Los Angeles Literary Events 9/28/15 – 10/4/15

Amy Stewart on “Girl Waits with Gun”

51Ljk7evQoL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_From the New York Times best-selling author of “The Drunken Botanist”  comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs.  Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday, the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/amy-stewart-sept-2015

CSULB MFA Creative Writing Student Showcase

Riprap Literary Journal presents MFA Reading Series, spoken poetry and fiction, featuring: Idalith Bustos, Devin Falk, David Garyan, Becca Pincolini, Ashton Politanoff, and Ricardo Tamayo.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808

Website: http://www.gatsbybooks.com/events/

Mystery Book Club

Join us on the last Tuesday of the month for the Studio City Mystery Book Club. This month’s selection is: “Cinnamon Kiss” by Walter Mosley.

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 12511 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/studio-city

David Treuer at Otis College

David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels “Little,” “ The Hiawatha,” “The Translation of Dr. Apelles,” named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, “Native American Fiction: A User’s Manual.” In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, “Rez Life.” A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, his essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQuarterly, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Slate.com.

Where: Otis College of Art & Design, Ahmanson Hall Forum

Date: Wednesday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website: http://www.otis.edu/calendar/graduate-writing-david-treuer

Sasha Abramsky on “The House of Twenty Thousand Books”

Join Sasha Abramsky when she discusses and signs “The House of Twenty Thousand Books.,” the story of Chimen Abramsky, an extraordinary polymath and bibliophile who amassed a vast collection of socialist literature and Jewish history. For more than fifty years Chimen and his wife, Miriam, hosted epic gatherings in their house of books that brought together many of the age’s greatest thinkers.The atheist son of one of the century s most important rabbis, Chimen was born in 1916 near Minsk, spent his early teenage years in Moscow while his father served time in a Siberian labor camp for religious proselytizing, and then immigrated to London, where he discovered the writings of Karl Marx and became involved in left-wing politics. He briefly attended the newly established Hebrew University in Jerusalem, until World War II interrupted his studies. Back in England, he married, and for many years he and Miriam ran a respected Jewish bookshop in London’s East End. When the Nazis invaded Russia in June 1941, Chimen joined the Communist Party, becoming a leading figure in the party’s National Jewish Committee. He remained a member until 1958, when, shockingly late in the day, he finally acknowledged the atrocities committed by Stalin. In middle age, Chimen reinvented himself once more, this time as a liberal thinker, humanist, professor, and manuscripts expert for Sotheby’s auction house.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www..booksoup.com/event/sasha-abramsky-discusses-signs-house-twenty-thousand-books

Impossible Idealism: Inventing a Moral Life

Jessica Jackley and Larissa MacFarquhar, In conversation with Alex Cohen, co-host of KPCC’s “Take Two”

What does it mean to devote yourself to helping others? Larissa MacFarquhar, a staff writer for The New Yorker, follows the joys and defeats of people living lives of extreme ethical commitment in her new book, “Strangers Drowning.” Jessica Jackley, co-founder of the revolutionary micro-lending site Kiva, in her book, “Clay Water Brick,” explores the triumphs and difficulties of using entrepreneurship to change the world. Sharing inspiring—and sometimes unsettling—stories of do-gooders from around the world, MacFarquhar and Jackley will challenge us to think about what we value most, and why.

Where: ALOUD at Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7:15 pm

Address: 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/impossible-idealism-inventing-moral-life

AFAA MICHAEL WEAVER & ROBIN COSTE LEWIS PUBLICATION READING

Despite the poverty and struggle that surrounded him in the East Baltimore neighborhood where he grew up, AFAA Michael Weaver has forged a life as a literary artist. His most recent award achievements are the prestigious 2014 Kingsley-Tufts Award and the 2015 Phyllis Wheatley Award from the Harlem Book Fair. His new book is “City of Eternal Spring,” the final installment of his “Plum Flower Trilogy.”  Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in the Creative Writing & Literature PhD Program at USC. A Cave Canem Fellow, in 2004, she was a finalist for the National Rita Dove Prize. She graduated from Harvard Divinity School, where she received a Master of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature. She reads from her first book of poems,Voyage of the Sable Venus just out from Knopf and a finalist for the National Book Award. General Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Time: 8 pm

Date: Friday the 2nd

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Gary Indiana on “I Can Give You Anything But Love”

The long-awaited memoir from one of the most acclaimed radical writers in American literature. Described by the London Review of Books as one of the most brilliant critics writing in America today, Gary Indiana is a true radical whose caustic voice has by turns haunted and influenced the literary and artistic establishments.

With “I Can Give You Anything but Love,” Gary Indiana has composed a literary, unabashedly wicked, and revealing montage of excursions into his life and work from his early days growing up gay in rural New Hampshire to his escape to Haight-Ashbury in the post summer-of-love era, the sweltering 1970s in Los Angeles, and ultimately his existence in New York in the 1980s as a bona fide downtown personality.

Gary Indiana is a novelist, playwright, critic, essayist, filmmaker, and artist, hailed by The Guardian as “one of the most important chroniclers of the modern psyche,” and by The Observer as “one of the most woefully underappreciated writers of the last thirty years.”

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/gary-indiana-discusses-his-memoir-i-can-give-you-anything-love

MARSHA DE LA O WITH SPECIAL GUEST SUZANNE LUMMIS

A dark room. A woman in heels steps into a pool of light. She’s handsome, but packing attitude.
Poet MARSHA DE LA O reads from her new award-winning book, “Antidote for Night” (BOA). Poet SUZANNE LUMMIS reads fromOpen 24 Hours.”
General Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Time: 4 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, California 90291

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

Grand Park Proud Stories
Love comes in all kinds of packages, especially in such a diverse place like Los Angeles. Hear stories of love, acceptance, and joy through the powerful voices of LA’s LGBTQ and ally community. As part of the PROUD Series, Grand Park’s PROUD Stories invites all to celebrate the LGBTQ experience with readings, kids’ activities, and theater performances in the Park for Everyone.

GET TO KNOW and HEAR FROM:
Incredible stories of LA’s Latino Queer Youth with Q YOUTH FOUNDATION
Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ experiences with TUESDAY NIGHT PROJECT
LA’s LGBTQ author’s voices go live, curated by WRIT LARGE PRESS
LIVE PERFORMANCES by GENDER JUSTICE LA THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED
ACTIVITIES for ALL AGES. Free.

Where: Grand Park

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 2 pm – 6 pm

Address: 200 N. Grand Ave., Los

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

Jenna Blough on “Death Valley”

Los Angeles resident Jenna Blough reveals the must-see sights and best-kept secrets of Death Valley National Park, from the popular Amargosa Range to the remote expanses of the Saline and Eureka Valleys. Blough offers handpicked suggestions for experiencing the full diversity of Death Valley including “Best Hikes,” “Best Scenic Four-Wheel Drives,” and “Hidden Springs and Desert Oases.” Packed with insider tips and advice on topics such as timing a visit and handling the extreme temperatures, Moon “Death Valley National Park gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Where: Skykight Books

Date: Sunday, the 4th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jenna-blough-discusses-her-new-book-death-valley-national-park

First Sunday Open Reading

Our popular monthly open reading. Featuring this month, GABRIELLE ZEITLIN. Hosted by STEVE GOLDMAN. Sign ups begin at 4:45 PM. Five- minute limit. Free, but donations always appreciated.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Austin Kleon on the “Steal Like an Artist” Journal

From the New York Times bestselling author of “Steal Like an Artist” and “Show Your Work” comes an interactive journal and all-in-one logbook to get your creative juices flowing, and keep a record of your ideas and discoveries.

Austin Kleon is a writer whose work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He also speaks frequently about creativity in the digital age.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday, the 4th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

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

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

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