Los Angeles Literature Events 2/22/16 – 2/28/16

51tVfO007hL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Ethan Canin at Book Soup

Ethan Canin discusses and signs his new novel, A Doubter’s Almanac. Ethan Canin, the bestselling author of America America and The Palace Thief, here explores the nature of genius, rivalry, ambition, and love among multiple generations of a gifted family. A Doubter’s Almanac is the story of how the flame of genius both lights and scorches every generation it touches, and is a suspenseful and deeply moving novel spanning seven decades, as it moves from California to Princeton to the Midwest to New York. (Random House)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/ethan-canin-discusses-and-signs-doubter%E2%80%99s-almanac

Amy Shira Teitel at Vroman’s

Join author Amy Shira Teitel, to hear her discuss and sign Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA.

NASA’s history is a familiar story, but its prehistory is an important and rarely told tale. Breaking the Chains of Gravity looks at the evolving roots of America’s space program: the scientific advances, the personalities, the rivalries between the various arms of the United States military. (Bloomsbury SIGMA)

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday, the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/amy-shira-teitel-discusses-and-signs-breaking-chains-gravity-story-spaceflight-nasa

Some Favorite Writers at Hammer Museum

Hammer Readings presents two acclaimed writers who unfurl disparate tales of youth, in the Some Favorite Writers series presented by author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson.

The British Guyanese writer Fred D’Aguiar’s staggering 2014 novel about the lost children of the Jonestown massacre, Children of Paradise, shimmers with magical realism and reveals rarely reported facts behind an ignominious tragedy. Justin Torres’s novella We the Animals follows three multiethnic brothers from Brooklyn as they tear their way through their childhood in upstate New York.

Readings are followed by discussions with Simpson. A book signing will follow the reading. Complimentary coffee and tea are served.

Where: Hammer Museum

Dates: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/02/some-favorite-writers-fred-daguiar-justin-torres/     

The WOMEN group at Stories LA

32nd reading of the WOMEN group.

Where: Stories LA

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

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

CSULB MFA Creative Writing Series #1 at Gatsby’s

Join us for an evening of fiction and poetry at our CSULB MFA Reading Series, featuring first-year and second-year creative writing students: Lisa Ciarfella, Sarah Davis, Page Dinneny, Devin Falk, Ricardo Gonzalez, and Toren Wallace.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808

Website:  http://gatsbybooks.com/book-signings/

Author Theresa Rebeck at Book Soup

Theresa Rebeck discusses and reads from I’m Glad About You, a novel which is also a glittering study of how far the compromises two people make will take them from the lives they were meant to live.

Available for pre-order now.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/theresa-rebeck-discusses-and-signs-i%E2%80%99m-glad-about-you

Jarett Kobek and Matthew Specktor at Skylight Books

Join us as Jarett Kobek reads from his new novel I Hate the Internet, with Matthew Specktor, author of The American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound.

Set in the San Francisco of 2013, the novel I Hate the Internet offers a hilarious and obscene portrayal of life amongst the victims of the digital boom. As billions of tweets fuel the city’s gentrification and the human wreckage piles up, a group of friends suffers the consequences of being useless in a new world that despises the pointless and unprofitable.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 24th                                                                                 

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jarett-kobek-reads-his-new-novel-i-hate-internet-matthew-specktor

Release Party at Stories LA

Join us for a release party for Tanzila Ahmed and her poetry chapbook emdash & ellipses. She will appear with special guests.

Where: Stories LA Books & Cafe

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1717 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

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

 Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman at Flintridge Books

Join us to hear two young adult/children’s book authors: Neal Shusterman, who recently won the 2015 National book Award for his book, Challenger Deep, and Eric Elfman, author of Hawking’s Hallway, Book 3 of the Accelerati Trilogy.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehuse

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 1010 Flintridge Blvd., La Canada, CA 91011

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

Michael Datcher at SMC

Michael Datcher presents a reading on Americus: The Historical Novel in the Present Historical Moment. Michael Datcher is a Los Angeles-based award-winning poet, journalist and critic, who has written about African-American political, economic and cultural issues and is the director of literary programs at the World Stage Writers’ Workshop.

Where: Santa Monica College, HSS 165

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://smc.edu/NewsRoom/Lists/UpcomingEvents/calendar.aspx      

Emergency Brake Launch at Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is pleased to host a book release party for Ruth Madievsky’s debut poetry collection, Emergency Brake (Tavern Books 2016). She will be reading from her new book, along with award-winning poets David St John and Cecelia Woloch.

Refreshments will be served and a book signing will follow.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Aris Janigian at Skylight

Aris Janigian reads from his new novel Waiting for Lipchitz at Chateau Marmont. Set in two iconic locales—Hollywood’s legendary Chateau Marmont and luxurious Frenso’s Forestiere’s Underground Garden—Waiting for Lipchitz at Chateau Marmont is a bold and colorful critique of the California Dream through the perspective of a once-upon-a-time successful screenwriter. This is a new take on the absent protagonist and what’s inevitably illuminated by its void.

(Rare Bird)

Where: Skylight Books

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Thursday the 25th

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/aris-janigian-reads-his-new-novel-waiting-lipchitz-chateau-marmont

Francesca Lia Block and Carmen Staton at Vroman’s

Reading about fictional food can be agonizing, but worry no more Weetzie Bat fans! Carmen Staton brings award-winning Francesca Lia Block’s creative cuisine to life with the Fairies in the Kitchen cookbook. Drawn from the first five books of the Dangerous Angels series, Staton has worked her own magic in the kitchen to uncover the formulas for dishes such as Jah-Love Black Beans & Plantains, Coyote’s Cornmeal Cakes, and Dirk’s Chocolate Raspberry Birthday Cake.

This is must-have for anyone who loves the Weetzie Bat series, and is a great cookbook full of healthy, fun recipes.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/francesca-lia-block-and-carmen-staton-present-and-sign-fairies-kitchen-recipes-weetzie-bat

Open Mic at Tia Chucha’s

Please join us for our Open Mic of Music & Spoken Word. This is a welcoming, creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings and talents through various styles of expression. Participants sign up upon arrival. Donations are accepted.

Hosted by: Jeffery Martin.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday, the 26th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Octavia Butler Legacy Celebration

Join Clockshop for a night of celebration to kick off Radio Imagination. The evening will begin with a call-and-response Earthseed ritual by the Octavia E. Butler Legacy network, inspired by the religion Butler created in Parable of the Sower. Brief tributes to Butler will be presented by writers Tisa Bryant, Ashon Crawley, Robin Coste-Lewis, Rasheeda Phillips, and Yoko Akili Robinson, followed by music, food and drinks.

Where: Clockshop

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address: 2806 Clearwater St., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Website: http://clockshop.org/event/radio-imagination-launch-party

Book Launch at Gatsby’s Books

Please join author Dawn Anahid Mackeen to celebrate the launch of her book, One Hundred Year Walk. This is an epic tale of one man’s courage in the face of genocide and his granddaughter’s quest to tell his story. The Hundred Year Walk alternates between Stepan Miskjian’s saga in the heart of the Ottoman Empire as World War I rages, and another journey that takes place a century later, after his family discovers his long-lost journals. Mackeen is an award-winning investigative journalist who spent nearly a decade working on her grandfather’s story. Previously she was a staff writer at Salon, Newsday, and Smart Money.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/book-signings/

Fiction Showcase at Beyond Baroque

Join the Beyond Baroque Fiction Showcase: Innovative Fiction, hosted by Richard Modiano. Featured are: Julia Shiffrin, Tome Page, John O’Kane and Rip Rense.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 27th  

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

La Palabra at Avenue 50 Studio

This monthly offering of spoken word is celebrating 15 years at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park.

This month features: Peter Woods, Reynaldo Macias and October Blu.

We will celebrate with cake and an open mic!

Hosted by: Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday, the 28st

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http:/www.facebook.com/events/993028257410929/

Fourth Sundays Poetry at Claremont Library

The series Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library will host: Marsha de la O and B.H. Fairchild this month.

Marsha de la O was born and raised in Southern California,. She worked as a bilingual teacher for more than 25 years, holds a MFA from Vermont College, and lives in Ventura with her husband, poet Phil Taggert, where they edit and publish the journal AskewH. Fairchild is the author of six collections of poetry, including Art of the Lathe, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received many honors and awards for his work, and received three Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and the essay, and appeared twice in the Best American Poetry.

Where: Claremont Public Library

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 208 Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1526777214319212/

DSTLARTS Event: Conchas y Café Zine Release Party

Join us Sunday, from 2 pm – 4 pm, at the East La Library as we celebrate our latest Concha y Café Zine: Bread and Nails.

Featuring the artwork, poetry, and stories developed by our Conchas y Café program participants over the last nine weeks, we’ll be hosting the release party of Conchas y Café; Issue 2: Bread and Nails, with light snacks and refreshments after the reading and a brief Q&A.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP.

Where: East Los Angeles Library, LAPL – Community Room

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 4837 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90022

Website: http://www.DSTLArts.org  

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