Los Angeles Literature Events 8/17/15-8/23/15

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Join the Palisades Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library for a discussion of “Before the Poison by Peter Robinson. At the outset of this haunting stand-alone from Arthur Ellis Award-winner Robinson (No Cure for Love), British film composer Chris Lowndes, a recent widower, leaves California after more than 30 years for the peace and quiet of the Yorkshire countryside. He buys isolated Kilnsgate House, which the estate agent neglects to mention was the site of a sensational crime….Robinson manages a melancholy tone without veering into the maudlin….Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency.

Where: Palisades Branch of LAPL

Date: Tuesday, the 18th

Time: 6:00 pm

Address: 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/mysterious-book-club-4

Writers Jam

Discussion and Workshop for Adults

Read! Show! Refine! Inspire! Take up the Pen! Jan, a former professor has edited scholarly and creative writing for a number of well-published professors and writers. She has also published poetry. Join us. Put on your creative hat and write it down.

Where: Eagle Rock Branch Library

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 5027 Caspar Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/writers-jam-1

Richard Beck discusses and signs We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s

A brilliant, disturbing portrait of the dawn of the culture wars, when America started to tear itself apart with doubts, wild allegations, and an unfounded fear for the safety of children.
During the 1980s in California, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, and elsewhere, day care workers were arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of committing horrible sexual crimes against the children they cared for. These crimes, social workers and prosecutors said, had gone undetected for years, and they consisted of a brutality and sadism that defied all imagining. The dangers of babysitting services and day care centers became a national news media fixation. Of the many hundreds of people who were investigated in connection with day care and ritual abuse cases around the country, some 190 were formally charged with crimes, leading to more than 80 convictions.   It would take years for people to realize what the defendants had said all along that these prosecutions were the product of a decade-long outbreak of collective hysteria on par with the Salem witch trials.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 7:00 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 9006

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/richard-beck-discusses-and-signs-we-believe-children-moral-panic-1980s

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 see 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 19th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Address: 10719 Burbank Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91604

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

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. Register by calling Chevy Chase Library at 818-548-2046. Class is limited to 15.

Where: Chevy Chase Branch of the Glendale Library

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 3301 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale, California 91206

Website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7355/125

Felicia Day at Skylight Books

Discussion with author Felicia Day of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood. Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now–even for a digital misfit.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1818 N, Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/felicia-day-presents-her-new-book-youre-never-weird-internet-almost-memoir

CENTRAL LIBRARY Author Aline Ohanesian

The public is invited to a book signing event with award winning author Aline Ohanesian. She will be reading from her novel Orhan’s Inheritance. It’s about: Orhan’s grandfather is dead and in his will he has left the family estate to Seda, an Armenian woman, a stranger thousands of miles away. Seda is an eighty-seven years old woman living in Ararat retirement home in Los Angeles. Her story, if told, has the power to undo the legacy upon which his family has been built. Aline Ohanesian is an award winning author. She was a finalist for the PEN Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction, the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and Tololyan Prize. Her book Orhan’s Inheritance is also an Indie Pick, an Amazon Editor’s Pick and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick for spring 2015. Ohanesian is a descendant of genocide survivors. She lives and writes in Orange County, California.

Where: Adult Recreation Center

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 201 Colorado Street, Glendale, California 91205

Website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/9290/125

Michael Hiltzik at Chevalier’s Books

The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology and public policy for the Los Angeles Times reads his book Big Science:Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military Industrial Complex. If you’re a fan of history, a fan of science or a fan of the history of science, you won’t want to miss this very special event!

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7:00 pm

Address: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90004

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/2015/08/06/michael-hiltzik-discusses-his-new-book-big-science/

In the Words of Womyn (ITWOW)

In the Words of Womyn strives to create and foster a safe space in which womyn explore and develop her identity as a writer. ITWOW empowers womyn “to give sound to our story and volume to our voice,” through the practice and sharing of written and spoken-word arts.

Where: Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 21st

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342

Websitehttp://www.tiachucha.org/programming/ or http://www.itwowinternational.org/

Priscilla Woolworth discusses and signs Lola: Lots of Love Always

LOLA, Lots Of Love Always by Priscilla Woolworth is a health and lifestyle reference book for young women on the brink of leaving home for the “real” world. Whether those first steps are toward college, the workforce, or beginning an independent life, LOLA will serve as an invaluable field guide for anyone who wants to adopt a sustainable lifestyle, thrive on her own in social and professional environments, and make healthy choices that will benefit not just herself, but the planet at large. LOLA is organized into 20 chapters with topics that range from roommate etiquette to job interview protocol; from all natural beauty recommendations to toxin-free housekeeping tips; as well as advice for traveling internationally and entertaining in your dorm room or first apartment.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/priscilla-woolworth-discusses-and-signs-lola-lots-love-always

STORYTIME & BOOK SIGNING: Drew Daywalt—Children’s Event

The Day the Crayons Quit has sold more than 1.8 million copies in North America alone! Deemed “fresh and funny” by the Wall Street Journal, the book made TIME Magazine’s list of “The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time”, among its many accolades. In The Day the Crayons Came Home, again brilliantly illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued! From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan’s stinky socks after they ended up in the dryer together – each crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box. Come join the celebration with the extremely clever and entertaining Drew Daywalt! There will be crayon shaped cookies and giveaways for all!

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 10:30 am

Address: 10580 1/2 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90064

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com/Calendar/calendar.htm

Authors at Gus Harper Art

The Gus Harper Art venue features appearances by Rebecca Gonzales, Thelma T. Reyna, Peter J. Harris, founder and Artistic Director of Inspiration House, is an African American cultural worker who has since the 1970s published his poetry, essays, and fiction in a wide range of national publications. He won a 2015 American Book Award for The Black Man of Happiness; and Trista Hurley-Waxali who grew up a wild child in a small Canadian town. Trista’s writing has been influenced by some of her favorite authors: Cormac McCarthy and Eloise Klein Healy. She lives in West Hollywood, California, in an event cosponsored by Gus Harper Art and Hinchas De Poesia.

Where: Gus Harper Art

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 8-10 pm

Address: 11306 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Website: http://www.gusharperart.com

Nebraska Girl Open Reading

An open mic Hosted by WYATT UNDERWOOD. Feature this month is L.A.’s own IRIS DE ANDA. Five-minute limit, sign ups at 1:45 PM. Suggested donation $5. Iris DE ANDA is A native of Los Angeles she believes in the power of spoken word, poetry, storytelling, and dreams. She has been published in Mujeres de Maiz Zine, Loudmouth Zine: Cal State LA, In the Words of Women, Twenty: In Memoriam, Revolutionary Poets Brigade Los Angeles Anthology and Brooklyn & Boyle. Her book of poems is titled: CODESWITCH: Fires From Mi Corazon.

Where: Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm

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

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

La Palabra Open Mic

For 13 years, the Latino arts organization in Highland Park has organized this monthly open mic series for poets in the community. This month’s features are: Rolland Vasin is a third generation American writer of Romanian decent. He has featured at the World Stage, the Rapp Saloon, Cobalt Café and Avenue 50 Studios Bluebird Reading Series. He has been published in the anthology Wide Awake: Poetry of Los Angeles and Beyond. Crystal Salas is a spoken word poet, community organizer and teaching high school English. She published her first chapbook The Body Memoir in 2012. Alé grew up in Los Angeles and grew up playing in punk bands in East L.A. His upcoming album is Irregular Heartbeat. Hosted by Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

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

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