Los Angeles Events 6/22/15-6/27/15

Aphasia Book Club of Mid Valley

Mid-Valley Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

The Mid Valley Branch is proud to offer a book club designed especially for adults with aphasia, because everyone deserves to enjoy a good book. Aphasia is a language impairment, usually due to stroke, that affects individuals’ ability to speak, understand speech, read, and write. The Aphasia Book Club provides its members with supportive materials to improve their reading comprehension and ability to discuss complex topics.  A single book will be discussed over a period of several weeks.  Our first book will be Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

The Book Club meets weekly and is open to adults with mild to severe aphasia.  This program is made possible by a grant from the Library Foundation.

Where: Mid-Valley Regional Library

Date: Monday the 22nd

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 16244 Nordhoff Street, North Hills, CA 91343

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/aphasia-book-club-mid-valley

Writers at B&N at The Grove

Adam Silvera discusses his debut novel “More Happy Than Not” with moderator Aaron Hartzler and panelists Jennifer Niven, Holly Goldberg Sloan, and John Corey Whaley.

Where: Barnes & Nobel

Date: Monday the 22th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 3rd Street and Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Website: http://www.bn.com

Author at Book Soup

Victoria Shorr reads from her new novel “Backlands.” Set in the sparse frontier settlements of northeastern Brazil a dry, forbidding, and wild region the size of Texas, known locally as the Sertao Backlands tells the true story of a group of nomadic outlaws who reigned over the area from about 1922 until 1938. Victoria Shorr is a writer and political activist who lived in Brazil for ten years. Currently she lives in Los Angeles, where she cofounded the Archer School for Girls, and is now working to found a college-prep school for girls on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/victoria-shorr-2015

Science at Vroman’s

The highest-rated scripted show on TV, “The Big Bang Theory” often features Sheldon, Howard, Leonard, and Raj wisecracking about scientific principles as if Penny and the rest of us should know exactly what they’re talking about.  The Science of TV’s The Big Bang Theory lets all of us in on the punchline by breaking down the show’s scientific conversations. From an explanation of why Sheldon would think 73 is the best number, to an experiment involving the physical stature of Wolowitz women, to an argument refuting Sheldon’s assertion that engineers are the Oompa-Loompas of science, author Dave Zobel maintains a humorous and informative approach and gives readers enough knowledge to make them welcome on Sheldon’s couch.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/dave-zobel-june-2015

Author at Vroman’s

Robin Benway reads from her new novel “Emmy & Oliver.” Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles–impossible to fit together? Robin Benway is the author of “Audrey, Wait!”, “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June”, and the AKA series. She live in Los Angeles with her extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/robin-benway-june-2015

Author at B&N at the Grove

Jackie Collins launches her new book “The Santangelos: A Novel.”

Where: Barnes & Nobel

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 3rd and Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Website: http://www.bn.com

Poetry Reading

Conney Williams, Iris de Anda, Dennis Cruz, and Rebecca Gonzalez read their original poetry for the patrons of L.A.P.L.’s Vernon branch.

Where: Vernon-Leon H. Williams Jr. Branch Library

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 5-6 pm

Address: 4504 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles. CA 90011

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-reading-0

Robyn Schneider at Skylight Books

Robyn Schneider reads from her new young adult novel “Extraordinary Means,” the stunning follow-up to The Beginning of Everything. In Extraordinary Means, Lane is diagnosed with new strain of tuberculosis and is sent to Latham House, a sanatorium for teens battling the disease. Latham house is a wellness center where the sick teens are nursed back to health. It is a place of no homework, naptime, and medical check-ups. But being constantly monitored is suffocating and Lane yearns for his old life back. Robyn Schneider is a 28-year-old writer and videoblogger. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Beginning of Everything, is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1818 N. VermontLos Feliz, CA

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/robyn-schneider-reads-her-new-young-adult-novel-extraordinary-means-john-corey-whaley

Volossal Group Event With Jackie Castro, Catherine Gigante Brown, Allison Sciulla, Joe Bartnick, and Justin Harrison

Jackie A. Castro – Sex, Fetish and Him is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) with a private practice in Los Angeles, California. Jackie advocates for those in the fetish community. She also offers individual and couples counseling for all people in need, including, but not limited to, those in the LGBT community, and of course, those who struggle with sexual fetish. Catherine Gigante-Brown – The El Catherine’s works have appeared in a variety of publications, including Time Out New York, Essence, Seventeen and The Italian Journal of Wine and Food. The El is a fictional novel that weaves a timeless family saga through a colorful array of unmistakably Brooklyn characters in the midst of the Depression. Allison Sciulla – Is Your Boyfriend Really Your Girlfriend? Allison is an author, comic, musician and multimedia artist. Her first book hit #11 on iTunes and remained in the top 100 for over two years. Joe Bartnick has traveled the world opening for the Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli. In 2011, Joe published the best selling book, You Might Be A Douchebag. Justin Harrison – Confessions of a Fat Player was born and raised in the San Francisco East Bay Area. For the last few years he has been traveling the country as a stand up comedian. Justin’s book, Confessions of a Fat Player brings a fresh and unique perspective to dating for the big man that will leave you laughing and motivated!

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset  Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/volossal-group-event-2015

Writer at Skylight Books

Jack Baxter discusses his new graphic memoir “Mike’s Placde: A True Story of Love, Blues & Terror in Tel Aviv.” Written by filmmakers Jack Baxter and Joshua Faudem and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Koren Shadmi, Mike’s Place chronicles the true story of an infamous terrorist attack in painstaking detail. Rarely has the slow build to tragedy, and the rebirth that follows, been captured with such a compassionate and unflinching eye. Jack Baxter is a filmmaker and freelance journalist from New York City. He and his wife Fran Strauss-Baxter co-produced the award-winning film Blues by the Beach.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jack-baxter-discusses-his-graphic-memoir-mikes-place-true-story-love-blues-and-terror-tel-aviv

An Evening of Dystopian Nightmares: Readings of Love And Murder in America

This reading features authors: Philip Barragan is a writer of fiction and nonfiction stories and essays. He is a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles’ Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program., Rachael Warecki is an alumna of Scripps College, Loyola Marymount University, and the 2008 Teach for America Los Angeles corps. She recently received her MFA in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her fiction has appeared in The Masters Review, Midwestern Gothic, The Los Angeles Review, and Connu., K. Imani Tennyson calls herself a teacher/writer and writer/teacher because she is an English/Language Arts teacher for 10 years, 8 of them in a middle school. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing., and Ashley Perez teach world literature at The Ohio State University.

Where: Bookshow Books

Date: Friday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm


Writer at Skylight Books

Evie Nagy discusses her book Devo’s Freedom of Choice” together with Jake Fogelnest. Evie Nagy is a staff writer at Fast Company and a former editor at Rolling Stone and Billboard. Her work was published in Best Music Writing 2010, and she co-wrote the afterword to Out of the Vinyl Deeps, an anthology of rock writing by the late Ellen Willis, the New Yorker’s first pop music critic. She’s the author of the 33 1/3 book on Devo’s Freedom of Choice, and lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two daughters. Jake Fogelnest is a writer for the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, the Emmy nominated Funny Or Die’s, Billy On The Street, as well as the upcoming Hulu show, Difficult People.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Blvd., Los Feliz, CA

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/evie-nagy-discusses-her-33-13-book-devos-freedom-choice-together-jake-fogelnest

Last Saturday of the Month: Luis Rodriguez at Encino Library

Open mic poetry at the Library. All are invited to participate. Read a classic poem or your own composition. Each presenter will have six minutes. Every month a local poet is featured. June session features 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. (1993)

Where: Encino-Tarzana Branch of LAPL

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 18231 Ventura Blvd., Downtown Tarzana, CA 91356

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/last-saturday-month-poetry-special-guest-los-angeles-poet-laureate-luis-rodriguez

Author Talk – Luis Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez, author of “Always Running” and Los Angeles Poet Laureate will share his thoughts and a reading.  Ask questions and have time to dialoge with a famous author from Los Angeles!

Where: Little Tokyo Branch Library

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 11am – 12 pm

Address: 203 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-talk-luis-rodriguez-0

Poetry at Avenue 50

La Palabra presents an open mic for community poets with four features. akoldpiece has the special gift for creating haiku and short stories with his wit and humble personality. Teressa Córdova has received her B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in Business Law from Cal State Northridge. She is working on finishing her poetry manuscript “In Memorandum: Darkness.” Her work will appear in Angel City Review. Maestro Gamin is an actor, spoken word artiest, emcee and contemporary absurdist. Hiram Sims is a Los Angeles poet and Professor at The Los Angeles Film School. He is the founder of The Urban Poets Society. Hosted by Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 2-4 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CS



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