Los Angeles Literature Events 10/19/15 – 10/25/15

Lillian Faderman & Roberta Kaplan at Aloud

faderman“Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA,” features renowned litigator Roberta Kaplan and scholar Lillian Faderman in conversation with LA Times columnist and author Patt Morrison. Kaplan takes us behind the scenes of this gripping legal journey in her new book, Then Comes Marriage. Award-winning activist and author Lillian Faderman’s latest book, The Gay Revolution, begins in the 1950s, when the law classified gays and lesbians as criminals, then moves to the present to offer a sweeping account of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights. Following this summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision supporting gay marriage, hear from two of today’s most influential champions for equality.

Where: Downtown LA Central Library, Taper Auditorium

Date: Monday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.lfla.org/event/then-comes-marriage-united-states-v-windsor-and-the-defeat-of-doma/

Adult Writing Workshop: Writers Jam

Read! Show! Refine! Inspire!   Take up the Pen! Jan, a former professor has edited scholarly and creative writing for a number of well-published professors and writers. She has also published poetry. Join us. Put on your creative hat and write it down.

Where: Eagle Rock Branch Library

Date: Tuesday, the 20th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 5027 Caspar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Website: https://www.lapl.org/branches/eagle-rock

Mysterious Book Club

Join the Mysterous Book Club to discuss “Suspect” by Michael Robotham, the first novel of this Australian author. Library Journal states: “This fast-paced thriller, with twists and turns reminiscent of The Fugitive, makes for a quick and satisfying read.”

Where: Palisades Branch Library

Date: Tuesday the 20th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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

Lit Crawl in the NoHo Arts District

Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Readings:

The international Lit Crawl phenomenon returns to L.A. with the 3rd Annual Lit Crawl L.A. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in the North Hollywood Arts District! Over 35 restaurants, bars, galleries, theaters and other hip NoHo venues will host an evening of innovative presentations with the best of L.A.’s literary scene sampling from throughout Los Angeles County and the SoCal region!

Over 40 presenters including readings series, lit journals, performance groups, local presses and more are hosting events at 35+ locations across the NoHo Arts District! Held in three 45-minute rounds, this progressive literary night is a chance to dine, explore, and stroll while enjoying readings and performances!

Check out Lit Crawl L.A.’s schedule and map at the website below.

Where: NoHo Arts District

Date: Wednesday the 21st

Time: 6 pm – 10 pm

Address: NoHo Arts District, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Website: http://www.litcrawl.org/la/schedule/

Wide Awake at NoHo Lit Crawl

Join us as Beyond Baroque celebrates Wide Awake poets, featuring: LINDA ALBERTANO, JAWANZA DUMISANI, CECE PERI, and MIKE SONKSEN as well as DOUG KNOTT.

Where: NoHo Arts District

Date: Wednesday the 21st

Time: 8 pm – 8:45 pm

Address: Kahuna Tiki, 11026 Magnolia, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Website:  http://litcrawl.org/la/events/wide-awake-at-the-noho-lit-crawl-beyond-baroque-literary-arts-center/

Literary Locavore Los Angeles: L.A. Streets by L.A. Writers | Literature for Life Presented by Literature for Life:

An intense, mesmerizing collection of stories exploring life and lives in the East and South of Los Angeles County in essay, article, fact and fiction, presented by Literature for Life, this reading, organized by street, features excerpts from our first three issues.

Featured Writers:

Janet Fitch

Rebecca Gonzales

Erin Aubry Kaplan

Cheryl Klein

Keenan Norris

Susan Straight

Jervey Tervalon

Daniel Voll

Where: NoHo Arts District

Date: Wednesday the 21st

Time: 8 pm – 8:45 pm

Address: Skynny Kitchen, 5166 Lankershim Blvd., CA 91601

Website:  http://litcrawl.org/la/events/literary-locavore-los-angeles-l-a-streets-by-l-a-writers-literature-for-life/

Youth Poet Laureate Showcase

Join us for the Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate Showcase, presented by Urban Word Los Angeles. Founded in LA in 2013, the Youth Poet Laureate program honors young writers across Los Angeles County who exhibit a commitment to poetry and civic engagement. In partnership with more than a dozen local literary arts organizations, LA Public Library and PEN Center USA, the title of LA Youth Poet Laureate is awarded to one teen poet each year, along with a book deal to publish their first collection of poems. The finalists of this program are also honored as LA Youth Poet Ambassadors. Today’s reading will feature 2014-15 LA YPL, Amanda Gorman, 2015-16 LA YPL Julia Horwitz, and additional LA Youth Poet Ambassadors Ian Kohn and Khamal Iwuanyanwu, and will be hosted by program founder and poet, Michael Cirelli.


Featured Writers:

Michael Cirelli

Amanda Gorman

Julia Horwitz

Khamal Iwuanyanwu

Ian Kohn

Where: NoHo Arts District

Date: Wednesday the 21st

Time: 7 pm- 7:45 pm

Address: Pitfire Pizza Patio, 5211 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 90601

Website: http://litcrawl.org/la/events/word-power-los-angeles-youth-poet-laureate-showcase-urban-word-los-angeles/

LARB at NoHo Litcrawl

LARB OUT LOUD: The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal Prose and Poetry Showcase
Presented by The Los Angeles Review of Books

The Los Angeles Review of Books gathers eight contributing writers from its signature print edition, the LARB Quarterly Journal, for a raucous live reading of their work. With selections that cover everything from an aphasia book club to cell phone diaries, earthquake weather, and California’s “golden muse,” this reading is a celebration of some of the finest, and funniest, LA writing published in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Featuring David Ulin, Sonia Greenfield, Dinah Lenney, Samantha Dunn, Tom Zoellner, Benjamin Weissman, Robin Coste Lewis, and Louise Steinman.

Featured Writers:

Dinah Lenney
David Ulin
Sonia Greenfield
Samantha Dunn
Tom Zoellner
Louise Steinman
Benjamin Weissman
Robin Coste Lewis

Where: NoHo Arts District

Date: Wednesday the 21st

Time: 9 pm – 9:45

Address: Mod Pizza, 5300 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood CA 90601

Website: http://litcrawl.org/la/events/larb-out-loud-the-los-angeles-review-of-books-quarterly-journal-prose-and-poetry-showcase/

David Ulin in conversation with Mark Haskell Smith

In “Sidewalking,” David L. Ulin offers a compelling inquiry into the evolving landscape of Los Angeles. Part personal narrative, part investigation of the city as both idea and environment, Sidewalking is many things: a discussion of Los Angeles as urban space, a history of the city’s built environment, a meditation on the author’s relationship to the city, and a rumination on the art of urban walking. Exploring Los Angeles through the soles of his feet, Ulin gets at the experience of its street life, drawing from urban theory, pop culture, and literature. For readers interested in the culture of Los Angeles, this book offers a pointed look beneath the surface in order to see, and engage with, the city on its own terms. (University of California Press)

Where: Vroman’s Books

Date: Thursday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/david-ulin-oct-2015

Loose Pleasures: A Reading Series

Imagine a room transformed to space / land / body / Beyonds. A desire to speak/spit backwards, forwards and slant. To gather and release. Join resident Allison Conner for a night of words as visions. Refreshments will be offered.

Featuring: Nikki Darling, Kate Figgins, M. Whiteford & others TBA !

Where: Women’s center for Creative Work

Time: 8 pm

Date: Thursday the 22nd

Address: 2425 Glover Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/898304036925107/

Open Mic at Tia Chucha

Open night of music and spoken word every two weeks. Tía Chucha’s Open Mic is a welcoming, creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings and talents through various styles of expression. This can be a poem, story, song, joke, freestyle, or just something they feel the need to express. Everyone is welcome to be themselves. It’s FREE. Participants sign up on arrival. Donations are accepted.

Hosted by Jeffery Martin

Where: Tia Chucha Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 23rd

Time: 8 pm- 10 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave., Sylmar, CA 91342


What Books Presents Three Authors

Annette Leddy is a writer, critic, and curator. In 2009 she was awarded an arts writer grant from the Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Foundation and in 2013 was a resident at Montalvo Center for the Arts. Currently she is the New York Collector for the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Leddy’s fiction has appeared in Quarterly West and Quarry. Four of her short stories were performed as part of the New Short Fiction series in Los Angeles. She lives in Brooklyn.

She will feature her book “Earth Still.”

Gail Wronsky is the author of Poems for Infidels, Dying for Beauty, a finalist for the Western Arts Federation Poetry Award, The Love-talkers, Again the Gemini are in the Orchard, and Dogland. Her translation of Alicia Partnoy’s poems Volando Bajito has been published by Red Hen, and she is the coauthor with Molly Bendall of two books of “cowgirl” poetry: Calamity and Belle, A Cowgirl Correspondence and Dear Calamity, Love BelleBlue Shadow Behind Everything Dazzling, a chapbook of poems about India where she lived for several months in 2006, has been published by Hollyridge Press.

She will feature her book “The Shortest Farewells Are the Best.”

Chuck Rosenthal is the author of eight novels:  the Loop Trilogy: Loop’s ProgressExperiments with Life and Deaf, and Loop’s EndElena of the StarsAvatar Angel, the Last Novel of Jack KerouacMy Mistress Humanity;The Heart of Mars; and the current Coyote O’Donohughe’s History of Texas.  He has published a memoir, Never Let Me Go, and most recently a travel book, Are We Not There Yet? Travels in Nepal, North India, and Bhutan.  In the fall of 2012 he published his second book of Magic Journalism, West of Eden: A Life in 21st Century Los Angeles. His novel Ten Thousand Heavenswas published in 2013 by Whitepoint Press.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday the 24th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/what-books-presents-annette-leddy-gail-wronsky-and-chuck-rosenthal

Elaine Ash Writers Workshop

Coffee House Writers Group Presents a Writers Workshop with Elaine Ash, discussing her tips on how literary agents and publishers select material and talent:

“What Do Agents & Publishers Really Want?”

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Saturday the 24th

Time: 3 pm

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

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

La Palabra at Avenue 50 Studio

LaPalabra poetry series is hosted by Karineh Mahdessian, and this week features:

Cynthia Guarado is a Salvadoran-American poet and Professor of English in the Los Angeles area. She has been published in numerous journals and was a semi-finalist for the Anders Montoya Prize out of Notre Dame University.

liz gonzalez writes poetry, fiction and memoir. She has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and is the host and producer of Uptown Word reading series in Long Beach.

Michelle Brittan Rosado is a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in Creative Writing & Literature at USC. She is at work on her first collection of poems, “The Numerology of Us.”

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday, the 25th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042


Tongue & Groove at Hotel Cafe

SPREADING THE WORD for 12 YEARS! A monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This month features Janet Fitch, David Francis, Rita Williams, Julianne Ortale and music by Garretson & Gorodetsky. COST: $6

Where: The Hotel Cafe

Date: Sunday the 25th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Website: http://conradromo.com/

Vroman’s Local Author Series

This series introduces  Susan A. Herney, Carol Wawrychuk and Janet Rendall.

Susan A. Herney discusses and signs Steadfast: Compelling Firsthand Accounts of Two Parallel Journeys in World War II.
An epic true story of love, commitment, and resilience in the face of war, author Susan A. Herney’sSteadfast reveals never-before-seen correspondence from Ensign Albert Herney during his service aboard the “USS Scurry.”

Carol Wawrychuk discusses and signs Taking Nana Home
In 2004, thirty-five years after she died while a patient in the mental hospital at Las Vegas, New Mexico, Nana came to her granddaughter in a vision. “Take me home, Carol. Take me home”.  Little did Carol know, Nana was apparently speaking for over 2,000 souls in need of a final resting place.

Janet Rendall discusses and signs Route 66 To The Milky Way
Sci-fi readers might enjoy the novelty of Rendall’s extraterrestrial heroine, May Alderman, whose regenerative tissue enlivens a gorgeous Navy nurse, thought to have perished at Pearl Harbor. Readers of thrillers may appreciate the intertwined plots – May’s desperation to return to her home planet before the FBI kills her, and a smitten federal agent’s attempt to save her before the CIA stops him.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday, the 25th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/local-author-day-october-2015


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