Los Angeles Literature Events 2/15/16 – 2/21/16

613bnEcJUxL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Maylis De Kerangal at Book Soup

Join author Maylis Kerangal, to hear her discuss and sign The Heart, in conversation with Beatrice Mousli, professor of French & Francophone Literatures at USC. Translation provided by Lucille Toth, a teacher of French at Scripps College.

The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding a fatal accident and a resulting heart transplant as life is taken from a young man and given to a young woman close to death. Kerangal’s The Heart has mesmerized readers in France, where it has been hailed a breakthrough work of a new literary star. (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday, the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www..booksoup.com/event/maylis-de-kerangal-presents-and-signs-heart

PEN Center presents Alexander Chee and Noel Alumit 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.

Each event will include a brief reading, conversation, and a Q&A session with the audience.

Alexander Chee’s work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, and NPR, among others. He won a Whiting Award for his first novel, Edinburgh, and is a recipient of the NEA Fellowship in Fiction. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming in 2016. He is a contributing editor to The New Republic, and lives in New York City.

Noel Amulit was born in Baguio City, The Philippines, and grew up in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. He earned a BFA from USC and is working towards his Masters in Divinity at the University of the West. He received many awards for his first novel, Letters to Montgomery Clift, and his second novel, Talking to the Moon was a Los Angeles Times best-seller.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/ or https://penusa.org/author-evenings


Jessica Chiarella at Skylight Books

Jessica Chiarella reads from her debut novel And Again, with Karolina Waclawiak. Chiarella’s inventive novel follows four present day terminally ill patients who are granted the opportunity to abandon their diseased bodies and adopt healthy replicas through a revolutionary pilot program: “SUBlife.” Told in alternating perspectives, the novel deftly combines realist and speculative fiction to explore what it means to start life afresh, and how much of our identities rest not just in our minds, but in our hearts and bodies.

Jessica Chiarella has a master’s degree in writing and publishing from DePaul University, and is currently a student in the UC Riverside Creative Writing MFA Program.

Karollina Waclawiak received her BFA in Screenwriting from USC and her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Her first novel, How to Get Into the Twin Palms, was published in 2012.

Where: Skylight Books

Dates: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jessica-chiarella-reads-her-debut-novel-and-again-karolina-waclawiak     

Tribute to Scott Wannberg at Stories LA

Peggy Dobreer presents a tribute to the legendary Scott Wannberg, featuring his book Tomorrow Is Another Song.

Join us as S.A. Griffin, Lorraine Perotta, Carlye Archibeque, and Brendan Constantine read to us from Scott Wannberg’s work.

The usual open mic reading will take place, with sign-ups at 6:30 pm.

Where: Stories LA

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Elana Azose at Children’s Book World

Join local author Elana Azose for a book launch and signing of her new nature book, Never Insult a Killer Zucchini (co-authored by Brandon Amancio), for Ages 7 and up.

Available for signing.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 6 pm

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

Website:  http://www.childrensbookworld.com

Emily Kendall Frey at Otis Visiting Writers Series

Emily Kendall Frey is the author of the poetry collections The Grief Performance, selected for the Cleveland State Poetry Center’s 2010 First Book Prize, as well as the chapbooks Frances, the New Planet, and Airport. Frey’s poetry has appeared in the journals Octopus and the Oregonian. She lives in Portland.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website: http://www.otis.edu/calendar/visiting-writers-series-emily-kendal-frey

Doreen Cronin at Children’s Book World

Join us for the delightful Doreen Cronin and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Small’s new book Bloom, a picture book about how an extraordinary “ordinary” girl can save a kingdom with the help of a mud fairy. (Ages 4-10)

Available for signing, as well as many other books listed at store’s website.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Thursday the 18th                                                                                 

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Noir Myth of Los Angeles, Walter Mosley & Others at USC

Join us for a conversation about crime writing, crime solving, and the noir myth of Los Angeles with novelist Walter Mosley; Castle creator Andrew Marlowe; law professor Heidi Rummel; and retired LAPD detective Glynn Martin. USC professor Howard Rodman will moderate.

Admission is free. Reservations required.

Where: University of Southern California, Doheny Library 240

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 4 pm

Address: University Park Campus, USC, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Website:  http://www.usc.edu/calendar/event/916678

Author Kim MacQuarrie at Book Soup

Kim MacQuarrie discusses and signs Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries. This book takes us on a historical journey through the world’s longest mountain chain, bringing fresh insight and contemporary connections to such fabled characters as Charles Darwin, Pablo Escobar, Che Guevara, and many others. MacQuarrie’s book shows us this land as no one has before.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/kim-macquarrie-discusses-and-signs-life-and-death-andes-trail-bandits-heroes-and

Erin Aubrey Kaplan at Flintridge Books

Erin Aubrey Kaplan discusses and signs I Heart Obama. Erin Aubrey Kaplan is a Los Angeles journalist and columnist and has written about African-American political, economic and cultural issues since 1992. She is currently a contributing editor to the op-ed section of the Los Angeles Times, and is a regular contributor for many publications, as well as a regular columnist for make/shift, a quarterly, cutting-edge feminist magazine that launched in 2007.

Where: Flintridge Books

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, CA 91011

Website: http://www.flintridgebooks.com/     

Voices from the Margins Series at Beyond Baroque

This event is sponsored by the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. and by Poets & Writers, and presents a panel at 5 pm, followed by a series of readings at 8 pm.

Panel on the Prison System: features inmates who have found their lives changes by language and survived incarceration and recidivism They are joined by poets and writers who have brought them the word behind bars. With Rafael Alvarado, Remiro Rodriguez, and Steve Goldman.

Voices from the Margins: Readings feature Luis J. Rodriguez, Ramiro Roriguez, and Rafael Alvarado.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 5 pm and 8 pm; check site

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA  90291

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

Mollie Gregory at Book Soup

Mollie Gregory discusses and signs Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story. Featuring sixty-five interviews, this book showcases the absorbing stories and uncommon courage of women who make their living planning and performing action-packed sequences that keep viewers’ hearts racing. (University Press of Kentucky)

Where: Book Soup

Time: 7 pm

Date: Friday the 19th

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

Website: http://booksoup.com/event/mollie-gregory-discusses-and-signs-stuntwomen-untold-hollywood-story

Vermin on the Mount

Join us for a night of irreverent readings with Siel Ju, Scot Sothern, Kevin Moffett, Josh Stallings, Rebecca Gonzales and your host Jim Ruland. Come for the filth, stay for the raffle. Books will be available for purchase. Poster art by Keith Rosson.

Co-sponsored by Razorcake Fanzine, and based in Highland Park, CA since 2001.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042


San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival

The fourth annual San Gabriel Valley Lit. Festival is here. This is a free event featuring public readings by writers from across the United States. The festival is a two day event packed with authors of poetry and prose. Stay all day to hear non-stop literary goodness!

Saturday Schedule–The dA Center Main Stage
12:00 Don Kingfishsher Campbell
12:15 Claire Koehler
12:30 Inlandia Presents…
1:30 Kevin Ridgeway
1:45 30 days until done…
3:00 The Ugly Mug Presents…
4:15 Cadence Collective Presents…
5:45 The LB Poetry Festival Presents…
7:00 Brandon Williams
7:30 Marsha De La O
8:00 Phil Taggart
8:30 Douglas Kearneyc
9:00PM End of Saturday Program

Sunday Schedule–The dA Center Main Stage
12:00 The Chaffey Review Presents…
1:00 David Falkinburg
1:15 Bruce Williams
1:45 Lloyd Aquino & The Ambiguously Great Writer’s Group
3:00 The East Jasmine Review Revue
4:15 A Mic & Dim Lights
5:45 Matt Sedillo
6:00 Daniel Olivas
6:30 Stephanie Barbe Hammer
7:00 Kate Durbin
7:30 Marianno Zarro
8:00 End of Sunday Program

Where: The dA Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 20th ; Sunday the 21st

Time: 12 pm – 9 pm; 12 pm – 8 pm

Address: 252 S Main St., Pomona, CA 91766

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/926012600819864/ 

Sadie Girl Press at the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival

Join Sadie Girl Press at the The 4th Annual San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival. Each day of the festival is packed with authors of powerful poetry and prose. Sadie Girl Press has been given a full slot to showcase some of our talented poets; Terry Ann Wright, Raquel Reyes-Lopez, Larry Duncan, and myself, Sarah Thursday. They’ll be joined by special guests, BobKat, who’ll be backing there readings with acoustic music. Stay all day to hear powerful literature!

Where: The dA Center for the Arts

Date: Festival: Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st; Sadie Girl Event: Saturday, February 20

Time: Festival: 12 pm – 9 pm and 12 pm – 8 pm; Sadie Girl Event: 4 PM – 5:15 PM

Address: 252 S Main St., Pomona, CA 91766

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/544658449040309/

Join them on Saturday, February 20th, from 4 to 5:15 pm at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona.

Two Authors at Children’s Book World–Children’s Event

Please join us for two authors’ appearances on the same day, but at different times.

First, a storytime and book signing with Bethanie Deeney Murguia at 10:30 am, when she will share her delightful new book Cockatoo, Too for children ages 3-7.

Later, a launch party and book signing with local author Cylin Busby at 2:30 pm, when she will celebrate publication of her adventure-filled middle school novel, The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday, the 20th

Time: 10:30 am and 2:30 pm

Address: 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

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

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Saturday Afternoon Poetry meets EVERY Saturday in the back room of the Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library. This week features readings by poets published in SPECTRUM 3: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Rough Magick Anthology Reading

Please join acclaimed and award-winning author Francesca Lia Block and a group of her favorite writers for a readings from the Rough Magick anthology, edited by Francesca Lia Block and Jessa Marie Mendez. Hear Amanda Yates Garcia, the Oracle of Los Angeles, Laura Lee Bahr (Haunt), Mary Pauline Lowry (Wildfire), Tracy DeBrincat (Hollywood Buckaroo), Sarah Herrington, Logan Brendt and Manuel Chavarria read their haunting stories about the darker side of love.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

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

UC Irvine MFA Reading Series at Vroman’s

The UC Irvine MFA Reading Series is a program that provides current graduate students in fiction and poetry the opportunity to showcase their work to an audience of their peers and the greater community of Southern California. The reading will feature pieces by poets Grant Quackenbush and Hilary Clark, and fiction writers George Cunningham and Jaime La Linde.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 20th  

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/uc-irvine-mfa

Tongue & Groove

This monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word and music is produced by Conrad Romo.

This month features: Bruce Bauman, Dr. Soma Stanford, Brian Evenson, Victoria  Looseleaf, Maryam Henein.

Musical guest TBD.

Admission $7.

Where: The Hotel Cafe

Date: Sunday, the 21st

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 1623 ½ No. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar

LAPL Lecture Series: Water Issues in LA, 1880-2015

Anna Sklar, author of Brown Acres, discusses the history of Los Angeles’ complex relationship with water. As part of the Marie Northrup Lecture series, Sklar discusses how water always has been an issue in LA, and focuses on the period 1880 to the present.

 No reservation necessary.

Where: Downtown Central Library – LAPL, Mark Taper Auditorium

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

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


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