Los Angeles Literature Events 1/18/16 – 1/24/16

23d76cc99b3873339de2eb368b930e67Listening Room Open Mic

Imagine an open mic where the people are there to listen. An open mic with a state of the art sound system. An open mic in an art gallery? Yes! All of this in Long Beach? Yes, again! Weekly Open Mic with Mixed Acts, hosted by Geo.

Where: Gina M Woodruff Gallery

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm; Sign-ups begin at 6:45 pm.

Address: 5555 E. Stearns St. #203, Long Beach, CA 90806

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

Kevin Hazzard at Book Soup

Join Kevin Hazzard as he discusses and signs “A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back.”

In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt something was missing from his life. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, signed up for emergency medical training, and as a newly minted EMT began running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. This is an absorbing read about one man’s journey of self-discovery, a trip that also teaches us about ourselves. (Scribner Book Company)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday, the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/kevin-hazzard-discusses-and-signs-thousand-naked-strangers-paramedic%E2%80%99s-wild-ride-edge-and-back

CHILDREN’S EVENT: Bad Kitty Celebration & Book Signing

Come meet and hear author and illustrator Nick Bruel talk about how he creates the “Bad Kitty” books for children ages 4-10, to celebrate his latest offering: “Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet.” He will be doing a school presentation earlier in the day, and advance orders for autographed books also are welcome, by phone or at website, until the day before the signing.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 10580 ½ Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Website:  http://www.childrensbookworld.com/Calendar/calendar.htm   

THE RwirGiHtTe READ at Stories LA

Enjoy an evening to ring in the New Year with this event curated by Peggy Dobreer. We will be welcoming and introducing Master Teacher and Poet Esther Cohen, from New York, who is the author of five books and works with Bread and Roses, and the ladies form GOOD STORIES AROHO2015.

There will be a four-minute-limit open reading. Food and sign-ups at 6:30 pm. Readings begin at 7 pm. Stories closes at 9 pm.

Special Guest: William Hawkins, will bring the music!

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm

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

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

Jon Wilkman at Vroman’s Bookstore

Jon Wilkerman discusses and signs “Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th-Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles.” (Bloomsbury)

Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam, a twelve-story-high concrete structure fifty miles north of Los Angeles, collapsed, releasing a flood that roared fifty-three miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying everything in its path. Wilkman researches the deluge that claimed nearly five hundred lives, the role of William Mulholland in the dam’s design and construction, and the neglected and failing infrastructure involved in this tragedy.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www..vromansbookstore.com/event/jon-wilkman-discusses-and-signs-floodpath-deadliest-man-made-disaster-20th-century-america-and

Montana Branch Book Group

Montana Branch Book Group meets to discuss “The Goldinch” by Donna Tartt. Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, thirteen-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.

Where: Montana Branch SMPL

Date: Wednesday the 20th                                                                                

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 1704 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=19187

Larissa MacFarquhar at Hammer Museum

Some Favorite Writers reading series presents Larissa Mac Farquhar, reading and in conversation with author and UCLA professor, Mona Simpson, who hosts the series.

How far would you go to do unto others? In her new book, New Yorker writer MacFarqhar tells the stories of those who, sometimes bravely, sometimes recklessly, jump in where others might not. She also explores why such extreme do-gooders elicit uneasy, even hostile feelings.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/01/some-favorite-writers-larissa-macfarquhar/

Steve Hodel at Santa Monica Library

Author and former LAPD detective Steve Hodel presents his most recent investigation and decryption of the 1970 Zodiac Killer Cipher, “Most Evil II.”

A book sale and signing follows.

Where: Main Branch SMPL

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=19224

Vagabond Press at Beyond Baroque

Vagabond Press hosts a publication reading with special guest poets Luis J. Rodriguez, Matt Sedillo, Jeffery Martin, Iris De Anda, Chris Devcich, Antonieta Villamil, David Romero, and many more. Special musical guests included.

Hosted by Mark Lipman. Regular Admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Janice K. Lee at Vroman’s

Janice K. Kee discusses and signs “The Expatriots.” Following her debut hit, “The Piano Teacher,” Lee explores the emotions, identities, and relationships of three very different American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong. Atmospheric, moving, and utterly compelling, this novel confirms Lee as a keen observer of women’s inner lives.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ruth-wariner-discusses-and-signs-sound-gravel-memoir 

Altar Collective Presents KALLIOPE SESSIONS

Join us for an evening of sophisticated debauchery by indulging in some poetry and photography. FREE EVENT PARKING across Hewitt Street, in the lot up the ramp.

Line Up includes:

Derrick Brown is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing, which has launched over 112 books of poetry. He is the author of five books of poetry and three children’s books.

Jeremy Radon was born in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, where he began performing in musicals at thirteen years old because he had a lot of energy and Ritalin wasn’t working. He is also a poet and toured the U.S. with his debut book Slow Dance with Sasquatch where you may have caught a glimpse of him sitting in a restaurant, aggressively eating pancakes by himself.

Buddy Wakefield is a three-time world spoken word artist. Born in Shreveport, LA, largely raised in Baytown, TX, having spent most of his career based in Seattle, WA, now claiming Los Angeles, CA as home, Buddy has been a busker in Amsterdam, a lumberjack in Norway, a street vendor in Spain, a team leader in Singapore, a re-delivery boy, a candy maker, a street sweeper, a bartender, a maid, a construction worker, a bull rider, an incredibly slow triathlete and a facilitator at Quantum Learning Network.

Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. Pulling inspiration from his Black and Iranian heritage, his childhood memories, his worldview, love, and existence, Anis takes seemingly commonplace subject matter and sculpts inspiration from them. Anis is also the author of three poetry collections.

Maya Alexandra Stewart believes that when you’re having a shitty day, you can sit in your chair with chocolate wafers and some P.G. Wodehouse and feel a little better. She believe that sometimes the only way you can get by when you’re a kid in a small town where nobody sees things the way you do, is by being transported through words to a place you feel is more suited for you.

Photography by JACKSONXJOSHUA who are two individuals with two distinctly different
perspectives on life, despite possessing identical DNA.

See site for details. Short reception will follow performances.

Where: Art Share L.A.

Time: 8 pm -11 pm

Date: Friday the 22nd

Address:  801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Poetry events held every Saturday …afternoon. Usually, on at least two Saturdays a month, the Emerging Urban Poets hold poetry writing workshops and poetry critique workshops respectively. But this Saturday join them to hear featured authors:

Marsha De La O, with her new book “Antidote for Night” (BOA Editions Limited 2015), this Ventura poet is published in numerous anthologies and journals;

Sandra Irwin, of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly

Kim Soo-Bok, of Words without Borders, an online magazine for international literature; plus

Open Reading to follow featured readers. We meet every Saturday in the back room of this branch library, and offer a variety of workshops, readings and open mic events.

Hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell who is also the publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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


Lummox Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for the latest installment of the Lummox Journal, an annual L.A. based poetry journal. Hosted by RAINDOG. Regular Admission

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday, the 23rd

Time: 4 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Open Mic at Beyond Baroque

Join the fourth Sunday of the month Nebraska Girl Open Reading, hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

Suggested donation $5.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Tribute to Justin Chin at Skylight Books

Justin Chin, an award-winning San Francisco poet whose work was celebrated for its bold unconventionality, mixing humor with potent political and personal themes, died at age 46 on December 24th, following a stroke. Friends of and writers influenced by his work will gather to read works by, for and about him. Readers include: Ali Liebegott, Beth Pickens, Tara Jepson, Michelle Tea, Myrium Gurba, Ryka Aoki de la Cruz, Trebor Healy, Raquel Gutierrez and Clint Catalyst.

See site for details.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Sunday, the 24th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/hearts-blackmarket-tribute-justin-chin



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