Los Angeles Literature 11/1/15 – 11/7/15

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Yumi Sakugawa with “There Is No Right Way to Meditate”

In “There Is No Right Way to Meditate,” award-winning artist Yumi Sakugawa helps you tap into your inner self and finally find the peace that you’ve been seeking. Each page offers a unique perspective on how to lead a more mindful life, with captivating ink illustrations and encouraging words like, “it’s okay if the only thing you did today was breathe.” From simple ways to get rid of a bad mood to instructions for making your intentions come true, her lessons will inspire you to become more aware of the present moment and find stillness no matter where you go.

Yumi Sakugawa is an Ignatz Awards nominated comic book artist and the author of I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You and Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With The Universe. Her comics have also appeared in The Believer, Bitch, the Best American Non­Required Reading 2014, The Rumpus, Folio, Fjords Review, and other publications. A graduate from the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, she lives in Los Angeles.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Monday, the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/yumi-sakugawa-discusses-her-new-book-there-no-right-way-meditate

Speakeasy/Open Mic Night

It’s the first Monday of the month, and our open mic night is happening. Come early to get a good spot in line.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 2nd

Time: 7:45 pm

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

Website: http://www.lastbookstorela.com/events/speakeasy-open-mic-night-2/

CSULB MFA Reading Series #3

MFA Reading Series, Poetry & Fiction, of CSULB MFA students, featuring: Allyssea Carver, Frankie Victoria, Alina Nguyen, Devin Falk, Eddie Shea, Sarah Davis.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Tuesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90049

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


Geraldine Brooks with “The Secret Chord”

With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans. (Viking)

Where: Vroman’s Books

Date: Tuesday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/geraldine-brooks-nov-2015

West Coast Poetry Anthology at Otis College

Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco” is the first anthology to examine the movement of poets up and down the West Coast after World War II. Editors Neeli Cherkovski and Bill Mohr have gathered over two dozen representative figures who exemplify the overlooked intermingling of a pair of feisty scenes. In revealing new layers of mutual influences, Cross-Strokes traces the restless poetics that epitomizes the small press movement in California.

Neeli Cherkovski is an internationally known poet and literary chronicler. His most recent poetry collection is The Crow and I.  He is currently completing his memoirs. Bill Mohr is a poet and literary historian who teaches at CSU Long Beach; his most recent book is Pruebas Ocultas.

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

Date: Wednesday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website:  http://www.otis.edu/calendar/otis-books-reading-cross-strokes-poetry-between-los-angeles-san-francisco

Nicholas Wong with “Crevasse” at Stories Books & Cafe

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Nicholas Wong received his MFA from City University of Hong Kong and has been a finalist for the New Letters Poetry Award and the Wabash Prize for Poetry. Described as a “firestarter” byTime Out: Hong Kong, he is on the teaching faculty of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Wednesday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.storiesla.com/blogs/events

Red Hen Press Reading by Nicelle Davis at The Edison in DTLA

The second installment of our reading series “Fluid” at The Edison. Featuring Nicelle Davis’ two-part play, “On the Island of Caliban,” sequel to “The Tempest.”

Free! (two drink minimum)
Ages 21+, sophisticated dress code enforced

Nicelle Davis’s latest collection of poems, In the Circus of You, is available from Rose Metal Press, and The Walled Wife is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in Spring 2016. She is Editor at Large of The Los Angeles Review and has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, MHA, and with Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center. She is the recipient of the 2013 AROHO retreat 9 3/4 Fellowship.

“On the Island of Caliban” is a brand new play-in-verse continuing William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Focusing on the character of Caliban, this modern language deconstruction of the bards classic text, presents an “everyman” Caliban for today’s society; Caliban tackles universal experience by exploring the realities of what left him/her alone on the island.

Where: The Edison

Date: Wednesday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 108 W. 2nd St., #101, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website:  http://www.http://redhen.org/events/?uuid=792EF246-112B-3F30-DFE4-24AE2B7A1EE0

Sarah Vowell at Vroman’s

Sarah Vowell discusses and signs “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States,” an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War. Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way. Drawn to the patriots war out of a lust for glory, Enlightenment ideas and the traditional French hatred for the British, young Lafayette crossed the Atlantic expecting to join forces with an undivided people, encountering instead fault lines between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, rebel and loyalist inhabitants, and a conspiracy to fire George Washington, the one man holding together the rickety, seemingly doomed patriot cause.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/sarah-vowell-nov-2015

The Poetry Lab, Long Beach

The Poetry Lab is a writing group that provides educational programming to traditionally under-served members of the literary community. Each session has a specific purpose. The agenda varies between craft talks, publication seminars, poetry readings, and critical workshops, but we especially love generative workshops in which everyone goes home with a new piece of writing in hand. We also invite writers from near and far to give talks and lead sessions as visiting authors. Our goal is simple: to build community with each other as we become better writers. The Poetry Lab strengthen the writing communities of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County by encouraging collaborations between writers, sponsoring new projects, and supporting all efforts in the community.

Where: We Labs

Date: Thursday the 5th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 235 E. Broadway Ave., 8th Floor, Long Beach, California

Website: http://poetry-lab.squarespace.com/

Jonathan Lethem at Cal Arts

Jonathan Lethem’s genre-bending fiction weaves the conventions of noir mysteries, westerns, science fiction, and comic books into coming-of-age tales that are evocative and wholly original. He is the author of over a dozen books—including the much lauded novels Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude—and the winner of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. His latest work, Lucky Alan and Other Stories, is his third collection of short stories.

In describing his own work, Lethem says, “Everything I write is informed by genre traditions, which I love deeply. At the same time, I don’t think I’ve written without straining against genre boundaries, and I’ve often violated them outright. I think my work reveals traces of an extremely eclectic reading history, and my narrative is also particularly informed by film. But my dearest models are nearly all twentieth-century Americans pursuing high art through popular forms.”

Where: California Institute of the Arts, Butler Building #4

Date: Thursday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 2700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

Website: https://www.calarts.edu/calendar

David Berkeley at Last Bookstore

Rare Bird Books and The Last Bookstore present David Berkeley and his novella, “The Free Brontosaurus.” Davis will read and perform some of his new album, which is connected to the book. This novella comprises ten interweaving stories, accompanied by ten songs, set in the same fictional place and time. It’s a bit like Olive Kitteridge, if reimagined by Miranda July.

Where: The Last Bookstore, Ground Floor

Date: Thursday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.lastbookstorela.com/events/david-berkeley-at-the-last-bookstore/

USC’s Master of Professional Writing Class Student/ Faculty Reading

Join the celebration of the final year of the USC MPW program as five students and one faculty member read from their work.

Where: The Last Bookstore, Ground Floor

Time: 7 pm

Date: Friday the 6th

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

Website: http://www.lastbookstorela.com/events/usc-master-of-professional-writing-class-of-2016-studentfaculty-reading/

Jeremie Guez reads from his new novel “Eyes Full of Empty” with James Ellroy  

From France’s hottest young crime writer, comes a hardboiled noir with the pace of a Chandler novel and the French Algerian literary legacy of Camus.

Idir is not your typical Parisian detective. The son of an Algerian immigrant who made good, Idir’s middle class upbringing places him at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to his rich friends from university, while his street smarts make him just intimidating enough to handle the secret problems of Paris’s elite. Put another way, Idir knows precisely how much pressure to exert on behalf of his wealthy clients, while keeping things low profile. That is, until Oscar Crumley, a powerful media mogul, hires Idir to find his missing younger half-brother, Thibaut.

Jěrěmie Guez was born in Paris in 1988 and has been hailed as the rising star of contemporary French noir. His two previous novels, Balanceě dans les cordes and Paris la unit, were awarded the 2013 SNCF du Polar and 2012 Plume Libre prizes, respectively. Eyes Full of Empty is the highly anticipated first English translation of Jěrěmie Guez’s work. He lives in Paris.

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the L.A. Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz,and the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s A Rover. These seven novels have won numerous honors and were international best sellers. His newest novel, Perfidia, is the first novel of the Second L.A. Quartet, Ellroy’s fictional history of Los Angeles during World War II.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 6th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: www.skylightbooks.com/event/jeremie-guez-reads-his-new-novel-eyes-full-empty-james-ellroy

Scott Caan at Samuel French Bookstore

Scott Caan launches “The Performance of Heartbreak and Other Plays” at Samuel French Bookstore in West Hollywood.

A collection of eleven one-act plays. With hints of Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard, Neil LaBute, and Tracy Letts, Scott Caan grapples with the emotional interiors of people in a fractured world. Whether writing about actors, lovers, or co-workers, Caan takes on the complicated tension between what we say and what we feel, how we grapple with the world publicly and privately, and what that difference says about us as people.

Scott Caan is an actor, playwright, and photographer. He has published two collections of photography, Scott Caan Photographs Vol. 1 and Vanity, and appeared in over forty films and television shows.

Where: Samuel French Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 7th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 7623 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90046

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

Frances Dinkelspiel discusses and signs “Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California.”

On October 12, 2005, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California’s finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it the largest destruction of wine in history. The fire had been deliberately set by a passionate oenophile named Mark Anderson, a skilled con man and thief with storage space at the warehouse who needed to cover his tracks. With a propane torch and a bucket of gasoline-soaked rags, Anderson annihilated entire California vineyard libraries as well as bottles of some of the most sought-after wines in the world. Among the priceless bottles destroyed were 175 bottles of Port and Angelica from one of the oldest vineyards in California made by Frances Dinkelspiel’s great-great grandfather, Isaias Hellman, in 1875. Sadly, Mark Anderson was not the first to harm the industry. The history of the California wine trade, dating back to the 19th Century, is a story of vineyards with dark and bloody pasts, tales of rich men, strangling monopolies, the brutal enslavement of vineyard workers and murder. Five of the wine trade murders were associated with Isaias Hellman’s vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga beginning with the killing of John Rains who owned the land at the time. He was shot several times, dragged from a wagon and left off the main road for the coyotes to feed on. In her new book, Frances Dinkelspiel looks beneath the casually elegant veneer of California’s wine regions to find the obsession, greed and violence lying in wait. Few people sipping a fine California Cabernet can even guess at the Tangled Vines where its life began. (St. Martin’s Press)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 7th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/frances-dinkelspiel-discusses-and-signs-tangled-vines-greed-murder-obsession-and-arsonist

Cien Minutos de Recuerdos para Marquez at Bluebird Reading Series

Poetry readings  for a 100-minute long reading of work inspired by Gabriel García Márquez, as told by 9 Los Ángeles storytellers, with short interludes accompanied by 1 Los Ángeles son jarocho. The Readers are: Amanda Yates Garcia , Gloria Enedina Alvarez , Iris De Anda, Janice Lee,Mandy Kahn, Marytza K.Rubio, Melora Walters, Natashia Deón, Zoë Ruiz.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday, the 8th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 131 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Websitehttp://www.facebook./BluebirdReadingSeries/

Uptown Word Reading Series at LBCAP

Uptown Word Reading series features Alex Espinoza, Cynthia Guardado, and Michelle Brittan Rosado at LBCAP.

Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in suburban Los Angeles. He’s the author of the novels Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego León, both from Random House. His non-fiction and stories have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Huizache, The Southern California Review, the American Book Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” A recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the NEA and an American Book Award, Alex is visiting associate professor at Cal State LA and is working on his next novel. www.alexespinoza.com

Cynthia Guardado is a Salvadorian-American and Professor of English in the Los Angeles area. Her poems have been published in The Acentos Review, The Packinghouse Review, PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano and Literary Art, Crate Literary Magazine, bozalta, The Normal School, and ING: An Inglewood Anthology. She translatedThe Madrid Conversations by Adam Braver & Molly Gesser, from University of New Orleans Press, and she was a semi-finalist for the Andres Montoya Prize out of Norte Dame University. https://cynthiaguardado.wordpress.com

Michelle Brittan Rosado’s poems have been published inCalyx, The Los Angeles Review, Nimrod, The Packinghouse Review, andPoet Lore, and was the title poet for the anthology Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25. In 2011, she won the Academy of American Poets/Ernesto Trejo Poetry Prize at CSU Fresno. Currently, she lives in Long Beach and is a doctoral candidate and Transpacific Studies Graduate Fellow in the PhD program in Creative Writing & Literature at USC. She is at work on her first collection of poems titled The Numerology of Us.

liz gonzález, host, curator, and organizer, is a writer who lives Uptown/North Long Beach. www.lizgonzalez.com

WANTED for the OPEN MIC: Aspiring creative writers–storytellers, poets, spoken word artists, monologue performers, songwriters/singers…. Two pieces or 3 of 4 minutes. Time includes introductions.

Where: Long Beach Community Action Partnership (LBCAP)

Date: Sunday the 8th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 117 W. Victoria St., Long Beach, CA 90805

Website: http://www.uptownword.lizgonzalez.com/pages/upcoming.html

Poems for the Millennium at Beyond Baroque

Volume 5 Book Launch for “Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present,” edited with Jerome Rothenberf and John Bloomberg-Rissman.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday, the 8th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

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