Los Angeles Literature Events 3/7/16 – 3/13/16

61vhYrEBTuL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Pen Emerging Voices Author Evenings: Henri Cole and Amy Gerstler 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.

Henri Cole is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He has received many awards for his work, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and most recently a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. His ninth collection, Nothing to Declare, was published last spring. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College.

Amy Gerstler is a writer of poetry, nonfiction and journalism. Scattered at Sea, a book of her poems was published in June 2015, and longlisted for the National Book Award. She was 2010 guest editor of the yearly anthology Best American Poetry. Her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, and she has taught writing and/or visual art at numerous institutions. She currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at University of California at Irvine.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Monday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Sesshu Foster at Pomona College

The acclaimed novelist and poet, Sesschu Foster, reads from his work at Pomona’s Crookshank Hall. Foster is the current visiting Pomona College creative writing instructor.

Where: Ena Thompson Reading Room 108, Crookshank Hall

Date: Monday, the 7th

Time: 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: Pomona College, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont, CA  91711

Website: http://www.http://www.collegescalendar.org/popup.cfm?task=description&module=1&template=19&title=Events&imagefile=%20&imagewidth=0&imageheight=0&imagealt=%20&launchpage=index%2Ecfm&ID=258712

Tribal Café Open Mic

First Mondays Open Mic in Historic Filipino Town. You got a voice. We got a platform. Music, spoken words, comedy, multi-media, all welcome. Seven days a week; five open mics from Sunday through Thursday; afternoon open mics on Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Tribal Café in Historic Filipino Town

Dates: Monday the 7th

Time: 7 pm – 10:30 pm

Address: 1651 w. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website:  http://www.tribalcafe.com/site/tribal-events-4/open-mic-night/      

Charles Wright at Eso Wan Books

Charles Wright will discuss and sign Up From Where We’ve Come, a thoughtful, humbling account of the insane system of white supremacy (sharecropping in this case) as seen through the eyes of a young black male child. The Wright family—mother, father and eleven children—desperately try to eek out an existence one day at a time from a system that denies them at every step.

Where: Eso Wan Books

Date: Tuesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 4327 Degnan Blvd., Pasadena, CA 90008

Website: http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/charles-wright-booksigning-where-weve-come

CASA VERDUGO LIBRARY – BOOKED SOLID: Adult Book Club

Come join other literary lovers as the Booked Solid book club discusses this month “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.

Where: Casa Verdugo  branch of the Glendale library.

Date: Tuesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1151 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California 91202

Website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/10978/125

Edan Lepucki at Otis College of Art and Design

Edan Lepucki’s first novel California debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. She is also the author of the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and the founder and co-director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. She currently lives in the Bay Area.

Seating is limited.

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

Date: Wednesday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Website:  http://www.otis.edu/calendar/visiting-writers-series-edan-lepucki

CSULB MFA Readers #2 at Gatsby’s

LIVE Poetry and Short Stories from CSULB’s brightest and best students, are presented in the CSULB MFA Creative Writing Series #2.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Wednesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

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

Suspense Authors at Vroman’s

Join us to meet: the New York Times bestselling author of Spellman Files series, Lis Lutz, as she returns with a new novel, The Passenger, about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past; and USA Bestselling author of the Brenna Spector series, Alison Gaylin, returning with What Remains of Me, a spellbinding novel of psychological suspense, set in Hollywood, that is a dark tale of revenge and betrayal.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/lisa-lutz-alison-gaylin-discuss-and-sign-passenger-what-remains-me

 Francesca Lia Block, and guests, at Book Soup

Join Francesca Lia Block, and guests, for readings from, and a signing of Rough Magick: Anthology. The Rough Magick anthology has gathered together a collection of haunting, sometimes chilling, short stories and poems about the darker side of love and sex. Some of the stories are magical, some are more realistic, and the “magic” comes through language and lyricism. What unites these stories is that the writers have boldly faced love’s shadows in unique and gripping ways.

Contributors and readers include: Amanda Yates, Laura Lee Bahr, Mary Pauline Lowry, Logan Brendt, and Manny Chavarria.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/francesca-lia-block-and-guests-reads-and-signs-rough-magick-anthology

Chris Morris on Los Lobos at Chevalier’s

Join Chris Morris, Los Angeles-based writer and DJ, in conversation with Robert Kraft, award-winning songwriter, film composer and former president of Fox music, to discuss Morris’ recent book Los Lobos: Dream in Blue. As the first full length critical biography on this unique band, the book traces the entire arc of Los Lobos’ career.

Chris Morris was music editor of the Hollywood Reporter, a senior writer for Billboard, and also longtime music critic at Los Angeles City Beat and the Los Angeles Reader. His work has appeared in numerous publications and he is a past Grammy award nominee. Los Lobos: Dream in Blue (2015) was launched late last year with a special event featuring Morris and the band at the Grammy Museum in L.A.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/      

Dana Spiotta at Skylight Books

National Book Award Finalist Dana Spiotta will read from her new novel Innocents and Others. Set in the Los Angeles of the eighties and the Brooklyn and crumbling upstate New York of today, Innocents and Others is an ambitious, wise and beautiful novel that tracks the friendship of two women, both filmmakers: Meadow, who makes art films, and Carrie, who makes commercially successful films with a feminist slant.

An acute observer of the way we live now, Spiotta is masterful at evoking the corrosive nature of fame, technology, and progress, the tyranny of the body, the will to become something. And the longing for connection and meaning.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/dana-spiotta-reads-her-new-novel-innocents-and-others

In the Words of Womyn

In the Words of Womyn strives to create and foster a safe space in which womyn explore and develop her identity as a writer. ITWOW empowers womyn “to give sound to our story and volume to our voice,” through the practice and sharing of written and spoken-word arts.

Where: Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 11th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Unit A

Website: www.inthewordsofwomyn.com

Sesschu Foster and Maria Teutsch at Beyond Baroque

Sesschu Foster has taught composition and literature in East Los Angeles for 20 years. He’s also taught writing at the University of Iowa, California Institute for the Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz and Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. His work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies.

Maria Garcia Teutsch’s recent publications can be found in the Sylvia Plath anthology, McSweeny’s, and others.  She is the editor-in-chief of the Homestead Review magazine, and also Ping-Pong, a literary journal.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 11th  

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Remarkable Women of California Author at Vroman’s

Join us as Marilyn DeYoung presents and signs Remarkable Women of California. The Golden State has attracted and created more than its share do illustrious, talented and provocative women Using historical references, personal interviews, as well as her own personal recollections, Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung has created a unique insider’s view of these influential women’s lives. Her vivid biographies and photos give a distinct social history to the women’s movement and the growth of California.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/marilyn-deyoung-presents-and-signs-remarkable-women-california

Ken Corbett with Maggie Nelson at Skylight

Please join us to hear Ken Corbett discuss his new book Murder Over a Girl, with Maggie Nelson. On February 12, 2008, 14-year-old Brendon MacInerney and the rest of his eighth grade class walked to the computer lab with their teacher. As his classmates typed their papers, Brandon quietly stood and shot 15-year-old Larry King—who for two weeks had been wearing traditionally female accessories and identifying as “Leticia.”

Larry died in the hospital two days later. Psychologist and NYU professor Ken Corbett was unsettled by the media coverage that sidestepped the issues of gender, race and identity, and went to California to attend the trial. In this book, Corbett, a leading expert on gender and masculinity, details the case, and all the social issues still of concern eight years later.

Maggie Nelson is the author of The Argonauts, as well as an American poet, art critic, lyric essayist and nonfiction author, including the book Jane: A Murder, which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday, the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ken-corbett-discusses-his-new-book-murder-over-girl-maggie-nelson      Holaday Mason, Marsha de la O & Gail Wronsky at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to hear Holaday Mason, Marsha de la O and Gail Wronsky read together for the first time, offering up a kaleidoscope of the colors of the many words within many worlds.

HoladayMason is the author of four collections of poetry. Her book (with audio CD) The Red Bowl: A Fable in Poems will be published in Spring 2016 with Red Hen Press, and The “She” Series, A Venice Collaboration (with Sarah Maclay) is due on What Books in Fall 2016. She worked as co-editor of Echo 68, poetry editor of Mentalshoes.com, and her photography has graced many websites and books.

Marsha de la O was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her MFA from Vermont College and is the author of two collections of poetry. A former bilingual schoolteacher, she now lives in Ventura with her husband Phil Taggert, and they publish the poetry journal Askew.

Gail Wronsky is the author of ten books of poetry, prose, and translations, including So Quick Bright Things (What Books, 2010), Poems for Infidels (Red Hen Press, 2004), and Dying for Beauty (Copper Canyon Press, 2000).

Suggested donation $5.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 12th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Grand Park’s SPRINGTIME READS at “The Bradbury Room”

Join us as Grand Park’s SPINGTIME READS begins a season of reading and writing activities creating interesting places and spaces for bookworms of all ages. Kicking off with THE BRADBURY ROOM all are invited to channel their inner Bradbury and type away, prompted by quotes from the famous book, among Grand Park’s trees, fountain, and spring breezes.

Presented by: Grand Park, Writ Large Press, the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, and the nation-wide The Big Read.

Where: Grand Park

Date: Saturday the 12th  

Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Address: 200 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015

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

Kara Cooney at Book Soup

Author Kara Cooney presents and signs The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt. An engrossing biography of the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt and the story of her audacious rise to power, her reign saw one of Egypt’s most prolific building periods. But scholars have long speculated on why her monuments were destroyed within a few decades of her death. Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut methodically consolidated power and why she fell from public favor just as quickly.

Kara Cooney is an associate professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA. In 2005 she was co-author of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She also produced a comparative archeology series entitled Out of Egypt, which aired on the Discovery Channel and is streaming on Netflix.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday, the 12th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/kara-cooney-presents-and-signs-woman-who-would-be-king-hatshepsuts-rise-power-ancient-egypt

Book Club Discussion at Westwood Branch Library

Join the discussion about As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.

Open to adults and seniors.

Where: Westwood Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 12th

Time: 11 am – 12 pm

Address: 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/westwood

Uptown Word Reading Series

Uptown Word & Arts, hosted by writer and instructor liz gonzalez, features three poets this month:

Michael Datcher is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Raising Fences, and the acclaimed historical novel Americus. He co-hosts the weekly public affairs news magazine Beautiful Struggles on 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, and is a professor of English at Loyola Marymount University.

Li Yun Alvarado is the author of Words or Water (forthcoming) and Nuyorico, CA. Her work has appeared in many publications and she is currently the Senior Poetry Editor for Kweli Journal, and is an alumna of VONA/voices Writing Workshop and AROHO. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MA and PhD in English from Fordham University.

Robin Dawn Hudechek received her MFA in creative writing, poetry from UCI. A Pushcart nominee, her poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals. In October 2105 her chapbook, Ice Angels, was published in IDES: A Collection of Poetry Chapbooks.

Open Mic follows the features. Get there early to sign up.

Reception with light refreshment follows the open mic.

Where: North Neighborhood Library, LBPL

Date: Sunday the 13th

Time: 1 pm –  3 pm

Address: 5571 Orange Ave., Long Beach CA 90805

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

Soap Box Open Reading

Join us for the monthly Soap Box Poets Open Reading. This is your home. Bring your words. The mic is yours.

Hosted by Jessica Wilson.

Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm. There is a five-minute limit.

$5 admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 13th  

Time: 2 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Juan F. Thompson at Book Soup

Juan F. Thompson discusses and signs Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson. Hunter S. Thompson was the wild man of American journalism with a journalistic appetite that drove his sense of justice and intrigue, from biker gangs and 1960s counterculture to presidential campaigns and psychedelic drugs. Now Juan F. Thompson tells the story of his father and of their getting to know each other during their forty-one years fraught years together.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 13th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/juan-f-thompson-discusses-and-signs-stories-i-tell-myself-growing-hunter-s-thompson

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