Los Angeles Literature Events 8/10/15-8/16/15

Adventures on the Queen Mary

5800086656529Author James Radford and Dave Wooders discuss and sign Adventures On the Queen Mary: Tales of a Teenage Crew Member (paperback). Take an exciting trip back in time to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel on board the world’s favorite liner — the RMS Queen Mary. Enjoy a visual feast of new and archival photographs, many never before published. At 16 years of age, in 1957, Dave Wooders worked as a bellboy on the Queen Mary! (The Perfect Page)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 7:00 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/james-radford-dave-wooders-discuss-and-sign-adventures-queen-mary

Cuentos para Pequeños / Spanish Story Time

Join the Pico Branch of the Santa Monica Public Library for Story time in Spanish. Para niños de 2 – 5 años de edad.

Where: Pico Branch of SMPL

Date: Tuesday, the 11th

Time: 11 am – 11:30 am

Address: 2201 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=17161&rts=&disptype=info&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&SignupType=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=8/1/2015&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=ALL&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp

CHEVY CHASE LIBRARY Personal Prose & Poetry

Personal Prose and Poetry: A Writing Class for Adults

Participants in this class will have an opportunity to write in class and share what they have written, getting positive feedback as well as suggestions for revision. They will also have an opportunity to bring pieces they have already written to share. NOTE: Register by calling Chevy Chase Library at 818-548-2046. Class is limited to 15.

Where: Chevy Chase Library in Glendale

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Address: 3301 East Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale, CA 91206

Website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/9306/125

Victoria Patterson with Michelle Huneven at Vroman’s

Victoria Patterson with Michelle Huneven discusses and signs The Little Brother.

Life is pretty sweet for Even Hyde. Despite his parent’s divorce in 2001, he’s doing just fine, having chosen to live with his richly successful father in Newport Beach, California. When not spending bonding time with his partially absent father, he has his run of the house, where he more or less comes and goes as he pleases.  Even’s older brother Gabe continues to live in Cucamonga with their emotionally unstable mother. Though he feels discarded and left behind, Gabe visits Even and their father on the weekends.  Even doesn’t seem too worried about Gabe s quick-to-ignite temper or his evolving addiction to skipping school and smoking weed.  But then Gabe commits a crime so unbelievably heinous that Even can’t forgive his own flesh and blood for it.

Where: Vroman’s Books

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7:00 pm

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

Website: http://http://www.vromansbookstore.com/victoria-patterson-august-2015

Writer Wednesday

Happens each Wednesday night. Step up to your mic! Each Wednesday is a celebration where the creative community of North Hollywood thrives, shares, and enjoys creative performances. We seen tap dancers, ukelele players, Poet Magicians, Song Poets, Musicians, Flutists, Harmonica Players, Storytellers, Visual Artists and so many more at our mic! 7 minutes given, open to all creative genres!

Where: Sugar & Cream Cafe

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 6:00 pm – 9pm

Address: 10719 Burbank Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91604

Website: http://www.losangelespoetsociety.org/#!writer-wednesday/ct71

STEPH CHA discusses her new novel, DEAD SOON ENOUGH together with JIM RULAND

Critically acclaimed author Steph Cha brings Los Angeles-based P.I. Juniper Song back in her latest mystery. Dead Soon Enough is a thrillingly written, masterfully plotted story of how far a mother will go for her child. Finally a licensed private detective, Steph Cha’s compelling and original crime heroine Juniper Song is managing her own cases as the junior investigator of Lindley & Flores. When a woman named Rubina Gasparian approaches Song, she knows she’s in for her most unusual case yet. Steph Cha is the author of Follow Her Home and Beware Beware. Her writing has appeared in The L.A. Times, The L.A. Review of Books, and Trop Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, she lives in her native city of Los Angeles, California. Jim Ruland is a Navy veteran, former Indian casino employee, and author of the short story collection Big Lonesome. He is the host of Vermin on the Mount, an irreverent reading series based in Southern California. He is a columnist for the indie music zine Razorcake and writes “The Floating Library,” a books column, for San Diego CityBeat. His work has been published in The Believer, Esquire, Hobart, Granta, Los Angeles Times, McSweeney’s, Oxford American and elsewhere. Ruland’s awards include a fellowship from the NEA and he was the winner of the 2012 Reader’s Digest Life Story Contest. In April 2014, Lyons Press published Giving the Finger, co-written with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. He lives in San Diego with his wife, visual artist Nuvia Crisol Guerra.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/steph-cha-discusses-her-new-novel-dead-soon-enough-together-jim-ruland

Beat Me With A Selfie Stick

A spectacular literary event featuring Henry Hoke, Sara Finnerty, Jeremy Hight, William Lessard, Saehee Cho, and Janice Lee reading their work! Henry Hoke wrote The Book of Endless Sleepovers (forthcoming in 2016). Some of his stories appear in Electric Literature, The Fanzine, Tierra Adentro and PANK.Sara Finnerty has stories and essays in Brevity, Longreads, Black Warrior Review, Joyland, Dame and others. She is the Sunday Editor of Entropy magazine, a 2014 best of the Net finalist and co-curator of the Griffith Park Storytelling Series. She is originally from Queens, NY and currently lives in Los Angeles. William Lessard is writer whose work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Wired, NPR. Jeremy Hight created locative narrative in the project “34 north 118 west.” His related paper “Narrative Archaeology” was named one of the 4 primary texts in the field. He was new media curator and an editor for many years for LEA from MIT press. He has lectured about his work at M.I.T and The University of Iowa. Saehee Cho holds a MFA from The California Institute of The Arts. Her work has been featured in Out of Nothing, decomP, Sidebrow, BAP, Pank, Eleven Eleven, RECAPS, Tierra Adentro and Black Clock. She was a finalist for 2012 The White Pine Press Poetry Book Contest and has contributed to Area Sneaks at LAXART, and Not Content at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. She co-hosts The Unkindest Cut, a reading series and lives and writes in Los Angeles. Janice Lee is the author of Kerotakis, Daughter, Damnation, Reconsolidation and The Sky Isn’t Blue (forthcoming 2016). She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is Editor of the #RECURRENT Novel Series for Jaded Ibis Press, Assistant Editor at Fanzine, Executive Editor at Entropy, and Founder/CEO of POTG Design. She teaches at CalArts and can be found online at janicel.com.

Where: Book Show Books

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://bookshowla.com/

Rattling Wall Issue 5 Release Party and Reading

THE RATTLING WALL, ISSUE 5 features new work by Katie Bain, Sandra Beasley, Charles Bowden, Wanda Coleman, David Francis, Mag Gabbert, Amy Gerstler, Amelia Gray, Christopher Lepkowski, Shanna Mahin, Matthew Nienow, Julianne Ortale, Victoria Patterson, Robert Pinsky, Martha Ronk, Matthew Specktor, David L. Ulin, Rita Williams, and Amy Beth Wright. SCOTT O’CONNOR is the author of the novella Among Wolves and the novels Untouchable (for which he won the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award), and Half World. He lives with his family in Los Angeles. CHRISTOPHER LEPKOWSKI grew up in Missouri but now lives with his wife and a brown dog in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. He is a writer, screenwriter, and software engineer. MATTHEW SPECKTOR is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. His writing has appeared in GQ, Harper’s, the Paris Review, the Believer, Tin House, and numerous other publications and anthologies. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. KATIE BAIN is a music journalist living in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in and on websites and magazines including Vibe, Spin, Bust, Rookie, The Huffington Post, IntheMix and L.A. Weekly, where she was the Senior Music Writer. Katie is currently the lead writer and reporter atInsomniac.com, where she covers electronic music and culture. She likes national parks, music festivals and trips home to Wisconsin. Hosted By The Rattling Wall’s Founding Editor, MICHELLE FRANKE

Where: Stories Books and Cafe

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1716 West Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park, CA 90026

Website: http://storiesla.com/blogs/events

Killing People for a Living: A Night with Authors & Readers

A panel discussion with Jenny Milchman, Connie di Marco, Steph Cha, Naomi Hirahara and Kristen Kittscher! Why is crime fiction so popular, with titles dominating the bestseller lists, providing entries in the canon, and attracting new writers every day? On August 13th at 7 pm, please join award-winning suspense novelist Jenny Milchman when the “world’s longest book tour” brings her to Vroman’s, where she’ll lead a discussion with local authors about why some of the nicest people in the world read and write about mayhem, murder, death, and destruction.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7:00 pm

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

Website: https://.vromansbookstore.com/event


Beyond Baroque Fiction Showcase

Poet RYKA AOKI reads from her debut novel, A Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song, a tale of colliding and evolving cultures on the Big Island of Hawai’i. You will not soon forget the lives portrayed here, the contrasting ethnicities, beliefs, sometimes fraught with greed, intrigues, prejudice, and bigotry, but transformed by ancient and contemporary hula, all blending in a feast of dance,
music, food, local theater, into a community of distinct and colorful individuals finding its unique, inspired self.    Hosted by RICHARD MODIANO. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

William T. Vollmann reads from his new novel The Dying Grass

William T. Vollmann , National Book Award winner, reads from The Dying Grass. Over the past 25 years, Vollmann has been working on a seven-volume  sequence of novels called “Seven Dreams” that examine the collision between native Americans and Euopean colonizers. This book tells the story of the epic fighting retreat of the Nez Perce Indians in 1877. In The Dying Grass, Vollmann brings a new chapter of North American history to life with stylistic daring, sardonic wit, rich imagination, and uncompromising intelligence.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/william-t-vollmann-reads-his-new-novel-dying-grass

Farley Elliott at Central Library

Meet local author Farley Elliott as he discusses and signs Los Angeles Street Food: A History from Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. Farley Elliott is a longtime food, drink and travel writer based in Los Angeles. While searching for the best street food, tacos, burgers and beer, he wrote weekly taco reviews for Serious Eats and burger rankings for LAist before branching out to strip mall eateries, restaurant news and larger print features for LA Weekly. Currently, Farley is a senior editor at Eater, sharing the daily restaurant scoop and highlighting the best that L.A.’s food scene has to offer.

Where: Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 1:00 pm

Address: 630 West 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/farley-elliott-los-angeles-street-food-history-tamaleros-taco-trucks

Shari Shattuck at Vroman’s

Shari Shatttuck discusses and signs her novel Becoming Helen, about the deep friendship between two unforgettable women in this touching but funny story. Ellen Homes is done being invisible. Well, sort of.  Living with her closest friends, Temerity and Justice, has helped her step out of the shell of invisibility she once hid away in. She still seeks refuge in solitary time and observing from afar, but she has pushed herself to open up to others in ways that bring her unexpected happiness.  But when a terrible bus crash upends her normal routine, Ellen finds herself on a whirlwind crusade for the unseen and downtrodden. Only this time, helping others including two young children with no one else to turn to will mean facing a pain from her past that she s long tucked away. Picking up where Invisible Ellen left off, Becoming Ellen returns us to the touching, poignant, and compassionate world of Ellen Homes as she learns how to navigate the world she has decided to become a part of. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Where: Vromans Books

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://http://http://www.vromansbookstore.com/shari-shattuck-august-2015

Flash Read Mob–Family Friendly

At 4pm, we’ll make a SOUND over the intercom at Vroman’s. When you hear the SOUND, all Vroman’s Campers should sit down on the floor and start reading whatever book you have with you. You can read silently to yourself or read aloud with a friend or family member. We’ll all read for five minutes, and then you’ll hear another SOUND that signals the end of the flash read mob.

Where: Vroman’s Books

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 4-6 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/flash-read-mob-august-2015

The Official Language of YES! By Scott Wannberg

Publication Reading: Please join Beyond Baroque for a celebration of Scott Wannberg’s newest Perceval Press release. A big book for a big man with a big heart, The Official Language of Yes is a hardbound volume standing 8.5″x11″ with over 300 pages containing not only a
grand dynamic of Scott’s writing covering his entire canon, but full-color reproductions of Scott’s original art and infamousspontaneous poems as well. Food, drink and special guests. Suggested donation $5.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Poetry at Brentwood Library

Join the 28th Annual Pat Pincus Poetry Fest: An afternoon of readings by local poets. The 26th Annual Poetry Fest, featuring local poets reading their original compositions. Following the readings, the Friends will host a reception for poets and guests. For more information, please call the branch: (310) 575-8274

Where: Brentwood branch of LAPL

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 11820 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/28th-annual-pat-pincus-poetry-fest

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