Los Angeles Literary Events 7/20/15-7/26/15

Skylight Books

Author at Skylight Books

Author Louisa Hall discusses her new novel Speak with Ivy Pachoda. This thoughtful, poignant novel explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence—Illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understanding. In a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the seventeenth century, to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, this series of stories is told from the perspectives of five very different characters, in a structure reminiscent of David Mitchell.  Speak considers what it means to be human, and what it means to be less than fully alive.

Louisa Hall holds a PhD in literature from the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches literature and creative writing, and supervises a poetry workshop at the Austin State Psychiatric Hospital. She is the author of the novel The Carriage House and her poems have been published in numerous journals.

Ivy Pochado is the author of Visitation Street and The Art of Disappearing. She has A BA from Harvard and a MFA in fiction from Bennington College.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Monday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/louisa-hall-discusses-her-new-novel-speak-together-ivy-pochoda

Shane Kuhn at Book Soup

Author Shane Kuhn discusses and signs his thriller Hostile Takeover, the sequel to his bestselling debut novel The Intern’s Handbook. In this novel professional assassin John Lago faces off against his deadliest adversary yet—his wife.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday, the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://http://www.booksoup.com/shane-kuhn-2015

HAMMER PRESENTS: Literary Death Match

Called “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the Los Angeles Times, Literary Death Match features four authors, three all-star judges, two finalists, and one epic finale. Now in 57 cities worldwide, this wild live show has been optioned for TV and returns to the Hammer for its annual summer spectacular.


Literary Merit: Jerry Stahl, best-selling author of Permanent MidnightI, Fatty and the all-new OG Dad
Performance: Jon Cryer, actor (Two and a Half MenPretty in Pink) and author of So That Happened
Intangibles: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, actor (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the upcoming sitcom The Grinder with Rob Lowe)

Amelia Gray, author of the all-new GutshotMuseum of the Weird, and the PEN/Faulkner finalist Threats. Jillian Lauren, best-selling author of Some GirlsPretty and the all-new Everything You Ever Wanted. Liana Maeby, debut author of South on Highland. Sarah Tomlinson, journalist, and debut memoirist of Good Girl.

Where: UCLA Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, CA 90024

Website: http://www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/07/literary-death-match

THE RwlrGiHtTe READ at Stories

THE RwIrGiHtTe READ, curated and hosted by PEGGY DOBREER, features writers of Prose and Poetry, with a four minute-limit Open Reading. Food and Sign ups at 6:30pm. Reading will begin promptly at 7. Stories closes at 9:00pm. Open Readers please bring two poems or four minutes including introductions.
AMY GERSTLER is an American poet. Her books of poetry include Ghost Girl (2004); Medicine (2000) – finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award; Crown of Weeds (1997); Nerve Storm (1995); Bitter Angel (1990) – winner of the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award – The True Bride (1986) Dearest Creature, (2009); and just releasedScattered at Sea. She is a graduate of Pitzer College and holds an M.F.A. from Bennington College. She is now a professor in the MFA writing program at the University of California, Irvine. 

CHAD SWEENEY is the author of five books of poetry and two books of translation, including White Martini of the Apocalypse (Marick Press); Parable of Hide and Seek (Alice James Books), and Wolf’s Milk: Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney (Forklift Books, bilingual English/Spanish). His poems have appeared widely, including in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, American Poetry Review, and The Writers Almanac. His translation of the Selected Poems of contemporary Iranian poet H.E. Sayeh appeared in 2011 from White Pine Press, and his translation of Pablo Neruda’s final book The Call to Destroy Nixon is forthcoming from Marick Press. While working with at-risk youth in San Francisco, he edited the City Lights anthology Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds. He teaches poetry in the MFA program at California State University San Bernardino where he edits Ghost Town Literary Journal. He holds a PhD from Western Michigan University and an MFA from San Francisco State,

Where: Stories Books and Cafe

Date: Tuesday the 21st

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Eco Park, CA 90026

Website: http://www.stoiesla.com/blogs/events

Reading Aloud Live Book Club: H is for Hawk

Nate Corddry presents Reading Aloud Live! With Aya Cash, Paul Scheer, Julieanne Smolinski and Jerry Stahl. Pick up Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk (at a 15% discount) and join Nate and his panelists in a lively discussion of the book!

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/nate-corddry-presents-reading-aloud-live-aya-cash-paul-scheer-julieanne-smolinski-and-jerrystahl

Emerging Writers at the Hammer Museum

Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship that provides new writers, who lack access, with the tools they will need to launch a professional writing career. The 2015 Emerging Voices Fellows are Oktavi Allison, Kenneth D. Capers, Michelle Meyers, Erik Rodgers, and Nancy Lynée Woo. Celebrate the culmination of their fellowship with a public reading followed by a reception.

Where: UCLA Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, CA 90024

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/07/pen-center-usa-emerging-voices

Dodgers Struggles Discussed with Author Molly Knight

Molly Knight discusses and signs The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse. News-making, inside revelations about the tumultuous years when the Los Angeles Dodgers were remade from top to bottom—from the ownership of the team to management to the players on the field—becoming the most talked-about and most colorful team in baseball.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/molly-knight-july-2015

Unspeakable Empathy at LAPL Aloud

Leslie Jamison’s critically acclaimed The Empathy Exams confronts our personal and cultural urgency to feel. In The UnspeakableLos Angeles Times opinion columnist Meghan Daum defiantly pushes back against the false sentimentality and shrink-wrapped platitudes that surround so much of contemporary American experience. With piercing insight and wit, hear from two of today’s most thought-provoking and intimately honest essayists, grappling with the modern complexities of being human. In conversation with Molly Pulda, Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities, USC. Currently full, but standby attendance available.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library

Date: Thursday the 23rd

Time: 7:15 pm (arrive 1 hr early for standby status)

Address: LAPL, 5th & Flower, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Website: http://www.http://lfla.org/event/unspeakable-empathy/

VE 50 Studio & Writ Large Press Present Sesshu Foster & Amy Uyematsio

Sesshu Foster & Amy Uyematsu will both be presenting extended sets of poetry.
The hosts of the event are Chiwan Choi, Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama & Mike Sonksen….Sesshu Foster has taught composition and literature in East L.A. for 20 years. He’s also taught writing at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. One of his last readings at St. Mark’s Poetry Project NYC is Mp3 archived at www.salon.com and local readings are archived at www.sicklyseason.com.He is currently collaborating with artist Arturo Romo and other writers on the website, www.ELAguide.org. His most recent books are the novel Atomik Aztex and World Ball Notebook.

Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has published three previous poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1997), and Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader. Her newest book is The Yellow Door (Red Hen Press)

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Thursday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.avenue50studio.org

Celebrating David Foster Wallace

L.A. Times book critic and Culture Page editor DAVID ULIN moderates a discussion with JAMES PONSOLDT, director of End of the Tour, which has inspired renewed interest in Wallace’s oeuvre, and is based on the book, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself:  A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. Also participating, and reading of the works of David Foster Wallace: writer DANNY BAKER, and Libros Schmibros Lending Library founder, DAVID KIPEN.
Fundraiser for Beyond Baroque: General Admission $20, Students & Seniors $10, Members $8. Advanced General Admission Tickets available at Eventbrite for $15 up until July 23rd.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 24th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 9029

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

Los Angeles Street Food

Farley Elliott discusses his book Los Angeles Street Food: A History from Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. Los Angeles is the uncontested street food champion of the United States, and it isn’t even a fair fight. Millions of hungry locals and wide-eyed tourists take to the streets to eat tacos, down bacon-wrapped hot dogs and indulge in the latest offerings from a fleet of gourmet food trucks and vendors. Dating back to the late nineteenth century when tamale men first hawked their fare from pushcarts and wagons, street food is now a billion-dollar industry in L.A.–and it isn’t going anywhere!

Currently, Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater Los Angeles, which is among the most respected and well-read food sites online. Prior to that, Elliott freelanced for numerous publications, including the alt-weekly newspaper LA Weekly, Serious Eats, Thrillist, Tasting Table, and more. He’s also that guy in that Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos video that went viral once.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/farley-elliott-discusses-his-book-los-angeles-street-food

Rob Halpern & Jennifer Scappettone Readings

Common Place is Rob Halpern’s most recent book of poetry (Ugly Duckling Press, 2015). Jennifer Scaappettone’s most recent work is Leave Loom, a garbage documentary room woven at WUHO Gallery in Hollywood. She is the author of From Dame Quickly, Killing the Moonlight: Modernism, and several chapbooks. She also curates an archive devoted to Italian poetry, and collaborates on digital archaeologies and sonic documentaries.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.http://lalitscene.com/

Ken Osmond & Christopher Lynch at NOHO Library

Join authors and collaborators Ken Osmond and Christopher Lynch as they discuss their latest book: Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy. Ken Osmond is a former dancer, model and actor best known for his portrayal of the unctuous truant Eddie Haskell from the TV show Leave It to Beaver.

Where: North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 24 pm

Address: 5211 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601

Website: http://http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/meet-authors-ken-osmond-christopher-j-lynch

Arcana Book Signing

Jeff Divine and Craig R. Stecyk III discuss and sign Tom Adler: An Uncommon Archive, reflecting on the images, references and files found in the archives of T. Adler Books. This new volume focuses on the worlds of surfing, fashion and style, fishing, music, fine art, travel and adventure.

Where: Arcana Books

Date: Saturday the 25th

Time: 4-6 pm

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

Website: http://www.arcanabooks.com

Vroman’s Local Author Series

This series event introduces local authors Joel L.A. Peterson, William R. Hincy, and Mick E. Jones. Joel L.A. Peterson presents and signs Dreams of My Mothers: A Story of Love Transcendent, which tells of a biracial, impoverished boy who rises above questions of identity, race and physical limitations and prejudice to become an American success story. William R. Hincy presents and signs The Hoards of Torment which delves into what it means to be a father and what it means to suffer, in a polarizing debut novel. Mick E. Jones presents and signs Cat tales: Da’ Real Pussy, an exploration into the mysterious patterns and behaviors of cats, and the common thread to all living things.

Where: Vroman’s Books

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/local-authors-day-july-2015

Poetry at Avenue 50

La Palabra presents an open mic for local poets and occasional guests, hosted by Karineh Mahdessian. This month’s features are Dr. Ashaki M. Jackson a social psychologist with a forthcoming chapbook “Mo;” Ángel García’s poems have been included in the American Poetry Review, McSweeney’s, Toe Good Poetry, among others. He lives and writes in Los Angeles. F. Douglas Brown is a 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 26th

Time: 2-4 pm

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



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