Los Angeles Literature Events 2/29/16 – 3/6/16


Laila Lalami and Natashia Deon at Chevalier’s

This event is part of the Emerging Voices Author Evening Series to benefit PEN Center’s Freedom to Write Programs. Free to PEN Center USA members. Tickets available to the public.

Laila Lalami  is the author of the novels: Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist; and The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and was on the Man Booker Prize longlist.

Natsha Deon is a Los Angeles attorney, writer and law professor. Her debut novel Grace, is due out June 2016 with Counterpoint Press. Deon is the creator of the reading series Dirty Laundry Lit and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Prague’s Creative Writing Program among others, including the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship program.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Listening Room Open Mic

Weekly Open Mic with Mixed Acts, hosted by Geo. Sign-ups at 6:45 pm. Starts at 7 pm.

Where: Gina M Woodruff Gallery

Date: Monday, the 29th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 5555 E. Stearns St., #203, Long Beach, CA 90804

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

Bonnie McFarland at Skylight Books

Bonnie McFarland discusses her memoir You’re Better Than Me with Nikki Glaser. In the spirit of Mindy Kaling, Kelly Oxford, and Sarah Silverman, McFarland’s memoir is a compulsively readable outrageously funny story of growing up as a fish out of water, finding your voice, and embracing your inner crazy person.

Bonnie McFarland is a comedian, writer and host whose TV appearances include two seasons of Last Comic Standing, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, and an HBO comedy special. She wrote and directed the film Women Aren’t Funny, and co-hosts the podcast My Wife Hates Me with her husband, comedian Rich Vos.

Nikki Glaser is a comedian, writer, and host whose TV appearances include The Tonight Show, Conan, and Last Comic Standing. She was co-host of the MTV late night talk show, Nikki & Sara LIVE, as well as the podcast You Had To Be There. Her new show Not Safe with Nikki Glaser premieres on Comedy Central February 9th.

Where: Skylight Books

Dates: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/bonnie-mcfarlane-discusses-her-memoir-youre-better-me-nikki-glaser     

Aline Ohanesian at Vroman’s

Aline Ohanesian discusses and signs Orhan’s Inheritance. When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather Kemal is found dead, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But Kemal has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away. Intent on righting this wrong, Orhan unearths a story of the Armenian Genocide that, if told, has the power to undo the legacy upon which his family is built.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/aline-ohanesian-discusses-and-signs-orhan%E2%80%99s-inheritance

Dani Shapiro at Otis College of Art and Design

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of three memoirs, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion., and five novels, including Family History and Black & White. Her work has appeared in numerous literary publications, and she contributes regularly to the New York Times Book Review and Travel + Leisure. Shapiro has taught at Columbia and NYU, and is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives in Connecticut.

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

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Website:  http://www.otis.edu/calendar/visiting-writers-series-dani-shapiro

Erin Aubrey Kaplan at Eso Won

Erin Aubrey Kaplan discusses and signs the book I Heart Obama, in which, as a journalist, she offers an unapologetic appreciation of our highest-ranking “first” and what he means to black Americans. In nearly two terms Barack Obama has solidified his status as something black people haven’t had for fifty years: a folk hero. Kaplan explores the critiques of the black community, Obama’s impossible task as both an individual and as a president, and takes a look at his singular story so far.

Where: Eso Wan Books

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 4327 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/2016-03

Melanie Benjamin at Vroman’s

Join us to meet the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife, Melanie Benjamin, as she returns with a new novel, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, about New York’s Swans of the 1950s and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/melanie-benjamin-discusses-and-signs-swans-fifth-avenue

 Los  Angeles Review Translations Readings at Alias Books

Join Red Hen Press at a Los Angeles Review Translations reading at Alias Books in West Los Angeles. Featured are: Los Angeles poets Anthon Seidman, Catherine Theis, and Marci Vogel. Moderator is Piotr Florczyk.

Anthony Seidman has published poetry and translations in such journals as Nimrod, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Rattle, Pearl, and The Bitter Oleander, as well as in Mexico in La Jornada and Luvina. His most recent collection of poetry is Combustions.

Catherine Theis is the author of The Fraud of Good Sleep. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, and her chapbook, The June Cuckold, is published by Convulsive Editions. She lives in Santa Monica.

Marci Vogel is the author of At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody, winner of the 2015 Howling Bird Press Poetry Prize. Her poetry, translations and essays have appeared in numerous publications. She is a native of Los Angeles.

Piotr Florczyk is a poet, essayist, ad translator of six volumes of Polish poetry. He is a writer for the Los Angeles Review of Books and lives in Santa Monica.

Where: Alias Books

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1650 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Website: http://www.facebook.com/Alias-Books-119055328112099/

All Lit Up Monthly Series at Chevalier’s

This month’s edition of our literary series features and exciting lineup of four LA-based writers and musicians: Brendan Constantine, Alex Espinoza, Heather Porcaro and Rob Roberge.

Brendan Constantine’s work has appeared in many literary journals, and his most recent books are Birthday Girl With Possum (2001) and Calamity Joe (212). His new collection of poems, Dementia, My Darling, is due out this year from Red Hen Press. He lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in suburban Los Angeles. He’s the author of Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego Leon. His non-fiction and stories have appeared in many journals and venues and on NPR. He is visiting associate professor at Cal State LA and is working on his next novel.

Heather Pocaro is a recording artist, writer, director and actress. She released her debut album in 2011, produced and directed several notable music videos in 2014, and recently composed the score for the short film The Ravine.

Rob Roberge is the author of four books of fiction, most recently The Cost of Living (2013). Liar: A Memoir (2016) is his first work of non-ficiton. He is core faculty at UCR/Palm desert’s MFA in Writing Program, his work has been widely anthologized, and he plays guitar and sings with the LA band The Urinals.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/      

Brown Paper Press at Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present authors Tim Grobaty and Alan Rifkin in conversation about their latest books. Grobaty’s I’m Dyin’ Here: A Life in the Paper and Rifkin’s Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir are autobiographical books buttressed by first-person journalism. The authors will read excerpts of their work, and discuss where journalism is heading, the perils of personal nonfiction, and which one of them is the greater social agoraphobic.

Tim Grobaty is a long-time Long Beach Telegram writer and Long Beach native who was promoted to humor columnist. The title of his book means two things: he’ll likely die at the job he has spent four decade doing, and his profession is seeing its last days.

Alan Rifkin flings himself at the last vestiges of the Southern California Dream in a series of essays of his personal adventures. He has written for many publications and lectures and leads workshops in magazine writing, short story and creative nonfiction at numerous local colleges and universities.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Looking at the Oxford English Dictionary at the Hammer

National Book Award finalist James Gleick and UCSD professor of cognitive science Lera Boroditsky discuss the history and future potential of how knowledge systems such as the Oxford English Dictionary conform to or change the ways our brains function Moderated by Margaret Werteim.

This program is in conjunction with the Library Foundation of Los Angles and the Los Angles Public Library

Where: Hammer Museum

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/03/connecting-the-dots-making-meaning-of-the-world/

Willard School Poetry & Art Event at Vroman’s

Join us for an evening of poetry and art created by the students of Willard Elementary School.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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


Official LA ZINE Fest Pre-Fest Reading at Avenue 50 Studio

Please join us for the official pre-fest reading for the L.A. Zine Fest 2016. Enjoy readings from a selection of some of the many incredible exhibitors you will be able to see and support at this year’s fest.

$5 donation (includes one raffle ticket)

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Friday, the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.lazineweek.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/official-lazf-2016-pre-fest-reading/

EAT ART Open Mic at Book Show—Zine Week/Fest

That’s right! Since we fall on the same weekend as LA Zine Fest, we’re teaming up to take part in LA Zine Week! To amp up our usual game, we’ve got **FEATURED READERS** as well as some of our fave-a-lave DIY vendors!! Word nerds unite!!! Show off your sickest poem, zine, short story, spoken word—whatever your form of storytelling.

Sign-up from 8 to 8:30 pm. Performances limited to 5 minutes.

Hosted by EAT Art DIYs Sabrina Dropkick at Book Show and the Parlor of Wonders.

Where: Book Show

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park, CA 90042

Website: http://www.lazineweek.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/eat-art-open-mic/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/1707919266131419/

UC Irvine MFA Reading Series at Gatsby’s Books

Please join us to hear the UC Irvine MFA Creative Writing Program Reading Series in Poetry and Literary Fiction.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

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

Poetry in Motion at Beyond Baroque

Join Poetry in Motion: Mad Men, The Man Show. Since 1988, Eve Brandstein presents an eclectic array of writers form the literary and Hollywood communities.  

General admission.  Tickets available through EventBrite.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 5th  

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Zine Fest Signing at Skylight Books—Zine Week/Fest

In celebration of LA Zine week please join us for a special signing with the author of How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday, the 5th

Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/signing-author-how-talk-your-cat-about-gun-safety

Bookmaking for Zines and Artist Books at Book Show—Zine Week/Fest

Join book artist Rachel Curry for an evening of creative bookmaking techniques. Students will learn various forms of bookbinding that are best for making small editions of personal projects such as zines or artist books. Rachel will teach five forms of bookmaking, and participants will be encouraged to create content of their books by using collage, text and drawing. Materials will be included, as well as drinks and snacks!

Seating is limited. Reserve your spot!

Where: Book Show

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park, CA 90042

Website: http://www.lazineweek.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/bookmaking-for-zines-and-artist-books/

POR VIDA at Shadow Box Gallery—Zine Week/Fest

Originals Magazine is a much needed mass publication about the modern-day lowrider/cholo lifestyle worldwide. They will be celebrating the release of this publication with an art show.

Where: Shadow Box Gallery

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 7 pm – midnight

Address: 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90012

Website: https://lazineweek.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/por-vida/

L.A. Zine Fest 2016

Join us Sunday, as the 5th annual L.A. Zine Fest returns to its inaugural neighborhood, downtown L.A.—to celebrate self-publishing and DIY culture in the community. This year’s fest will feature over 200 ZINESTERS: writers, illustrators, commix creators, photographers and more, all selling, trading and sharing their work, all in one place, for one amazing day.

This event is free and open to the public.

Where: Majestic Downtown

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 11 am – 6 pm

Address: 650 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Website: http://www.http://lazinefest.com/tag/l-a-zine-week-2016/

Sunday Jump: Women’s History Month

We are celebrating Women’s History Month by featuring all women of color. We will have a special guest host, Jumakae; slam poet Jade Phoenix; writer, Tanzila Ahmed; singer/songwriter, Olivia Thai; and more.

All are welcome for the open mic, but priority will be given to those who identify as women of color. Sign-ups begin at 4:45 pm.

Where: Kapistahan Grill

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 1925 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, Ca. 90026

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1513776248926763/



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