Los Angeles Literary Events 6/29/15 – 7/5/15

Author at Book Soup

Neon Sign in West Hollywood CA

Alexandra Petri will present the book “A Field Guide to Awkward Silences.” Most twentysomethings spend a lot of time avoiding awkwardness. Not Alexandra Petri. Afraid of rejection? Alexandra Petri has auditioned for “America’s Next Top Model.” Afraid of looking like an idiot? Alexandra Petri lost “Jeopardy!” by answering “Who is that dude?” on national TV. Afraid of bad jokes? Alexandra Petri won an international pun championship. But Petri is here to tell you: Everything you fear is not so bad. Trust her. She’s tried it. And in the course of her misadventures, she’s learned that there are worse things out there than awkwardness–and that interesting things start to happen when you stop caring what people think.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/alexandra-petri-2015

Author at Vroman’s

Jay Rubin reads from his novel of World War II era Seattle, “The Sun Gods.” Arriving in Seattle on the eve of World War II, Japanese-born Mitsuko falls for Tom, a widowed pastor, and becomes surrogate mother to his fair-haired American toddler, Bill. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor strains the newly formed family as U.S. government mandates and Tom’s growing discomfort with all things Japanese force Mitsuko and young Bill to leave Seattle and Tom behind for the Minidoka Internment Camp, unsure if they will ever return. JAY RUBIN is a professor of Japanese literature at Harvard University, where he has employed the pedagogical techniques contained in Making Sense of Japanese “as infrequently as possible.”

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/jay-rubin-june-2015

Author at Westwood Library

Best-selling author Gina Nahai will read from her book, The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. In her book, she depicts the life of Iranian Jews in exile in America, specifically located in Los Angeles.

Where: Westwood Branch of LAPL

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 6pm

Address: 1246 Glendon Avenue, Westwood, CA 90024

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-talk-gina-b-nahai

Travel at Vroman’s

Carolyn Campbell discusses “City Secrets Paris: The Essentail Insider’s Guide.” City Secrets Paris brings together the recommendations of artists, writers, historians, architects, chefs, and other experts whose passionate opinions and highly informed perspectives illuminate well-known sites as well as overlooked treasures. Robert Kahn (editor) has worked as a musician, schoolteacher, legal worker in U.S. immigration prisons, track coach, freelance writer, and newspaper reporter and editor.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/carolyn-campbell-june-2015

Writer at Skylight Books

Jason Squire Fluck reads from his debut novel “Jon Fixx.” Jon Fixx is a clever, light-hearted thriller dressed up in the trappings of a misguided romance. The novelty of writing love stories as wedding gifts has worn thin for Jon as his own love life falls to pieces. But when Mafia Don Tony Vespucci comes knocking, Vespucci won’t take no for an answer. As Jon’s choices carry him deeper into the dark nexus of the FBI and La Cosa Nostra, Jon realizes what he writes could have life or death consequences. Born in CA and raised in PA, Jason Squire Fluck spent most of his childhood reading books. After college, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and writing.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jason-squire-fluck-reads-his-debut-novel-jon-fixx

Westchester – Loyola Village Branch Library

Pre-Schoolers come Wednesday mornings in Westchester for stories, songs, rhymes, and more! Storytimes last about 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes free playtime with boardbooks and manipulative toys. Best for children ages 18 months to 4 years. Note: Space is limited; first come, first served.

Where: Westchester – Loyola Village Branch Library

Date: Wednesday the 1st

Time: 10:15 am

Address: 7114 W. Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/storytime-52

Author at B&N at the Grove

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

Where: Barnes & Nobel

Date: Wednesday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.bn.com

Literary Trivia Night at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch!

Brush up on your literary knowledge and join us for some fierce competition! Free to play, all ages welcome. Refreshments will be served and there will be prizes for the winners, too!

Where: Veroman’s Hastings Ranch

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 6 pm

Address: 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/trivia-night-hastings-ranch-july-2015

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

EAT ART Open Mic

Bookshow Books monthly poetry and prose open mic hosted by Sabrina Dropkick!!!!

Where: Bookshow Books

Date: Friday the 3rd

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 5503 North Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA, 90042, United States

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/tradeschool-la-class-3/


Escape for the evening to the Land of Enchantment with author readings from New Mexico.
JOHANNA DEBIASE will read from her debut fabulist novella, Mama & the Hungry Hole (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2015). DeBiase writes from New Mexico where she is spellbound by the energy vortex of Taos Mountain. Originally from New York, she earned her BA in Literature and Creative Writing from Bard College and her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.  LINDA MICHEL-CASSIDY is a writer, visual artist and sometime-teacher living in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. Her fiction has been published in: Prick of the Spindle, Jabberwock, Blackheart’s ten-year anthology, Jet Fuel and others. CAROLYN MARTONE is a writer from New York. She wrote That’s Okay, I Didn’t Want That Job Anyway – A Memoir, early chapters of which were edited by author Frank McCourt. As a writer-in-residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, she completed UPSTATE, a television series about a stand-up comedienne with panic disorder. Note: Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 3rd

Time: 8 pm


Storytime with Mr. Steve!

Pre-schoolers welcome for this fun story time in Pasadena!

Where: Veroman’s Books

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 10 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/storytime-time-mr-steve-july-4


With guest artists reading & singing, and a visual display of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the March on Washington. Featuring: JILL FENIMORE (guitarist), APRIL HALPRIN WAYLAND (violinist), and more. Note: Admission $4 for all!

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Independence Day

Los Angeles, go enjoy the 4th of July! Celebrate with friends and family. Literary events will return on Monday!

Where: City of Los Angeles/Los Angeles County

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 8 am – 12 am

Address: All over L.A. County

Website: N/A


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