Los Angeles Literary Events 8/31/15 – 9/6/15

Long Beach Poets Listening Room Open Mic

Weekly open mic. Let your voice be heard. Your stories matterGMWG-logo4. Step up to the mic. Imagine a different kind of open mic, in a listening room so you can hear the music and have your music heard.Why just imagine it? We close the front door and sign-up sheet at 7:05. After 7:05 please enter through the door down the hall and around the corner. If there is room on the list, we will reopen it during the 10 minute break beginning sometime around 8:15. We are limiting the list to 20 signups and only guaranteeing the first 17 that they will get to perform. The last three will get up if there is time. Info for performers: This is a music and poetry open mic. We have a state-of-the-art sound system with a stage monitor. We have an electronic keyboard. If you want to use a backing track, the sound system has a cable with a mini jack plug that works with almost any phone, tablet, computer or CD player. We welcome light percussion (e.g., cajon, djembe, snare with brushes) but, out of respect for our neighbors, we do not allow full drum kits. No bagpipes. Material will need to be appropriate for the audience. We don’t really expect children, but have something ready just in case.

Where: Gina M. Woodruff Gallery

Date: Monday, the 31st

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm; Sign ups 6:40

Address: 5555 E Stearns St. Suite 203, Long Beach, California 90815

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ImagineAnOpenMic/

RHP at the Annenberg Beach House

The readers this evening push the boundaries of story and provoke both excitement and insight, whether writing about small town murders, women immured in castles, or the follies of life in Los Angeles. Tom Janikowski will read from his debut novel, The Crawford County Sketchbook. Tom Janikowski is a Midwestern author specializing in surrealism and symbolism. His flashes and short stories have appeared online and in print on both sides of the Atlantic. MacGillivray is a Scottish writer and artist. Her poetry inhabits a rich artistic universe encompassing performance art, song-writing and the use of visual media such as sculpture and photography. Her poetry has been published in ASLS New Scottish Writing and Magma. Kim (Freilich) Dower grew up in New York on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and received her BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. Kim’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Seneca Review, and in the on-line video magazine, Guerilla Reads. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California. Originally from Utah, Nicelle Davis now resides in Lancaster, California. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, Two Review, and others. Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction, including Washing a Language. Since 1990 she has been an instructor of poetry and performance for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway Santa Monica, CA 90402

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

Vremont Square Library Pre-school Story Time—Kids Event

Bring your preschoolers. Join the LAPL in Vermont Square for their preschool story time filled with stories, songs and finger plays! Fun and educational for the little ones.

Where: Vermont Square Branch of the LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 4 pm – 4:45 pm

Address: 1201 W. 48th. Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/preschool-story-time

Vu Tran reads from his debut novel DRAGONFISH together with Tod Goldberg

Robert, a rugged Oakland cop, still can’t let go of Suzy, the mysterious Vietnamese wife who left him. Now she’s disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a dangerous Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who blackmails Robert into finding her for him. Pursuing Suzy through the glitzy gambling dens of Las Vegas, Robert finds himself chasing the past that haunts Suzy—one that extends back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon and to her daughter, Mai, abandoned long ago, now a steely professional poker player. The dangerous legacy of Suzy’s guilt threatens to immolate them all. Vu Tran is the winner of a Whiting Award recognizing “exceptional talent and promise,” and he teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago. In 2008, Tran was asked to contribute a short story about Chinatown to the Las Vegas Noir anthology (Akashic Books). Tod Goldberg is the author of several books of fiction, including the novel Gansterland and he directs the Low Residency MFA program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/vu-tran-reads-his-debut-novel-dragonfish-together-tod-goldberg

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

Los Angeles Writer Nina Revoyr reads from her new novel LOST CANYON

Four people on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada find more adventure than they ever imagined. Each of them is drawn to the mountains for reasons as diverse as their own lives. Gwen Foster, a counselor for at-risk youth, is struggling with burnout from the demands of her job and with the loss of one of her teens. Real estate agent Oscar Barajas is adjusting to the fall of the housing market and being a single parent. Todd Harris, an attorney, is stuck in a lucrative but unfulfilling career–and in a failing marriage. They are all brought together by their trainer, Tracy Cole, a former athlete with a taste for risky pursuits. Nina Revoyr is the author of five novels, including The Age of Dreaming, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; Southland, a Los Angeles Times best seller and “Best Book” of 2003; Wingshooters, which won an Indie Booksellers’ Choice Award and was selected by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of “10 Titles to Pick Up Now”

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/nina-revoyr-reads-her-new-novel-lost-canyon

Zapotec Poetry in LA: Like a New Sun

Join BOOK SHOW and Phoneme Media for a rare US appearance by Isthmus Zapotec poet Víctor Terán and his translator David Shook, as they read from the brand new anthology Like a New Sun!nThe result of five years of collaboration, Like a New Sun features contemporary poetry from six different indigenous languages from across Mexico, including Isthmus Zapotec, Yucatec Maya, and Zoque. Following a short multi-lingual reading, Terán will be happy to meet new friends and sign books.

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 5503 N Figueroa St, LA CA 90042

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/zapotec-poetry-in-la-like-a-new-sun/

Noches de Canto y Poesia—Tia Chucha’s Spanish Language Open Mic

Noches de Canto y Poesía son un tiempo dedicado a músicos, poetas y cantantes de la comunidad para que expresen su arte en español o con influencia Latina. Esto incluye pero no es limitado a boleros, baladas, rock en español, folklórico, latinoamericano, ranchera, trova, canto nuevo, jarocho, huapango y más. Todos están bienvenidos! Entrada gratis.

Where: Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342


Adam Bray & Michael Kogge: Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know Celebration—For Children

Join authors Adam Bray and Michael Kogge for a celebration on the publication date of Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know! There will be Star Wars trivia questions, with giveaway prizes for winners, and bring your camera since Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will be there too! Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know explores the world ofStar Wars through lively lists, interesting facts, and questions and answers via a highly engaging infographic design. Whether it’s a chart of who is the oldest Jedi, a list of all the owners of the Millennium Falcon, or a diagram showing all the Jedi Yoda has trained, this guide will excite readers of all ages and provide facts they never knew about the Star WarsGalaxy.

Where: Children’s Bookworld

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Avenue 50 Studio presents Jorge Humberto Chavez 

Jorge Humberto Chavez will be reading from his latest collection of poetry, Te diría que fuéramos al río Bravo a llorar pero debes saber que ya no hay río ni llanto (2013), a profound collection of poems dealing with the border, the violence which has plagued Juarez, as well as a book which won the highest honor for poetry in Mexico, the prestigious prize given in Aguascalientes. And also reading their work, to welcome Chavez to Highland Park will be
David Shook, Mandy Kahn, Anthony Seidman, Bill Mohr and Gloria Enedina Alvarez. Jorge Humberto Chavez won the Colima National Prize in Poetry in 1981. Numerous publications shortly followed, including Nunca sera la medianoche (1987), La lluvia desde el Puente (1999), Bar Papillón y el poema triste/Bar Papillon et le poéme triste (a dual language collection in both French and Spanish, 2004),and, most recently, Te diría que fuéramos al río Bravo a llorar pero debes saber que ya no hay río ni llanto (2013), a profound collection of poems dealing with the border, the violence which has plagued Juarez, as well as a book which won the highest honor for poetry in Mexico, the prestigious prize given in Aguascalientes. For years, Chavez led poetry workshops in Ciudad Juarez, as well as organizing literary festivals which included writers from all parts of the globe. He now resides in San Luis Potosí.

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 131 N Avenue 50 Highland Park CA 90042

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631612890451242/

Beyond Baroque/First Sunday Open Reading

Leading Independent literary/arts center in the United States, this is Beyond Baroque’s popular monthly open reading. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. Features each month. Hosted by BILLY BURGOS.

Where: Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm; Sign ups 4:45 pm

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

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


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