green olives, and began learning Spanish. She earned her B.A. in Literature/Creative Writing-Poetry from UCSC. Kelsey participated in Write Bloody Publishing’s Dirty Dozen Workshop, and she is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee (Cadence Collective).

Where: Gatsby Books

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 7 pm, Sign ups 6:45 pm

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

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

[Aloud] Presents An Evening with Judy Blume

On this special evening, one of America’s most beloved storytellers, Judy Blume, will discuss her work—from young adult classics like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to her new novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event. The story, inspired by a series of real-life plane crashes that occurred in the 1950s in Blume’s home town of Elizabeth, New Jersey, weaves together three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by a succession of disasters.

Where: Aratani Theatre

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://lfla.org/event/an-evening-with-judy-blume/

KATHERINE TAYLOR reads from her newest novel VALLEY FEVER

Katherine Taylor examines high-class, small-town life among the grapes–on the vine or soaked in vodka–in Valley Fever. Valley Fever: Ingrid Palamede never returns to places she’s lived in the past. For her, “whole neighborhoods, whole cities, can be ruined by the reasons you left.” But when a breakup leaves her heartbroken and homeless, she’s forced to return to her childhood home of Fresno, California. Katherine Taylor is the author of the novels Valley Fever and Rules for Saying Goodbye. Her stories and essays have appeared inThe New York Times, Elle, Town & Country, ZYZZYVA, The Southwest Review. She has a B.A. from University of Southern California and a master’s degree from Columbia University.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/katherine-taylor-reads-her-newest-novel-valley-fever-conversation-matthew-specktor

Wednesday Morning Creative Writing Workshop

A workshop where you get right down to writing. The workshop leader offers writing prompts based on the needs and interests of participants. Create, share (or don’t, no pressure!), and discuss the writing life and process. You’ll leave with new writing, new ideas, and the inspiration to continue your work. NOTE: Workshop is $45

Where: L.A. Writers Group

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

Address: 1728 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Unit B, Los Angeles, CA  90046

Website: http://www.lawritersgroup.com/wednesday-morning-creative-writing-workshop-los-angeles/

Rebecca Dinerstein with Maggie Shipstead

REBECCA DINERSTEIN discusses her debut novel THE SUNLIT NIGHT, in conversation with MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD. In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other. In Lofoten, an archipelago of six tiny islands in the Norwegian Sea, ninety-five miles north of the Arctic Circle, they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes, offering solace amidst great uncertainty. With nimble and sure-footed prose, Dinerstein reveals that no matter how far we travel to claim our own territory, it is ultimately love that gives us our place in the world.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/rebecca-dinerstein-discusses-her-debut-novel-sunlit-night-conversation-maggie-shipstead

Poets & Writers’ Fifth Annual Los Angeles Connecting Cultures Reading

Poets & Writers will hold its fifth annual Los Angeles Connecting Cultures reading on Thursday, June 11th at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center. Fifteen writers will be representing the R&W-supported organizations Alexandria House, Literary Soul Symposium, Los Angeles Poet Society, Red Hen Press, and Wellness Works. The reception begins at 7:30pm and the reading will begin at 8pm. This event is free but donations are welcome.

Where: Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Author at Vroman’s 

Jim Shepard discusses and signs “the Book Of Aron” at this author event.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7:00 pm

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

Website: http://vromanbookstore.com

Vermin on the Mount

A night of irreverent readings hosted by author Jim Ruland! Featuring: Meredith Alling is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She has a passion for business, technology, and design. Jerry Gabriel’s first book of fiction, Drowned Boy, won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and was published in 2010 by Sarabande Books. It was a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick and awarded the 2011 Towson Prize for Literature. He lives with his family in southern Maryland. Michal Lemberger’s nonfiction and journalism have appeared in Slate, Salon, Tablet, and other publications, and her poetry has been published in a number of print and online journals, including The Bellevue Literary Review and The Rattling Wall. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. Kevin Maloney was born in Portland, Oregon in 1976. He lived for a time in Vermont but currently resides in North Portland with his girlfriend and daughter. Porchista Khakpour was born in Tehran in 1978 and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area. Her second novel, The Last Illusion was an NPR Best Book of 2014.

Where: Book Show Books

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa, Highland Park, CA

WEBSITE: http://bookshowla.com/event/vermin-on-the-mount-6/

Book Soup Turns 40!

Glenn Goldman opened his humble bookshop on the world famous Sunset Strip in June 1975. He called it Book Soup for reasons that are foggy and (we suppose) lost to history. Despite what you may have heard about independent bookstores, Book Soup is thriving and really excited about our future, right here where we’ve always been, and for at least 40 more years! Readers include: Frank DeCaro author of Dead Celebrity Cookbook, Beth Lapides Creator & host of Uncabaret and author of Did I Wake You? Meredith Maran author of A Theory of Small Earthquakes and Why We Write and Pam Ward author of Get Some, Want Some.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 12

Time: 7 pm

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

WEBSITE: http://www.booksoup.com/over-the-soup-hill-2015

YA Author at Flintridge Bookstore

Lisa Gale Green reads from her novel Soul Crossed.”

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 4:00 pm

WEBSITE: https://www.flintridgebooks.com

Dirty Laundry Lit: EX

Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Reading Performance, featuring: souperstar writer/readers Melanie Thorne, Douglas Brown, Steph Cha, Vicotr Vaquez, Tara Ison, Toni Ann Johnson and introducing Art Currim.

Hosted by Jeff Eyres, Live Set by DJ Cazel, Curated by Natasha Deon.

Where: The Virgil

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Address: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Website: http://www.dirtylaundrylit.com

Poetry at Avenue 50

The Bluebird Readinng Series features an open mic and readings from guest poets; food, drinks and books available. Check website to verify.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 131 N Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA

Website: http://www.avenue50studio.org

Poetry at Flintridge Bookstore

Rattle Magazine presents readings by poets published in the current edition.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada CA

Website: http://www.rattle.com

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