Los Angeles Literature Events 2/1/16 – 2/7/16

512Yus9fJ7LMisha Glenny at Chevalier’s

Join author and journalist Misha Glenny, in collaboration with the LA Review of Books, to hear him discuss and sign “.” This is the story of an ordinary man who became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel and perhaps Brazil’s most wanted criminal. Spanning rain forests and high security prisons, filthy slums and glittering shopping malls, this is also the story of how change came to Brazil.

Misha Glenny is an award winning author, and as a BBC Central Europe correspondent he covered the fall of Communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He lives in London.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Monday, the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/

Speakeasy Open Mic

Our monthly Open Mic offered on the first Monday of the month, and it’s happening! Starts at 8 pm. Sign up at 7:45. Come early to get a good spot in line!

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 7:45 – 10:45 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/#events


39th Annual Writers Week at UCR

Join the 39th Annual Writers Week, the longest-running free literary event in California. US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will be among the long list of authors participating, and will be featured on the first day, Tuesday, February 2nd.

Cory Doctorow is the opening keynote speaker on Tuesday, February 2nd and Walter Mosley the closing keynote speaker on Wednesday, February 3rd.  The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to John Rechy on the evening of Thursday, February 4th.

Please consult the lengthy schedule and list of authors participating, as well as the numerous co-sponsors of this wonderful event!

Information: (951) 827-3245, performingarts@ucr.edu or www.creativewriting.ucr.edu

Where: University of California, Riverside, CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, South – Screening Room, INTS 1128

Dates: Tuesday the 2nd through Thursday the 4th

Time: Times vary; check schedule

Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521

Website:  http://www.writersweek.ucr.edu/schedule   

Black History Matters: Keynote Speaker Dr. Josh Sides

Dr. Josh Sides is Professor of History and author of L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present.

In his talk, Dr. Sides will explain how South Central Los Angeles became the center of black Los Angeles during much of the twentieth century, and how the recent Latin Americanization of South Central portends even great regional demographic shifts.

Where: Cal State University Northridge’s Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

Website: http://www.csun.edu/calendar/library/events/black-history-matters-keynote-speaker-dr-josh-sides

Jim Krusoe at Vroman’s

Jim Krusoe discusses and signs “The Sleep Garden.” (Paperback)

In an underground apartment building called the Burrow, purgatory twilight souls inhabit the space between life and death. Interwoven with their stories are those of inhabitants of the living world. Through all of their stories, and the ways in which their lives intertwine, Krusoe creates a poignant story about what constitutes a life, what remains when we die, and what we might carry with us to the next world. (Tin House Books)

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/Jim-Krusoe-Feb-2016

Requiem for Sandra Bland at Art Share

The second installment of the Requiem for Sandra Bland series at Art Share L.A. features:

Invocation & Reflections by: F. Douglas Brown and Mike “the Poet” Sonksen.

Featured readers: Dexter Booth , Jessica Ceballos, Chiwan Choi (founder of L.A. based Writ Large Press), Jen Hoffer, Elisabeth Houston, Tonya  Ingram, Ashaki Jackson, Kima Jones, Rachel Kaminer, Douglas Kearney, Lynn Thompson, Aaron Samuels, Nancy Woo.

Musical Meditations provided by: Malik Moore, Peter Woods.

$5 at the door

FREE PARKING across Hewitt St in the lot up the ramp.

Where: Art Share L.A

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

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

Website:  http://www..pw.org/calendar

Darryl Pinckney at Chevalier’s

In collaboration with the L.A. Review of Books, Chevalier’s hosts Darryl Pinckney for a reading and discussion of his new book “Black Deutschland.” An intoxicating, provocative novel of appetite, identity, and self-construction, this novel tells the story of an outsider, trapped between a painful past and a tenebrous future in Europe’s brightest and darkest city.

Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to the New York Review of Books, is the author of “High Cotton,” a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and two works of nonfiction. He lives in New York.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Maile Meloy at Otis

The Graduate Writing Program Reading Series presents Maile Meloy, the author of the novels “Liars and Saints” and “A Family Daughter,” and the story collections “Half in Love” and “Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It,” which in 2009 was named one of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review. Her book for young readers, “The Apothecary,” won the 2012 E.B. White Award. Her stories have been published in many prestigious literary journals and she has won many awards for excellence. She lives in Los Angeles.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design, Ahmanson Hall Forum

Date: Wednesday the 3rd                                                                                

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.otis.edu/calendar/otis-books-reading-maile-meloy

A Mic And Dim Lights

The warm vibrations a this open mic make this a favorite of not only locals in Pomona, but poets from all across Southern California. DJ JB spins records between poets. Hip hop lives here, but the lineup also includes political poets, spoken word artists, and page poets. Besskepp is open to all, and he is also known for mentoring hundreds of teen poets from high schools across the San Gabriel Valley. $5 cover charge

When: 1st Thursday of each month

Date: 9:15 pm

Where: A Mic & Dim Lights

Address: 300 2nd St., in Pomona’s Art Colony

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Mic-And-Dim-Lights/134971316564113

Harry Potter Book Night – Children’s Event

CALLING ALL HARRY POTTER FANS! February 4th marks Harry Potter Book Night! It’s a worldwide celebration of the world of the most famous kid wizard of all time, and we’ll have games, crafts and more! Wizards and muggles alike invited! For more information, please call the library at (310) 834-1082. 

Where: Wilmington Branch Library

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 1300 N. Avalon Boulevard

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/harry-potter-book-night

Laila Lalami Reading at Cal Tech

Born and raised in Morocco, Laila Lalami is the award-winning author of numerous essays and books, including “Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits” (2005), “Secret Son” (2009), and “The Moor’s Account” (2014), a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Lalami’s work navigates past and present Arab worlds, exploring questions of belonging, displacement, history and identity. She is the recipient of numerous awards, and her work has appeared in many esteemed publications. She teaches creative writing at UC Riverside.

This event is free and open to the public.

Where: California Institute of Technology, Dabney Hall Lounge

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Address: 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125

Website:  http://www.hss.caltech.edu/content/james-michelin-seminar-laila-lalami-reading

The Poetry Lab

The Poetry Lab is a space for writers to write, read, workshop, and collaborate with other artists in their community in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by Danielle.

Where: WeLabs

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 235 E Broadway, 8th Floor, Long Beach, CA

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ThePoetryLab/timeline

Mark Weingarten and Nina Revoyr at Skylight

Mark Weingarten discusses his new book “Thirsty: William Mulholland, California Water and the Real Chinatown” (Rare Bird Books) with Nina Revoyr.

Where Marc Reisner’s seminal 1986 book “Cadillac Desert” starts, is where Mark Weingarten’s “Thirsty” continues. This is a gripping tale of Los Angeles’ epic battles for water, the larger-than-life characters that shaped a city’s destiny, and the man-made tragedy that killed four hundred and forever changed the way water would be harnessed and allocated.

Marc Weingarten is the author of “Station to Station” and “The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight; the author of two anthologies, and producer of two films. He lives in Malibu.

Nina Revoyr is the author of five novels, the recipient of numerous awards, and is most recently the author of “Lost Canyon,” She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/marc-weingarten-discusses-his-new-book-thirsty-nina-revoyr

Rod Norland at Vroman’s

Rod Norland discusses and signs “The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet, the true Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing.”

This is a real-life equivalent of “The Kite Runner” an astonishing, powerful, and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love, that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/rod-nordland-discusses-and-signs-lovers-afghanistans-romeo-and-juliet-true-story-how-they     

Library Adult Book Club

This month’s book club selection is “Lila” by Marilynne Robinson. New folks are always welcome to the discussion.

Where: Los Feliz Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 11 am

Address: 1874 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90027

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/los-feliz

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Ever thought about writing poetry? Are you interested in writing poetr about the urban world around you? Then come join Saturday Afternoon Poetry for their twice monthly poetry writing workshops and poetry critique workshops respectively.
Also, the 2nd Planning Meeting for the 2016 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival will take place.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Date: Saturday the 6th

Address: 999 E. Washington Blvd.

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

Animo Pat Brown Reading at Last Bookstore

As part of a PEN in the Community residency poet Brandon Jordan Brown spent the fall of 2015 working with students form Animo Pat Brown Charter High School. 32 students will read from their recently completed poetry anthology, featuring reflections on their community, and their hopes, fears and thoughts about the American Dream..

Where: The Last Bookstore

Time: 8 pm

Date: Saturday the 6th

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Janice Lee Hosts Poets at Poetic Research Bureau

Join us to hear Janice Lee host poetry readings at Poetic Research Bureau at The Public School. Featured poets include: Jason Snyder, Amina Cain and Harold Abramowitz.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 951 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Ron Brooks at Central Library

Please join us for an adult workshop on the art of the book, when the Art Department introduces Ron Brooks’ award-winning, illustrated children’s books from the collections of the Art and Children’s Literature Departments.

Where: Central Library, Meeting Room A, LAPL

Date: Saturday, the 6th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/central-library

Author Jeri Westerson at Vroman’s

Jeri Westerson discusses and signs “The Silence of Stones.” In London, 1388, the mythical Stone of Destiny disappears form the throne of England during mass in Westminster Abbey, and the populace takes it as a sign to side with King Richard II’s rebellious barons. After his army suffers a crushing defeat against a Scottish uprising, the king calls in Crispin Guest to find the missing stone. (Seven House Publishers)

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 6th  

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jeri-westerson-discusses-and-signs-silence-stones

First Sunday Open Reading

Our popular monthly open reading is hosted this month by Steve Goldman. Features this month TBD.

Sign-ups begin at 4:45 pm; five minute limit.

Suggested donation $5.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday, the 7th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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



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