Los Angeles Literary Events 7/6/15 – 7/12/15

Speakeasy/Open MicOpen Mic

It’s the first Monday of the month, and The Last Bookstore has got their open mic night happening! Enter your voice into the conversation. Be Heard. Come early to get a good spot in line!   NOTE: Sign up is at 7:45 pm

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 453 S Spring St – Ground Floor, DTLA, CA 90013

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/events/speakeasy-open-mic-night-2/

Poetry Workshop

Join the Westwood Branch library for a poetry workshop. Bring at least one poem you have written and one poem you really like.

Where: Westwood Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 1246 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-workshop-1

Writers at the Beach House

Red Hen Press hosts poets Brynn Saito, Mahogany L. Browne, and Richard Siken. Brynn Saito is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure (Red Hen Press, 2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Award. Her second book of poems, Power Made Us Swoon, will be published by Red Hen Press in 2016. Richard Siken is a poet, painter, and filmmaker. His poetry collection Crush (Yale University Press, 2005) won the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, a Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Mahogany L. Browne is the author of books including Swag & Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & listed as About.com’s  Best Poetry Books of 2010. Browne is also the Director of Poetry at the famous Nuyorican Poets Café. Note: RSVP at 310.458.2257

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90204

Parking: $5

Website: http://redhen.org/events/rhp-at-the-annenberg-beach-house/

SciFi at the Last Bookstore

Wesley Chu celebrates the launch of his latest futuristic novel, “Time Salvager.” TIME SALVAGER is a novel that explores the ethics of time travel, a very bleak vision of Earth’s future, and the power of hope. With TIME SALVAGER, Chu has imagined a future in which humans have all but abandoned a toxically polluted Earth and eke out a meager, hardscrabble existence in the outer solar system. Wesley Chu debut novel, The Lives of Tao, earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award. He lives in Chicago.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Downtown LA, CA

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/events/wesley-chutime-salvager/

Readings at Book Show

It’s summer night reading fun at BOOK SHOW! Fair Dig presents Mari Naomi, Myriam Gurba, and Brodie Foster Hubbard reading from their works. MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories and the upcoming Turning Japanese. Myriam Gurba is a high school teacher who lives in Long Beach, California, home of Snoop Dogg and the Queen Mary. She graduated from UC Berkeley, and her writing has appeared in anthologies like The Best American Erotica. Brodie Foster Hubbard is a writer and musician living in Los Angeles. He likes stories, vegan food, fitness, and an eclectic array of eccentric, obscure, and ephemeral things. He was a reporter for a publication called The Fight, covering politics and social issues relevant to the local LGBT community and did an investigative report on the Bradley Manning case featured on the news program “The Young Turks.”

Where: Book Show Books

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7:00 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa, Highland Park, CA.

Website: http://www.bookshowla.com

Author at Arcana

Chris Wiley introduces “Jonas Wood & Shio Kusaka: Blackwelder,” an illustrated look into the world of the artists.

Where: Arcana Books

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Website: https://www.arcanabooks.com/blog/2015/Jun/25/shio-kusaka-jonas-wood-blackwelder-book-signing-wednesdday-78-4-6/

Karen Joy Fowler discusses and signs Black Glass: Short Fiction

Pen Falkner award winner Karen Joy Fowler discusses and signs her book “Black Glass: Short Fiction,” reissued with a new addition. An early work from PEN/Faulkner Award winner and Man Booker finalist Karen Joy Fowler, reissued and beautifully repackaged for new fans and old. Karen Joy Fowler is the author of The Jane Austen Book Club,  Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and others. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and five grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/karen-joy-fowler-july-2015

[A]loud Presents LA Writers at LAPL

[A]loud presents “Love, Los Angeles: A Conversation in Words & Images” with native daughters, journalist and essayist Lynell George and writer Marisela Norte, talking in words and pictures about their city. “Love, Los Angeles” is a letter in progress—a series of notes, fragments, reflections and odes—written by two native daughters navigating the quickly-changing landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Through photographs and texts, journalist and essayist Lynell George and writer Marisela Norte have tunneled on foot from Boyle Heights to Venice and the Miracle Mile to Arcadia, crisscrossing time, place, dreams, and memory. Share in these in-the-moment observations of hope, grit, faith and longing as they are presented for the first time on stage, and eavesdrop on this intimate look into the heart of our city.

Where: LAPL Taper Auditorium

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 5th & Flower, Downtown Branch LA, CA 90017

Website: http://lfla.org/event/love-los-angeles-a-conversation-in-words-and-images/

Authors at Skylight Books

Author Marc Bell launches his graphic novel “Stroppy” and Anders Nison launches “Poetry Is Useless.” Marc Bell was born in London, Ontario, and has befuddled and bemused his readers for almost twenty years. He is the author of Hot Potatoe, Pure Pajamas, and Shrimpy and Paul and Friends. He is a twin. Anders Nilsen is an award-winning cartoonist and visual artist. He is the author of several books, including Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow and the magnum opus Big Questions, awarded the 2012 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1818 N. VermontLos Feliz, CA

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/marc-bell-launches-his-debut-graphic-novella-stroppy-and-anders-nilsen-launches-poetry-useless

Words, Spoken

During a five-day workshop supported in part by Poets & Writers, high school students had the opportunity to examine what makes words perform, what it means to speak and embody text, and what we can do to harness our personal histories, our identities, and voices. Led by renowned Los Angeles poet Natalie Patterson and guest speakers, Words, Spoken gave student writers a way to share their work, and build upon their poetic and writing skills. Join us for the culmination of this workshop: the publication of a book featuring their poetry and a reading where everyone will have their say.

Where: 826LA Mar Vista Branch

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 12515 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, CA 90066

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar

Forbidden Pleasures: Poetry In Translation With Stephen Kessler & Suzanne Jill

STEPHEN KESSLER and SUZANNE JILL LEVINE, award-winning translators read from their new books, Forbidden Pleasures by Luis Cernuda (Kessler) and Tides, poems by Pedro Xavier Solís Cuadra (Levine). Tides, by Pedro Xavier Solís Cuadra, is the first collection by the Nicaraguan poet to be published in English, translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine. This will be a bilingual reading with JORGE LUIS CASTILLO, a critic of Latin American poetry and a prize-winning fiction writer, who teaches at
UCSB.  Note: Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 8 pm

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Readings With Lidia Yuknavitch, Roxane Gay, Wendy Ortiz And xTx

Please join us at The Last Bookstore for a conversation between Lidia Yuknavitch, Roxane Gay, Wendy Ortiz and xTx. Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water and the novel Dora: A Headcase. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Iowa Review, Mother Jones and Ms. Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s and Tin House. She is the co-editor of PANK. Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015). She co-founded the Rhapsodomancy Reading Series in L.A., which she has curated and hosted since 2004. xTx is a writer living in Southern California. Her work has been published in places like The Collagist, PANK, Hobart, The Rumpus, The Chicago Review

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 453 S Spring St – Ground Floor, DTLA, CA 90013

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/events/a-conversation-w-lidia-yuknavitch-roxane-gay-wendy-ortiz-and-xtx/ http://lastbookstorela.com/events/a-conversation-w-lidia-yuknavitch-roxane-gay-wendy-ortiz-and-xtx/

Life Story Writing Class

Turn your memories into vivid writing for inner exploration, to preserve family history, or to prepare for publication. Try your hand at memoir writing and fiction.  We provide a warm, supportive atmosphere. No writing experience is necessary.

Where: Silver Lake Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 2 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/life-story-writing-class-0

Author Mathieu Cailler “Loss Angeles” Book Launch Party

Mathieu Cailler weaves tales which bring to life the deeply-human experience with loss and its range of outcomes. From loneliness to recovered relationships, from despair to redemption, from heartbreak to humor, these fifteen [Los Angeles] stories illuminate the sadness, bewilderment, conflict and ultimate hope which can come from each human being’s inevitable encounters with loss. Mathieu Cailler is a writer of poetry and prose. His work has been published in Ardor, Epiphany, and The Saturday Evening Post. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, he has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train New Writers Award, the New Rivers Press American Fiction Prize, and the Carve Magazine Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. 

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events/2015/7/11/loss-angeles

POETRY CAFE : poems on demand, for you, from us – at the fair!

COME OUT and get FREE poem from Jessica Ceballos and/or Karineh Mahdessian!!! Poetry Café is by  jessica ceballos (and friends) of Poesia Para La Gente a project based out of Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park. poesia + cafe = a place for poetry making, one person at a time, one inspiration at a time. With the hopes of inspiring the poet in you. For us.

Where: Poetry Café at the Renegade Arts & Crafts Fair at Grand Park

Date: Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th

Time: Saturday 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 3:45 pm

Address: Grand Park, 200 North Grand Avenue, DTLA, CA 90012

Website: http://poesiacafe.tumblr.com/upcoming

Bluebird Reading Series presents a HOMAGE TO BUKOWSKI

Sharing Bukowski’s work, and/or reading their own inspired work. To laugh, maybe cry, to celebrate his influence on us the real people, and also the writers, the drinkers, the lovers and haters of life, and lovers of Los Angeles.
Tomas Benitez
Felicia Gomez Verdin
John Martinez
Kym Ghee
Jim Marquez
NOTE:+ open mic (limited to 2 minutes each. max. not 5 minutes, not 3 minutes, not 2.5 minute. 2 minutes)

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 5 pm – 8 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042

Website: https://www.facebook.com/BluebirdReadingSeries

Author at Gatsby’s Books

Book launch and discussion with attorney and author William John Cox of “The Holocaust Case: Defeat of Denial” on the real life story behind the cases establishing the facts of Hitler’s atrocities to the world, and debunking the holocaust deniers. William John Cox is an American public interest lawyer, author and political activist.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events/2015/7/12/holocaust-case-defeat-of-denial

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