Los Angeles Literary Events 11/9/15 – 11/15/15

Laura McKinny Men Against Women Discusses and Signs “Men Against Women”men-against-woman-cover-200x300

Morgan is a single mom and a tough-minded cop who has requested a transfer out of her sleepy suburban town to the gritty streets LA’s 77th precinct. As a woman in a male-dominated profession, she has pretty much experienced it all – or so she thought. What she finds downtown is much more serious and potentially life threatening. At the 77th, there is a clear division and hostility between the men and the women on the force.

Soon after Morgan arrives at the 77th, the women fill her in on the men’s after-hours secret cop club, Men Against Women (MAW) — where the guys vent their frustrations at having to share their jobs, and their pride, with women, atmosphere that is hard to endure. When Morgan refuses to rat-out a fellow male officer, she is unceremoniously demoted to “report car” and discovers a cover-up that could bring down MAW and forever change the 77th. (Stone’s Throw Media)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday, the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/laura-mckinny-discusses-and-signs-men-against-women

Listening Room Open Mic Night

It’s the Cadence Collective weekly open mic night with mixed acts. This week at Gina M Woodruff Gallery. Hosted by Geo.

Where: The Gina M Woodruff Gallery

Date: Monday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 5555 E. Sterns St. #203, Long Beach, CA

Website: http://www.localendar.com/public/CadenceCollective

Stephen Cooper at SMC

SMC Literary Reading Series presents “Isaac Babel: New Fiction by Stephen Cooper.”

Author Stephen Cooper—professor of English and Film Studies at California State University, Long Beach—had his biography of novelist and screenwriter John Fante and edition of The John Fante Reader named among the Los Angeles Times ”Best Books of the Year,” and has published numerous short stories and scholarly articles in literary magazines and film journals.

Where: Santa Monica College, HSS 165

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 11:15 am (Seating on a first arrival basis)

Address: 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 9045

Website: http://smc.edu/ACG/Marketing/Events/Pages/Literary-Series.aspx

Paul Cummins and Jared Diamond at Annenberg Beach House

Creative Nonfiction Reading with two master educators. Admission is free.

Paul Cummins, renowned educator and founder of Coalition for Engaged Education (formerly New Visions Foundation) founded numerous schools, published four books on education, two volumes of original poetry, two children’s books and a biography. His newest book, “Confessions of a Headmaster” was published by Red Hen Press.

Jared Diamond has published more than six hundred articles and his book “Guns, Germs and Steel” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90402

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar

Jesse Eisenberg Reads Debut Collection

Jesse Eisenberg is known for acclaimed acting roles in The Social Network, The Squid and the Whale, and other films, but his writing talents are no less impressive. His short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s and in the New Yorker and he is the author of three plays, including The Revisionist, which starred Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave.

Now in his whip-smart fiction debut “Bream Gives Me Hiccups” Eisenberg delivers a collection of forty-four hilarious, moving, and inventive stories that explore the various insanities of the modern world.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jesse-eisenberg-reads-his-debut-collection-short-stories-bream-gives-me-hiccups

Jeff Hobbs at Chevalier’s

Welcome award-winning writer Jeff Hobbs, to sign and discuss his book, New York Times bestseller The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League.

When Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, trying to fit in at Yale, and at home on breaks. Hobbs’ book encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship and love.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Wednesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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


Robert Crais at Vroman’s 

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by “Suspect” heroes Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they “keep” it. Even if it could get them killed.
When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown. Meanwhile, in another part of the city, LAPD officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, enter an abandoned building to locate an armed and dangerous thief, only to discover far more than they expected.

Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/robert-crais-nov-2015

Sixth Annual Soldiers Speak

Sixth Annual Returning Soldiers Speak event on Veteran’s Day, featuring  An Evening of Prose and Poetry.

Where: American Legion Post 13

Date: Wednesday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm Reading; 6:30 pm Reception

Address: 131 North Marengo Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://returningsoldiersspeak.org/2015-rss-event/

A Los Angeles Review Reading at Flintridge

Red Hen Press hosts a Los Angeles Review reading by Siel Ju, Anna Scotti, and Sean Bernard.

Siel Ju is the author of two poetry chapbooks, and her poems and stories have appeared in numerous journals. Sean Bernard lives and teaches creative writing in Southern California, where he serves as fiction editor for the Los Angeles Review. Anna Scotti teaches middle school English in Los Angeles, and is a working poet who has been  nominated for thePushcart Prize many times.

Where: Flintridge Books

Date: Thursday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://redhen.org/events/?uuid=749F1532-CF68-EC4B-A496-B5C7660D48C9

Armistead Maupin on “My Logical Grandfather” at Huntington Library

Armistead Maupin, American novelist and LGBT activist, reflects on his friendship with author Christopher Isherwood and the significance of Isherwood’s cultural leadership.

Free with reservations.

Where: Huntington Library

Date: Thursday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Website: https://www.huntington.org

Adrian Tomine at Skylight

Adrian Romine will read from his new graphic novel, “Killing and Dying” in conversation with Tunde Adebimpe (from the band TV on the Radio). Kiling and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics.

Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney’sBest American Comics, and Best American Non-required Reading, and his graphic novel Shortcomings was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/adrian-tomine-presents-his-new-graphic-novel-killing-and-dying-tunde-adebimpe

Rough Magick Anthology at Stories Books and Cafe

Join this special reading from the excellent new ebook anthology investigating the darker aspects of love and sex, edited by Francesca Lia Block and Jessa Marie Mendez.

Appearances include: Amanda Yates Garcia, Denise Hamilton, Mary Pauline Lowrey, Laura Lee Bahr, Tracy DeBrincat, Sarah Herrington, Logan Brendt, Manuel Chavarria, and Adam Greenberg.

Where: Stories Books and Cafe

Time: 7 pm

Date: Friday the 13th

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

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

Open Mic Night of Music & Spoken Word  

Tia Chucha’s Open Mic is a welcoming, creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share thoughts, feelings and talents through various styles of expression.

Hosted by Jeffery Martin.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 13th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave., Sylmar, CA 91342


Pauline Ts’o Book Launch & Signing

Celebrate the publication of “Whispers of the Wolf” a beautiful picture book set around 500 years ago among the Pueblo Indians. It’s a heartwarming piece of historical fiction, weaving together themes of community, tradition and respect for all life, creating a realistic portrait of a vibrant culture. (For ages 4-8)

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 2:30 pm

Address: 10580 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90064

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Field Trip for Deep Poetry Critique Workshop at McDonald Park, part of the Saturday Afternoon Poetry events in Pasadena.

Where: McDonald Park

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 1000 Mountain  Ave., Pasadena, CA 90069

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

Poesia Para La Gente rides the metro!

Poetry readings/performances in a one-time event, to stimulate and encourage artistic expression throughout the LA area via the Blue Metro line. MEET at the BLUE LINE platform at 7th & Metro Center Station. Then we’ll stop at: Florence—Compton—Del Amo—Willow—Long Beach loop, and then ride to Watts Towers, for the last stop.

Excited to be featuring: Karineh Mahdessian, F Douglas Brown, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Lynn Bronstein, Ángel García, Kenji Liu, Lina Ricos, Roberto Leni, Rossana Perez, DM Collins,
Mike Sonksen, Steve Abee, Luis Antonio Pichardo, Jessica Wilson Cardenas, Alexandra Hohmann, Peggy Dobreer, Art Currim, Kim Young,Bus Stop Prophet and YOU…..Hosted by Jessica Ceballos. PLUS OPEN “MIC”

Where: Various, starting at 7th and Metro in Downtown LA.

Date: Saturday, the 14th

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Address: see above

Websitehttp://www.pw.org/calendar  or https://www.facebook.com/events/432194746973321/

Libros Schmibros Book Club

This fall, in connection with the exhibition, “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris,” we will discuss “The Handmaid’s Tale” written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 1 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/?month=11&day=15&year=2015

La Palabra Reading

Jessica Ceballos, Wyatt Underwood, and Luivette Resto will be coming into the circle. Bring yourself and your words.

Hosted by Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday, the 15th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www..pw.org/calendar

Ursula K. LeGuin: Unlimited Stories

Incomparable story teller  and world weaver Ursula K. LeGuin joins us for a conversation celebrating her incredible work. Awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2015, she has won innumerable awards and accolades.

Hosted by Meryl Friedman, CAP UCLA Director of Education and Special Initiatives.

Where: ULLA Royce Hall

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Website: http://pw.org/calendar


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