Los Angeles Literature Events 2/8/16 – 2/14/16

24333090486_3f63c8f192_k.jpg width=.jpg width=PEN Center presents Charles Yu and Salvadore Plascencia at Chevalier’s

PEN Center USA continues to offer this year’s Emerging Voices Author Evening Series to the public at Chevalier’s, which will offer a 15% discount on the books discussed with a purchased ticket. PEN members are free, but must have a ticket to enter. Tickets for this event may be purchased/reserved at the door. For more information go to: https://penusa.org/author-evenings or check site for further details.

In preparation for the reading, conversation and Q&A session with the audience, we recommend you read: Sorry Please Thank You: Stories by Charles Yu, and The People of Paper by Salvadore Plascencia, and that you arrive ready to engage in discussion!

Charles Yu’s work has been published in The New York Times, Playboy, and Slate, among other periodicals. Yu lives in Los Angeles, and is currently writing for the upcoming HBO series Westworld.

Salvadore Plascencia was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and now lives in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Whittier College and holds an MFA from Syracuse University. The People of Paper is his first novel, and he was named one of the “Fifty Most Inspiring Living Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/

Ben Ratliff at Skylight Books

Join author Ben Ratliff, to hear him discuss and sign Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty, with Alex Ross. Ratliff has been writing about music for The New York Times since 1996, and has witnessed an utterly transformative revolution in the distribution and consumption of music in which many constraints on what consumers could access have largely disappeared. Every Song Ever is a music appreciation guide for the cloud era.

Ben Ratliff has been a jazz and pop critic for The New York Times since 1996. Every Song Ever is his fourth book, and his book Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (2007) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Bronx.

Alex Ross has been the music critic for The New Yorker since 1996, and is the author of the international bestseller The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, which was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Monday, the 8th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ben-ratliff-discusses-his-book-every-song-ever-alex-ross

Mary Norris at Hammer Museum

Join the Some Favorite Writers Reading Series as it presents Mary Norris, whose three decades as a “prose goddess” (translation: copy editor) at The New Yorker are at the forefront of her memoir and reflections on punctuation, spelling, and grammar, Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.

This series is organized by author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson. Readings are followed by discussions with Simpson.

Where: Hammer Museum

Dates: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/02/some-favorite-writers-mary-norris/    

John Mack Faragher at Vroman’s

John Mack Faragher discusses and signs Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles (W.W. Norton & Company), the story of the rise of Los Angeles from its origins as a small Mexican pueblo and the struggle to achieve justice amid the turmoil of a loosely governed frontier. This is L.A. noir in the act of becoming.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/john-mack-faragher-discusses-and-signs-eternity-street-violence-and-justice-frontier-los

Rob Roberge with David Ulin at Skylight

Rob Roberge discusses his book Liar: A Memoir with author David Ulin. Indie darling and novelist Roberge makes his major-house debut in an intense, darkly funny book of addiction and mental illness, relapse, recovery, and the nature of memory. Liar is the author’s desperate attempt to document his life when faced with the prospect of forgetting it after years of hard living and concussion-induced blackouts.

Rob Roberge is the author of four books of fiction, and his stories have been widely anthologized. He is a core faculty member at UCR/Palm Desert’s MFA program and has taught at several universities and at the UCLA Writer’s Program.

David Ulin is the author, most recently, of Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he spent ten years as book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/rob-roberge-discusses-his-book-liar-david-ulin

Patti Davis at Book Soup

Patti Davis discusses and signs The Earth Breaks in Colors, a powerful story of race and redemption. A racially fueled incident exposes the fissures that sit beneath the surface of friendship and families, triggering more damage than the earthquake that separates them.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/patti-davis-discusses-and-signs-earth-breaks-colors

SHOUT Open Mic

Join us for another amazing night of poetry, spoken word, storytelling, music and much more! Let’s make another night something to SHOUT about!

Where: Half-Off Books

Date: Wednesday the 10th                                                                                 

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 6708 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90601

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

Brian Evenson and Maggie Nelson at Skylight Books

Brian Evenson reads from his collection of stories, A Collapse of Horses, in conversation with Maggie Nelson. In these stories Evenson unsettles us with the everyday and the extraordinary, and the terror of living with all we cannot know.

Brian Evanson has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, and the winner of the International Horror Guild Award, among many other awards. He is the recipient of the NEA fellowship and three O. Henry Prizes, and lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University’s Literary Arts Program.

Maggie Nelson is the author of The Argonauts, as well as an American poet, art critic, lyric essayist and nonfiction author. She currently teaches in the Cal arts MFA writing program.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www..skylightbooks.com/event/brian-evenson-reads-his-collection-stories-collapse-horses-conversation-maggie-nelson

Michelle Adelman at Vroman’s

Michelle Adelman discusses and signs Piece of Mind, a novel about one young woman’s growth and development in her ability to live independently as a now-27 year old woman with a traumatic brain injury she suffered as a three-year old child. Lucy possesses a rare gift for drawing, has trouble relating to most people, and must now adapt to a new life without a safety net, but she discovers more strengths than she herself knew.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/michelle-adelman-discusses-and-signs-piece-mind

Deborah Bogen and Maurya Simon at Beyond Baroque

Two poets, Deborah Bogen and Maurya Simon, read and discuss their works.

Deborah Bogen moved from Southern California to Pittsburgh, PA in 2000. The author of three poetry books she returns to read from her new MS Prayer Flags.

Maurya Simon is the author of nine volumes of poetry, including Speaking in Tongues.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

LA Art Book Fair

The LA Art Book fair is free and open to the public.

Where: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Date: Friday the 12th through Sunday the 14th

Time: Times vary; check site

Address: 152 North Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90012

Website: http://laartbookfair.net/about/

Open Mic at Tía Chucha’s

Open Mic is a welcoming and creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings and talents through various styles of expression. It’s FREE and participants sign up upon arrival. Donations accepted.

Hosted by Jeffery Martin.

Where: Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Time: 8 pm

Date: Friday the 12th

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Unit A, Sylmar, CA 91342

Website: http://tiachucha.org/calendarevents/

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Saturday Afternoon Poetry is here for you! They meet EVERY Saturday in the backroom of the Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library. This Saturday is the Deep Poetry Critique Workshop (Bring 12 copies of your poem-in-process.)

Where: Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 E. Washington Blvd.

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Image Text Ithaca at Poetic Research Bureau

To celebrate the west coast launch of their first three books at the LA Art Book fair, Image Text Ithaca will present a reading by ITI fellows and faculty: Earl Gravy (Emma Kemp and Daniel Wroe), Anna Moschovakis, Nicholas Muellner and Susanna Zak.

Image Text Ithaca brings together an independent press, an MFA program and ongoing workshops and symposia at the intersection of writing and photography. ITI seeks to build an international community of writers, photographers, editors and publishers.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lalitscene.entropymag.org/

Book Release Party at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us for a book release party for Black Lavendar Milk by Angel Dominguez. Dominguez is a Latinx Los Angeles born writer and performance artist, with work published in the Berkeley Poetry Review, The Bombay Gin, as well as online, and forthcoming in FENCE. He was co-founding editor of Tract/Trace and presently curates Bodies/Pages. Black Lavendar Milk is his first book.

Also appearing:

Eric Sneathen is a poet and PhD student who splits his time between Santa Cruz and Oakland. He curates and assembles Macaroni Necklace, a DIY literary zine and reading series in the Bay Area. His book, Snail Poems is forthcoming from Krupskaya in 2016.

Anglea Ina Penaredondo is a poet and artist born in IIolio City, Philippines. She received her MFA from UC Riverside, and her work has appeared in numerous publications. She is a VONA/Voices of Our Nations Art fellow, and has a chapbook titled Maroon (Jamil Publishing). Her first full length collection, All Things Lose Thousands of Times will be released this year.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday, the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://lalitscene.entropymag.org/

The History of Black Poetry in Los Angeles

Poetry in Los Angeles is multilingual and multicultural. Join us as we celebrate the great Black poets of Los Angeles. Curated by Pam Ward and Will Alexander.

Regular Admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 13th  

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Soap Box Open Reading

This popular monthly open reading is hosted by Jessica Wilson.

Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm; seven-minute limit.

Suggested donation $5.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday, the 14th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Uptown Word Reading Series

Uptown Word is a monthly literary and artistic event supporting and engaging the Long Beach community, and is hosted and curated by liz gonzalez, who is also a poetry, fiction and memoir writer who lives in Uptown/North Long Beach.

Featured this month:

Boris Salvadore Ingles at his core bleeds Los Angeles. Born and raised in Boyle Heights, he finds beauty and soul in every facet of life. He combines poetry and photography as a means for visual and emotional expression.

Karineh Mahdessian, a community social worker, is interested in people and art. She hosts La Palabra Reading Series at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park and co-facilitates Las Lunas Locas, a womyn’s writing collective.

Sarah Thursday is a poet from Long Beach who runs the poetry website called CadenceCollective.net, co-hosts a monthly reading series with G. Murray Thomas, and founded Sadie Girl Press as a way to help publish local and emerging poets.

Open Mic follows the featured artists. Reception with light refreshments follows the open mic.

Where: North Neighborhood Library – LBPL

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 5571 Orange Ave., Long Beach, Ca 90805

Website: http://www.uptownword.lizgonzalez.com/pages/upcoming.html

 

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