Los Angeles Literary Events

LARB presents Roy Scranton with “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene”download

Roy Scranton discusses and signs “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization” which heralds a threat far more dangerous than ISIS or Al Qaeda: Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, megadrought—the shock and awe of global warming.

Expanding on his influential New York Times essay (the #1 most-emailed article the day it appeared, and selected for Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014), Scranton responds to the existential problem of global warming by arguing that in order to survive, we must come to terms with our mortality.  Plato argued that to philosophize is to learn to die. If that s true, says Scranton, then we have entered humanity s most philosophical age–for this is precisely the problem of the Anthropocene. The trouble now is that we must learn to die not as individuals, but as a civilization.  (City Lights Books)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday, the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/book-soup-and-los-angeles-review-books-present-roy-scranton-discussing-and-signing-learning

National Novel Writing Month/Night

Celebrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)! Every Monday in November from 3-4 pm “Come Write In” to the meeting room and put words inside your head to paper, and write a novel in a month. The scariest part is putting your thoughts to paper. Writing a first draft of a novel in a month forces you to ignore the worry and be on your way to saying something important.

Where: Vermont Square Branch Library

Date: Monday the 16th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 1201 W. 48th St., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website: http://www. lapl.org/branches/vermont-square

Edmond Clinton on Clifton’s and Clifford Clinton

Edmond Clinton discusses and signs “Clifton’s and Clifford Clinton: A Cafeteria and a Crusader,” which tells a riveting story of greed, corruption and humanity and a place that became a haven as well as a restaurant for the city. Author Edmond J. Clinton III is the eldest grandson of Clifford Clinton, and includes dozens of vintage images and shared recollections from his grandfather’s never-published memoir.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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


Thomas McGuane at Hammer Museum

Some Favorite Writers Reading Series presents Thomas McGuane in discussion with Mona Simpson on his new collection, “Crow Fair,” 17 stories that are unforgettable, hilarious, moving and profound.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/11/some-favorite-writers-thomas-mcguane/

Colleen oover




Hoover discusses “November 9”

Bestselling author Colleen Hoover discusses and signs her new book, “November 9” and RSVPs and pre-purchases are recommended.

In November 9, Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date – November 9th –every year. Until one day, Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com/2015/11/11/a-talk-and-signing-by-author-colleen-hoover/

Rainn Wilson at Skylight’s

Skylight Books and Largo present Rainn Wilson discussing his new memoir “The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith and Idiocy,” with Rhett Miller.

Tickets are $40 and include a copy of the book. This event will be held at the Largo at the Coronet and tickets are required for entry.

Where: Largo at the Coronet

Date: Wednesday the 18th                                                                               

Time: 7 pm

Address: 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048


Victoria Chang and Marla Frazee at Vroman’s 

In this irreverent, hilarious, and charming book, “Is Mommy?” award-winning poet Victoria Chang and celebrated artist Marlee Frazee show that all toddlers love their mommies—no matter what. This ode to hardworking mothers includes colorful illustrations, perfect for reading aloud. (Beach Lane Books)

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/victoria-chang-marla-frazee-nov-2015

Six Mysteries and Four Authors at Last Bookstore

Mystery Writers of America SoCal and Last Bookstore present a panel, conversation and evening of intrigue with four exciting authors:

Lisa  Brackman, author of Ellie McEnroe novels set in today’s China, most recently “Dragon Day.” Her book “Getaway” won the Los Angeles Book Festival grand prize.

Harley Jane Kozak is the author of the Wollie Shelly series, most recently, “A Date You Can’t Refuse.” Harley is a feature film and television actress.

Phoef Sutton’s book “Crush” features the toughest, coolest bodyguard/bouncer in LA. Phoef is an Emmy Award winning TV writer/producer.

Steph Cha is a native Angeleno. Her protagonist is a Los Angeles based PI, Juniper Song, appearing most recently in “Dead Soon Enough.”

Where:  The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://lastbookstorela.com/events/one-night-four-authors-six-mysteries-eight-truths-nine-lies-be-there/

Beyond Lolita: Literary Writers on Sex and Sexuality

Please join us for a roundtable discussion, Beyond Lolita: literary Writers on Sex and Sexulaity. The proceeds benefit PEN America Center and its Writer Emergency Fund. Joining us will ve: Robin Rinaldi, Wendy C. Ortiz, J. Ryan Stradal, and Julia Fierro. Moderated by Anna March, these events will be taking place in Boston, Brooklyn, Manhatten, Chicago, Los Angeles and Portland in upcoming November and January, and feature many other authors around the country.

Check site for further details.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/beyond-lolita-literary-writers-sex-and-sexuality

Rick Moody at the Skirball

Acclaimed author Rick Moody discusses his darkly comic novel about hotel reviewer Reginald Edward Morse, in his latest book “Hotels of North America.” He offers a snapshot of the current tech-obsessed, digital world—overly connected, but personally disconnected—reminding us that we too want proof home exists, and we are not alone in this world.

Free with reservations.

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Website: https://www.skirball.org/programs/readings-and-talks/rick-moody-hotels-north-america

Derek Haas at Chevalier’s

Derek Haas will be reading and signing his new book, “A Different Lie” part of the Silver Bear Thriller series.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www. http://chevaliersbooks.com/events/

The Free and Natural Poetry Faire

Join the Free & Natural Poetry Faire is a gala of poetry, art, and arcana taking place in Los Angeles on November 20th and 21st, 2015. It is our belief that poetry itself is by its nature transdisciplinary, and, to that end, the Faire will create a collaborative and unrestrained space where poetry will coexist for two days with many other art and knowledge forms. The Faire will be held at the gallery Commonwealth & Council in LA’s Koreatown (3006 W 7th St. #220), and will be followed by an after party at a to-be-announced location on Saturday the 21st. True to its name, the Free & Natural Poetry Faire is free and open to the public. This will be the first of a series of Free & Natural Poetry events.

Check site for details.

Where: Commonwealth & Council

Time: 7 pm

Date: Friday the 20th

Address: 3006 W. 7th St. #220, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar/2015-11-16/34.02112,-118.39647_20

Veronica Reyes reading at Social Justice Summit at Fullerton College  

The Fullerton College Ethnic Studies Department, Latina Leadership Network and the Student Transfer Opportunity Mentorship Program sponsors Social Justice Summit 2015, a one-day, free event bringing together students, scholars, organizers, activists, artists and community members to explore social justice issues.

Where: Fullerton College

Date: Friday the 20th

Time: All day

Address: 321 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

Website: http://www. http://redhen.org/events/ or http://www.fcstomp.org/summitinformation

Poet Laureates de Califas: SF v LA

Welcome two Poets Laureates: Luis J. Rodriguez, for the City of Los Angeles, and Alejandro Murguia, for the City of San Francisco. They will be joined by Iris de Anda, Karineh Mahdessian, Emily Fernandez, Nadire Luna and Sophia Rivera of El Sereno’s LAS LUNAS LOCAS.

Early arrival is suggested.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.avenue50studio.org

Illeana Douglas at Book Soup

Award winning actress Illeana Douglass reads and discusses her memoir, “I Blame Dennis Hopper” about learning to survive in Hollywood while staying true to her quirky vision of the world. In 1969 the author’s parents saw the film “Easy Rider” and decided to change their lives, and their daughter began to think of her life as a movie.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/illeana-douglas-discusses-and-signs-i-blame-dennis-hopper-and-other-stories-life-lived-and-out

The Lummox at Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Poetry readings by R.D. Armstrong’s LUMMOX 4 Poets & Kingfisher’s Spectrum Poets and Open Reading too!

Where: Santa Catalina Branch of Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday, the 21st

Time: 3 pm

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

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

Nebraska Girl Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

This monthly event in the Mike Kelley Gallery is hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Five minute limit, sign-ups start early.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 2 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Kids in the City at Last Bookstore

A multi-media story hour and free event held every Sunday inside the Last Bookstore during the 5th Street Farmers Market.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday, the 22nd

Time: 11 am – 12 pm

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

Website: http://www.lastbookstorela.com/events/kids-in-the-city-a-multimedia-story-hour-7/

Local Author Josh Stallings at BookshowLA

Josh Stallings “Young American” Reading and Launch Party. Josh Stallings is author of the three critically acclaimed Moses McGuire crime books. And the 2014 Anthony Award nominated memoir, All The Wild Children. He has been in no particular order, a film editor, taxi driver, criminal, father, husband, club bouncer, a trailer editor, a screen writer, a bad actor and a good friend. He lives in the city of his birth, Los Angeles with his wife Erika, two dogs and a cat. “Young American” is set in 1976 New Year’s Eve, San Francisco. A Firebird transports a crew of glitter kids away from the city. Forget the trunk full of cash and illegal firearms. Forget the disco heist and sea of felonies left in their wake. They are five friends happily rolling down thunder road with no horizon in sight.

Where: BookshowLA

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 5 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park, CA 90042

Website: http://bookshowla.com/events/upcoming/


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