Los Angeles Literature Events 9/21/2015 – 9/27/15

Erica Jong on “Fear of Dying”

41zXii1q0qL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Four decades ago, Erica Jong revolutionized the way we look at love, marriage and sex. Her world-wide bestseller,” Fear of Flying” opened the doors for writers from Jennifer Weiner to Lena Dunham. Now she does it again by giving us powerful, new perspective on the next phase of women’s lives. Full of the sly humor, deep wisdom and poignancy we know from her poetry, fiction and essays, she delivers the novel women everywhere have been waiting for… “Fear of Dying.”

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday, the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/erica-jong-sept-2015

Banned Books Teen Council

This month’s Teen Council will be dedicated to Banned Books Week., and we will discuss why some books are challenged and banned. Celebrate intellectual freedom, make and laminate your own Banned Bookmark. Refreshments served.

Where: Westwood Branch, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 4 pm

Address: 1246 Glendon Ave., Westwood, CA 90024

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/westwood

Janice Lee and Will Alexander at Skylight Books

Memory assists perception, grounding our understanding of those around us and those who have left their traces through time – but how reliable is memory really? Memory is malleable, shaped and shifted through consolidation and reconsolidation. Consolidation is the neurological process that stores memories after an event’s occurrence; reconsolidation refers to a process whereby consolidated memories later become unstable, causing false or loose recall.

Janice Lee is the author of “Kerotakis, Daughter, Damnation”, and “The Sky Isn’t Blue” which will be out in 2016. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is Editor of the #RECURRENT Novel Series for Jaded Ibis Press, Assistant Editor at Fanzine, and the Executive Editor at Entropy.

Will Alexander works in multiple genres. In addition to being a poet, he is also a novelist, essayist, aphorist, playwright, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist. He is approaching 30 books published, and is a Whiting Fellow, a California Arts Council Fellow, a PEN Oakland recipient, as well as an American Book Award winner, and is presently Poet-In-Resident at Beyond Baroque.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/janice-lee-reads-her-new-book-reconsolidation-or-its-ghosts-who-will-answer-you-will-alexander

Joy Williams at Vroman’s

Joy Williams, in conversation with Darcy Cosper, discusses and signs “Visiting Privilege: New and Collected stories.” This legendary writer’s first collection in more than ten years and, finally, the definitive one. A literary event of the highest order.  Joy Williams has been celebrated as a master of the short story for four decades, her renown passing as a given from one generation to the next even in the shifting landscape of contemporary writing. Darcy Cosper is the Deputy Senior Fiction Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Where: Vroman’s Books

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

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

S. Pearl Sharp at Village treasures

Join S. Pearl Sharp for a creative nonfiction reading of “The Evening News: Essays and Commentaries from NPR and Other Clouds.”

Where: Village Treasures

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 247 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar

Amy Berkowitz and Maggie Nelson at Skylight Books

Amy Berkowitz reads from  Tender Points” and Maggie Nelson reads from “The Argonauts.”

“Tender Points” is a narrative fractured by trauma. Named after the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, the book-length lyric essay explores sexual violence, gendered illness, chronic pain, and patriarchy through the lenses of lived experience and pop culture (Twin Peaks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, noise music, etc.).

“The Argonauts” is a genre-bending memoir, a work of “autotheory” offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author’s relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson’s account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/amy-berkowitz-reads-her-newest-book-tender-points-and-maggie-nelson-reads-her-newest-book

Permanent Midnight at Book Soup

Jerry Stahl presents and signs his seminal memoir of drug  addiction and a career in Hollywood, “Permanent Midnight,” which follows Stahl through the dregs of addiction and into sobriety.

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Date: Thursday the 24th

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

Website: http://www.rarebirdbooks.com/rbevents/

100 Thousand Poets for Change at Tia Chucha

Celebrating 5 years of Solidarity, 2010-2015, featuring LA’s Poet Laureate, Luis J. Rodriguez. Cover to cover with the No Se Habla Espanol anthology.

Where: Tia Chucha

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 8 pm- 11 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave., Sylmar, CA 91342


Chiwan Choi: Ghostmaker, Reading #5

Join Katz’s Deli, Writ Large Press and THESE DAYS for the fifth installment of Chiwan Choi’s Ghostmaker, an experiment in composing, destroying and collectively reproducing a manuscript. Reception follows reading upstairs at THESE DAYS.

Where: Indian Alley / These Days

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 118 Winston Street, Los Angeles, California 90013

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1675045002782104/

100 Thousand Poets for Change Annual Reading at Beyond Baroque
Over 80 countries worldwide celebrate the movement toward a sustainable future. Beyond Baroque represents Venice, Californiawith a day of poetry and action. Free.

The schedule is as follows:

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM SOAP BOX POETS – Hosted by: JESSICA WILSON



5:00 PM – GREEN POETS Read


7:00 PM – CHARLES HARPER WEBB: Reads from his new book, Brain Camp

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 11 am – 6 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice CA 90291

Website: https://www.beyondbaroque.org/about.html

Like a Girl Anthology Release

After a year of hard work, Lucid Moose Lit is releasing “Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity,” an anthology of poetry, prose and art.

Where: Half-Off Books

Date: Saturday, the 26th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 6708 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, Ca 90601

Website: http://www.localendar.com/event?DAM=PublishedEvent&m=485044&event_id=126&calendar_id=485044&more_info=N&export_date=Sep%2026,%202015&category=103


Rick Bursky and Martin Ott at Skylight Books

Rick Bursky reads from his new book of poetry “I Am No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance,” and Martin Ott reads from his new book of poetry “Underdays.”

Rick Bursky is the author of “Death Obscura” (Sarabande Books, 2010) and “The Soup of Something Missing” (Bear Star Press, 2004), winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. He lives in Los Angeles where he works in advertising and teaches poetry in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program.

Martin Ott is the author of the poetry book “Underdays,” Sandeen Prize winner, University of Notre Dame Press, 2015.His previous full length poetry collections are “Captive,” De Novo Prize winner, C&R Press, and “Poets’ Guide to America” and “Yankee Broadcast Network,” coauthored with John F. Buckley, Brooklyn Arts Press. His two books of fiction are the novel “The Interrogator’s Notebook” (currently being pitched as a TV pilot) and his short story collection, “Interrogations,”  Fomite Press, 2016. His blog for writers, Writeliving, has been read by more than 25,000 people in 100+ countries.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/rick-bursky-reads-his-new-book-poetry-i-am-no-longer-troubled-extravagance-and-martin-ott

Beyond Baroque Poetry Stage at the Abbot Kinney Festival

In a kick-off reading for Banned Book Week, The NoHo Short Fiction series writers open the reading with selections from Ray Bradbury’s, FAHRENHEIT 451. Then Beyond Baroque and the Pacific Coast Poetry Series host a day of readings by poets from
its latest publication, WIDE AWAKE: POETS OF LOS ANGELES AND BEYONDFree.


Date: Sunday, the 27th

Time: 11 am – 3 pm

Address: Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291



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