Los Angeles Literary Events 10/26/15 – 1/1/15

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John Freeman, editor of “Freeman’s : Arrival: The Best New Writing on Arrival,” the first issue of his spectacular new biannual anthology, is in conversation with Brazilian author Daniel Galera, of “Blood-Drenched Beard.”.

In this inaugural edition of unpublished writing, former Granta editor and NBCC president John Freeman brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Daniel Galera is a Brazilian writer, translator and editor, and is one of the founders of the publishing house Livros do Mal.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevalier’s.com/events/

Mystery Book Club

Join us on the last Tuesday of the month for the Studio City Mystery Book Club. The selection for this month is: “The Snowman” by Jo Nesbo.

Where: Studio City Branch Library

Date: Tuesday, the 27th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

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

The Art of Writing: Orhan Pamuk at the Getty

Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk discusses his latest novel, “A Strangeness in My Mind,” which follows a boy who leaves his village for Istanbul to seek his fortune. Throughout the decades from 1969 to 2012, he witnesses the various transformations that the people, the city, and the nation undergo.

FREE/ Advance ticket required (Parking $10 after 4 pm)

Where: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

Address: N. Sepulveda Blvd. & Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Website: http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_625.html

Kenneth Oppel Discusses and Signs “The Nest”

Steve just wants to save his baby brother–but what will he lose in the bargain? This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.   For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.  All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?  Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. Includes illustrations from celebrated artist Jon Klassen. (Simon and Schuster for Young Readers)

Where: Vroman’s Books

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/kenneth-oppel-oct-2015

Andrea Kleine and Wally Rudolph at Skylight Books

Join us for a fantastic evening from publisher Soft Skull Press. Andrea Kleine reads from her debut novel “Calf” and Wally Rudolph reads from his new novel “Mighty, Mighty.”

In “Calf” the year was 1981. The US was entering a deep recession, Russia was our enemy, and John Hinckley, Jr.’s assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan shocked the nation. It was also the year author Andrea Kleine learned her close childhood friend had been violently murdered by her socialite mother, Leslie DeVeau. Both events took place in Washington, DC. Hinckley and Deveau were both sent to St. Elizabeth’s hospital, guilty by reason of insanity. It was there that they met, and later became lovers. These two real-life, and ultimately converging events inspired Klein’s jaw-dropping, spine-tingling novel, “Calf.”

“Mighty, Mighty” is a harsh and realistic look at the struggle of two families desperately trying to get out from under the heavy boot of violence and poverty. Like the works of Richard Price and Dennis Lehane, the novel is a startling and accurate portrait of contemporary urban life. Dirty apartments, tattoo parlors, food kitchens – these are the markers of home for the struggling young adults around Chicago. Stefy is an artist at Ghost Town, the local tattoo shop, trying to provide for her younger sister Amanda and their ailing grandfather. Amanda is hoping for something better, seeking to escape a past riddled with addiction and an abusive relationship with Georgie. When he confronts her one drunken night at a dive bar, the situation turns violent.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/andrea-kleine-reads-her-debut-novel-calf-and-wally-rudolph-reads-his-new-novel-mighty-mighty

Writing at Flintridge Books

Join a Writing Critique Group meeting at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday afternoon.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 4:30 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Website: http://www.flintridgebooks.com/index_files/Page444.htm

Red Hen Press Reading by Percival Everett at Rosegallery

A celebration of the launch of Percival Everett’s new book “Trout’s Lie,” this event will include readings by Piotr Florczyk and Jenny Factor.

Percival Evereett is Distinguished Professor of English at USC and the author of nearly thirty books, and is the recipient of numerous outstanding awards. Piotr Florczyk is a poet, essayist and translator, and author, and one of the founders of Calypso Editions, a cooperative press.

There will be an art tour and free food and wine!

Where: Bergamot Station Arts Center

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 2525 Michigan Ave., G-5, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Website:  http://www.lalitscene.entropymag.org/

Poetry Reading: Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds’s intensely immediate, emotionally keen work, which graphically depicts family life as well as global political events, has made her one of contemporary poetry’s leading voices and has led to prestigious awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award. The poet Billy Collins identifies her as “a poet of sex and the psyche” and adds, “Sharon Olds is infamous for her subject matter alone…but her closer readers know her as a poet of constant linguistic surprise.”

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/10/poetry-sharon-olds/

Literature at CLU

In this panel discussion, Cal Lutheran professors respond to issues and themes in Cristina Henriquez’s novel The Book of Unknown Americans, this year’s selection for the Thousand Oaks Library’s One City, One Book series. Joining professor of history Michaela Reaves are panelists Sergio Galvez, director of Upward Bound; Rachel Casas, assistant professor of graduate psychology; and Claire Ihlendorf Burke, an adjunct faculty member in Spanish.

Where: Cal Lutheran University, Lundring Events Center

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 60 West Olson Rd., Thousand Oaks CA 90601

Website: https://www.callutheran.edu/calendar/event/3556#event

Brendan Constantine at Stories Books & Cafe

Julia Ingalls in conversation with Brendan Constantine (author of “Letters to Guns,” “Calamity Joe,” Birthday Girl with Possum)” will read, converse and entertain.

Brendan Constantine is a Southern California poet and champion for the literary arts. He teaches at the Windward School and is well known for his workshops at Venice’s Beyond Baroque. He performs his work across the United States.

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Vermin on the Mount

Join Jim Ruland for a night of irreverent readings with Sesshu Foster, Andrea Kleine, Janice Lee, Allan MacDonald, David Ulin and poster artist Keith Rosson. Brought to you with the support of Razorcake/Gorsky Press.

Where: Book Show LA

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Friday the 30th

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www.bookshowla.com/event/vermin-on-the-mount-8/

Moon Pixel Open Mic with Mariano Zaro & Mike Sonksen

Mario Zaro is the author of four poetry books, and he has translated many American poets. As a fiction writer his short stories have been featured in literary journals in Spain and the U.S. He received the Roanoke Review Short Fiction Prize in 2004.

Mike Sonksen, also known as Mike the Poet, is a third generation Los Angeles native who has published over 500 essays and poems with publications and websites ranging from KCET to Cultural Weekly. He has taught at the high school and college level and has presented his poetry over 1,500 times at numerous venues and festivals. His book “Poetics of Location” is forthcoming from Writ Large Press.

Where: Half Off Books

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7 pm- 9 pm

Address: 6708 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90601

Website: N/A

Ta-Nehisi Coates Booksigning at CAAM

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Where: California African American Museum

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, California 90037

Website: http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/ta-nehisi-coates-booksigning-between-world-and-me

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Poetry events are held every Saturday afternoon inside the back room of the Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library. At least twice a month the Emerging Urban Poets hold poetry writing workshops and critique workshops. Hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Featured: Poets published in the SPECTRUM Anthology of Southern California Poets, and Open Reading.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

Website: https://www.http://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Monster Verse and Inhuman Poems

Poetry reading event with poems to be frightened by, with Sholeh Wolpe, Charles Harper Webb, and David St. John. Hosted by editor Tony Barnstone.

General Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday, the 31st

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291


Adolfo Guzman-Lopez & George Kalmar

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is a poet and journalist. In 1994 he co-founded the Taco Shop Poets, a performance poetry group that toured the country and appeared in several documentaries. His poetry has been in several anthologies, including “Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992.”

George Kalmar’s first exposure to poetry was through his work on “The Scriblerian” scholarly journal as an undergraduate at Temple University. His work has been published in a number of poetry journals including, Indiana Review, Indra, Matters, and others. His readings have included Valley Contemporary Poets, Avenue 50, Artcore, and Beyond Baroque.

General Admission $10; Students & Seniors $6; Members are Free.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 1st

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 91201

Website: http://www.beyondbaroque.org

Lissa Scottoline at Vroman’s

Bennie Rosato the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn’t like to fail. Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn’t free Jason, and to this day it’s the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn’t been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn’t know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures-of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice. (St. Martin’s Press)

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday, the 1st

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/lisa-scottoline-nov-2015


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