Los Angeles Literary Events 9/7/15 – 9/13/15

Speakeasy/Open Mic Night

71qF72XT6sL._SL1448_It’s the first Monday of the month, and we’ve got our open mic night happening! Come early to get a good spot in line!

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday, the 7th

Time: 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm; Sign ups 7:45

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, California 90815

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

Jane Ward at Skylight Books

Jane Ward discusses her new book, “Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men” A straight white girl can kiss a girl, like it, and still call herself straight—her boyfriend may even encourage her. But can straight white guys experience the same easy sexual fluidity, or would kissing a guy just mean that they are really gay? Not Gay thrusts deep into a world where straight guy-on-guy action is not a myth but a reality: there’s fraternity and military hazing rituals…. For Jane Ward, these sexual practices reveal a unique social space where straight white men can—and do—have sex with other straight white men; in fact, she argues, to do so reaffirms rather than challenges their gender and racial identity.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 8th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jane-ward-discusses-her-new-book-not-gay-sex-between-straight-white-men

Rob Neighbors Discusses and Signs “Palm Avenue”

Every year thousands of naive young women arrive in Los Angeles, full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Few realize that there is a steep price of admission into the club that involves flesh, blood, and large chunks of soul. Ashley Duncan flees her small Kansas hometown and family farm to pursue the Hollywood dream. She takes a crash course on how to succeed in Tinseltown, trading on her looks and sexuality. An agent she meets sums it up this way, “I’ll be honest with you, Ashley. You have the look that we’re looking for. You definitely have the look, but a lot of girls have that. A lot of girls have talent. The question is, do you have everything else it takes? Do you have the temperament, the guile, the cajones, to do what it takes?” Ashley decides early on, she will do whatever is necessary. Things get more complicated when Ashley’s high school sweetheart, Brady, arrives in LA, in a desperate attempt to win her back. Ashley and Brady don’t realize it, but they are now guests of that infamous California hotel, where you can check out, but you can never leave.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/rob-neighbors-discusses-and-signs-palm-avenue

Pen Center USA Presents The Rattling Wall Issue 5 Reading

Join us as LA literary journal The Rattling Wall presents writers from Issue 5 reading their work. The readers will include: David Ulin—Book critic at the Los Angeles Times. Cecil Castellucci—is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain JanesFirst Day on Earth. She is the YA editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Rita Williams—Her previous work has appeared in Best Food Writing for 2007, The Los Angeles Times and O, The Oprah Magazine. David Francis—second novel, Stray Dog Winter, was the Australian Literature Review’s Novel of the Year, and won the 2010 American Library Association Stonewall Prize for Literature. Julianne Ortale—is the editor of the anthology Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/pen-center-usa-presents-rattling-wall-issue-5-reading-david-ulin-cecil-castellucci-rita

Pieces of L.A. Poetry Reading

Join Eloise Klein Healy, Veronica Reyes, Nicole Sconiers for some words from these stunning women writers of Los Angeles as they join some newer voices in presenting their writings about our city: Amy Ballard, Chloe Huerta, Frankie Ingrassia, Ashley Okonma, Samantha Parker, Rachel Tenorio, Michelle Thomas.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Wednesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar

Rober Guffey reads from his new book “Chameleo”

Chameleo: A Strange But True Story of Invisible Spies, Heroin Addiction and Homeland Security (O/R Books) A mesmerizing mix of Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, and Philip K. Dick, Chameleo is a true account of what happened in a seedy Southern California town when an enthusiastic and unrepentant heroin addict named Dion Fuller sheltered a U.S. Marine who’d stolen night vision goggles and perhaps a few top secret files from a nearby military base.  Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. A graduate of the famed Clarion Writers Workshop in Seattle, he is the author of a collection of novellas entitled Spies & Saucers(PS Publishing, 2014). His first book of nonfiction, Cryptoscatology: Conspiracy Theory as Art Form, was published in 2012. He’s written stories and articles for numerous magazines and anthologies, among them Fortean Times, Mysteries, Nameless Magazine, New Dawn, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Paranoia, The Third Alternative, and Video Watchdog Magazine.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/robert-guffey-reads-his-new-book-chameleo

Readings at Chevalier’s Books

Please join us for an evening of poetry, laughs and tears and fun. Featuring Chiwan Choi—founder of L.A.’s own Writ Large Press and author of two poetry collections including Flood. Rachel McLeod Kaminer—A former wilderness field instructor, she’s done a lot of her growing up in the Appalachians. She lives in downtown Los Angeles. F. Douglas Brown of Los Angeles is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three. He teaches high school English at  Loyola High School of Los Angeles, an all-boys Jesuit school. Jessica Ceballos is a poet, teaching artist, publisher and curator of literary programming at Highland Park’s Avenue 50 Studios. She was raised in Highland Park and Eagle Rock.

Time: 7 pm – 9 pmDate: Thursday the 10th

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

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar

Samuel Sattin in conversation with Xach Fromson

From the Shades & Shadows reading series, novelist and essayist Samuel Sattin discusses literary monsters and his new novel “The Silent End” with Xach Fromson, LA author and runner of the Notable LA page for The Rumpus.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 11th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://www.http://lastbookstorela.com/events/samuel-sattin-in-conversation-with-xach-fromson/

Celebrate the Launch of Tripwire 9 “Transnational/Translational!”

Tripwire, a journal of poetics, is devoted to a country-institutional exploration of radical and experimental modes of contemporary poetics, art, and cultural politics. Featuring: CA Conrad, Jen Hofer, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Marianne Morris, Nancy Popp, Diane Ward , Sholeh Wolpe & editor David Buuck.

Where: CIELO galleries/studios

Date: Friday the 11th

Time: 8:30 pm

Address: 3201 Maple Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90011

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1495621990731324/

2nd Annual WWS Submission Blitz 

Summer 2011 a group of women met together in a kitchen to share food, lit journals, and submission goals to encourage each other to submit their work. The idea for these submission parties came as a response to the Vida Count: http://www.vidaweb.org/the-count-2013/

We, Women Who Submit, want to celebrate the last four years of submissions, rejections, and acceptances with one giant nationwide online submission party. We are inviting all womyn writers around the country to submit to at least one tier one journal on 9/12/15. If you are in the L.A. area please check out the local meet up at website  below.

Where: The Little Easy (across from The Last Bookstore)

Date: Saturday the 12th

Time: 12 pm – 4 pm

Address: 216 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/980148775382840/

Hector Tobar with Carolina Miranda

Hector Tobar discusses “Deep, Down Dark” with L.A. Times’ Carolina Miranda. This story of the Chilean miners trapped in a mine for 33 days in 2010 is now in paperback, and soon to be released as a major motion picture, starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/events/hector-tobar-in-conversation-with-los-angeles-times-carolina-miranda/ 

Bluebird Reading Series

The Bluebird Reading Series welcomes autumn at the open mic event hosted by Jessica Ceballos. Featuring this month: Ashaki M. Jackson is a Cave Canem fellow and former member of Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) and Idyllwild Summer Arts writing communities. She lives in L.A. Carribean Fragoza is a writer and artist from South El Monte, CA. She has published fiction and poetry in publications such as Palabra Literary Magazine, Emohippus, BOMB Magazine, and Huizache Magazine. Ron Baca and Thelma T. Reyna was named Poet Laureate of the Altadena (CA) Library District, a position she will hold for two years. She is the author of four poetry collections.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday, the 13th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1142311772452300/

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