Los Angeles Literary Events 9/14/15 – 9/20/15

Evan Thomas on “Being Nixon”

51n0nJ0YHSL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Noted author Evan Thomas discusses and signs “Being Nixon: A Man Divided” in which he peels away the layers of a complex, confounding figure and examines the gaping character flaws that would drive him from office and forever taint his presidency and legacy.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday, the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://vromansbookstore.com/evan-thomas-sept-2015

Bill Clegg at Book Soup

Bill Clegg with Sarah Shun-lien Bynum discusses and signs “Did You Ever Have a Family.”  Elegant and heartrending, and one of the most accomplished fiction debuts of the year, “Did You Ever Have a Family” is an absorbing, unforgettable tale that reveals humanity at its best through forgiveness and hope. At its core is a celebration of family–the ones we are born with and the ones we create. (Gallery/Scout Press).

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/bill-clegg-sarah-shun-lien-bynum-discusses-and-signs-did-you-ever-have-family

The RwlrGiHtTe Read

Curated and hosted by Peggy Dobreer, The RwirGiHtTe Read features writers of Prose and Poetry, with a four minute-limit Open Reading. Food and Sign ups at 6:30pm. This month features Wide Awake Readers: Suzanne Lummis, Charles Harper Webb, Judith Terzi, Mary-Alice Daniel, and Jerry Garcia.

Where: StoriesLA

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

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

Colm Toibin at Vroman’s

Join us as Colm Toibin discusses and signs “Nora Webster”. Widowed in her forties, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven– herself. (Scribner)

Where: Vroman’s Books

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www..vromansbookstore.com/colm-toibin-sept-2015

Jonathan Evison at Book Soup

Join us as Jonathan Evison discusses and signs “This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!”  With her husband Bernard two years in the grave, seventy-eight-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover that she’s been living the past sixty years of her life under entirely false pretenses. There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life. Jonathan Evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at its center. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman with great warmth, humanity, and humor. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother/daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, forgiveness, and, ultimately, healing. It is sure to appeal to admirers of Evison’s previous work, as well as fans of such writers as Meg Wolitzer, Junot Diaz, and Karen Joy Fowler. (Algonquin Books)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jonathan-evison-discusses-and-signs-your-life-harriet-chance

Patrick deWitt at Skylight Books

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his last novel, “The Sisters Brothers,” this brilliantly inventive writer takes readers in a new direction with “Undermajordomo Minor” a folktale re-imagined in a wholly original way—at once adventure, mystery, searing portrait of bad behavior and, above all, violent love story. Following in the footsteps of the Brothers Grimm, Thomas Bernhard, Bram Stoker, and Italo Calvino, deWitt finds great modern resonance in an archetypal tale about sorrow, love, isolation and obsession.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/patrick-dewitt-reads-his-new-novel-undermajordomo-minor

Under the Influence at The Last Bookstore

“Under the Influence: 20 Years of Permanent Midnight” with Jerry Stahl, Joe Clifford (“Junkie Love”), and Ryan Leone (“Wasting Talent”). Considered by many to be the best junkie memoir ever written, Permanent Midnight has left an indelible impression on both the recovery community and on up-and-coming writers of the genre.

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Date: Thursday the 17th

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

Website: http://www.http://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Scott Cheshire Discusses and Signs “High as the Horses Bridles”

Scott Cheshire in conversation with Carline Kellogg from the Los Angeles Times, discusses and signs “High as the Horses’ Bridles”.  Reaching from 1980 Queens to present-day sunny California to a tent revival in nineteenth-century rural Kentucky, High as the Horses’ Bridles is an imaginative and heartbreaking debut from a bold new American voice. (Picador USA)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/scott-cheshire-discusses-and-signs-high-horses-bridles-conversation-carolyn-kellogg-los

Third Heartbreak Anthology: Reimagined Poetry Reading

You are cordially invited to come and be part of the collective witnessing of resiliency and determination at the launch and release of the third heartbreak anthology.

Community members, who are not part of the anthology, are encouraged to come and share their interpretation of heartbreak and be in awe. Surely someone’s heartbreak will resonate with yours too.

we love. we break. we love again.

Light refreshments will be served!

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1633904320211011/

Mike “The Poet” Sonksen in Glendale

Mike “The Poet” Sonksen is one of the most passionate and exciting spoken word artists in Los Angeles. Mike is a regular presence at the many and varied literary events and venues throughout the city, and has taught artists of all ages in between these times.

As for his work, Mike’s style of poetry cannot be boxed in by just calling it “spoken word”, performance poetry” or even “hip-hop” although he evokes all these things. There is an exciting, retrospective aspect of his work which not only elicits visions of the vibrant cultural history of Los Angeles, but is heavily laced with the seeds and germinations of hip-hop– from Eric Burdon to Ozomatli, from Sly Stone to Jurassic 5, from Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis to Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and Wild Cherry, the poetry of Mike Sonksen will get your head bouncin’ and your toe tappin’!

And what’s more, an open mic is included! Bring your poetry, your energy and your love, it’s going to be one great afternoon!

Where: The Pioneer Cafe

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 450 Pioneer Dr., Glendale, CA 91203

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/173722969628553/

Uptown Word in Long Beach

Uptown Word is a poetry and storytelling reading series featuring published writers in an effort to promote literacy, enliven the art scene, and engage the local community and beyond. Hosted and curated by liz gonzalez, art exhibits or musical performances will be included in the events when possible.

Featuring: Jessica Ceballos, Jackie Joice, Nancy Lynee Woo

First come first served OPEN MIC: 4-minute max, including introductions.

Where: AJ’s Barber Shop

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 5731 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1485118981811048/

HITCHED Reading Series

HITCHED is a quarterly reading series that features writer couplings as a way of celebrating the relationships we build as writers that are integral to our success and the successes of those around us. This series began at Beyond Baroque in December 2010 as a monthly reading.

September’s HITCHED will feature Margaret Rhee with Alex Luu and Jerry Garcia with Fernando Salinas. Please come and celebrate these poets and performing artists and their amazing work on the page and in the community.

Where: Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea

Date: Sunday, the 20th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 5371 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/102215610130596/

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