Los Angeles Literature Events 12/14/15 – 12/20/15

Nic Kelman with “How to Pass as Human” at Book Soup510FNgHCUpL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

Join Nic Kelman as he discusses and signs “How to Pass as Human” which is an attempt on the part of the world’s first android to understand the irrational, unpredictable, eclectic creatures known as human beings. Written in the form of a field guide, complete with sketches, graphs, flowcharts, and other reference materials, Android Zero (aka “Zach”) has compiled a variety of useful information for future androids on how to pass undetected as human beings. Along the way, he also attempts to solve the mystery of his own creation with the help of Andrea, a human female who has taken an interest in him that may be more than friendly, and eventually leading him to “meet his maker” and discover the surprising purpose of his existence. (Dark Horse Books)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/nic-kelman-discusses-and-signs-how-pass-human

Page Turners Book Club in Tarzana

This book club is for adults and seniors and the reading selection for this month is “Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng.

Where: Encino-Tarzana Branch of LAPL

Date: Monday, the 14th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/encino-tarzana

Amber Tamblyn with Janet Fitch at Book Soup

Amber Tamblyn discusses and signs “Dark Sparkler” with special guest Janet Fitch.

The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy explored in a haunting, provocative new work by an acclaimed poet and actress.

Amber Tamblyn is both an award-winning film and television actress and an acclaimed poet. As such she is deeply fascinated and intimately familiar with the toll exacted from young women whose lives are offered in sacrifice as starlets. The stories of these actresses, both famous and obscure-tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death inspired this empathic and emotionally charged collection of new poetic work.  Featuring subjects from Marilyn Monroe and Frances Farmer to Dana Plato and Brittany Murphy and paired with original artwork commissioned for the book by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama Dark Sparkler is a surprising and provocative collection from a young artist of wide-ranging talent, culminating in an extended, confessional epilogue of astonishing candor and poetic command. (Harper Perennial)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/amber-tamblyn-discusses-and-signs-dark-sparkler-special-guest-janet-fitch

Some Favorite Writers: Akhil Sharma

Molly Crabapple and Laila Lalami at Last Bookstore

Join us for an evening with New York-based writer and artist Molly Crabapple,as she discusses her new memoir, “Drawing Blood, “ with Laila Lalami, author of “The Moor’s Account, “ which was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction  finalist in 2015.

Called “an emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery” by the New Republic, Crabapple has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi’s migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria. Here is a memoir that will change the way you think about art, sex, politics, and survival in our times.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/events/molly-crabapple-in-conversation-with-laila-lalami/

Author Janet Tashjian at Pacoima Branch Library

Janet Tashjian, the author of “Einstein the Hamster” series and “My Life as a Book” series, will be talking about her books and how she creates them. Come win one of Ms. Tashjian’s books.

Where: Pacoima Branch Library

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: l3605 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331

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

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at Chevalier’s

NBA  all-star and bestselling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be discussing his new book “Mycroft Holmes,” in a one-on-one conversation with Leslie Klinger, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Wednesday the 16th                                                                                

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com/

Authors at Benjamin Franklin Branch Library

Authors Mario J. Becerra and Victor Huesca will discuss and read from their newly published work, “Haunted East Los Angeles.”

“Haunted East Los Angeles” invites you to take a tour of the most haunted locations in our incredible town. The book includes chapters on Evergreen Cemetary, Stevenson Middle School, Casa Del Mexicano,  and Linda Vista Community Hospital. Tales of darkness, spirit children, Ouija boards, poltergeists, graveyard apparitions, death, and even love, fill the pages.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Branch Library

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 2200 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/branches/benjamin-franklin

“Under Milk Wood” at Beyond Baroque

Public Works’ Voices in the Well presents Dylan Thomas’s “Under Milk Wood” in which a narrator invites the audience to listen to the voices, dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of the fictional village of Llareggub.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Pico Branch Book Group

Pico Branch Book Group meets the third Thursday of every month, and discusses a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres. This group is open to all, and this week discusses “Mary Barton” by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Where: Pico Branch of Santa Monica Library

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Address: 2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90504

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=15879

Poetry Workshop at Westwood Branch Library

Join us for a free poetry workshop. Please bring at least one poem you have written with seven printed copies, and one poem you really like.

Where: Westwood Branch of LAPL

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90024

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

Fiction Showcase at Beyond Baroque

Writer and filmmaker Tim Kirk (Room 237, The Nightmare, and Director’s Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein) reads from his new book “Burnt” which follows three interwoven stories for nearly a century. It is imaginative, entertaining and full of twists and turns.

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

Where: Beyond Baroque

Time: 8 pm

Date: Friday the 18th

Address: 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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

American Stories Book Group

Join us for book discussions that illustrate the diversity of voices that make up the American experience. This month’s selections: “A Christmas Memory,” by Truman Capote and “The Loudest Voice,” by Grace Paley.

Where: Pico Branch of Santa Monica Public Library

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Address: 2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405


Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Join us to hear featured poets published in SPECTRUM 2: THE GIFT and for the 2016 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Calendar Email a poem under 30 lines in length including stanza breaks to kingfisher1031@harter.net by December 12th).

Open Reading included in today’s program.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Ocean Park Pulitzer Prize Book Group

A monthly book discussion group for books that have won the Pulitzer Prize, meets the third Saturday of every month. December’s title is: “The Stories of John Cheever” by John Cheever. No registration required.

Where: Ocean Park Branch of Santa Monica Library

Date: Saturday, the 19th

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 2601 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405


Shades of Afrika Open Mic

Weekly Open Mic with Poetry hosrted by impacc and Shy.

$5 cover includes light refreshments.

Where: Shades of Afrika

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1001 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90802

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

Ross Altman’s Salute to Phil Ochs at Beyond Baroque

A Small Circle of Friends celebrate Phil Ochs 75th birthday with guest artists singing and reading, and a visual display of Broadside Magazine and the Phil Ochs documentary “There But For Fortune.”

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday, the 20th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291



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